I was recently able to work with a non-profit organization called The Haven. I worked on an assignment where I made a mini grant proposal for The Haven, so they could try to gain money for the Annual Pool Party for the youth of Connersville, Indiana. The Haven’s sole purpose is to reach out to the young adults in Fayette County and help them through tough situations in life. This organization is so dear to my heart because I have participated in some of the programs The Haven has offered, and I’ve seen the life changes The Haven brings to the young adults of Connersville.
The Haven was created in March of 2010 by the Freshman Success Councilor of Connersville High School, Holly Dunn. Holly started the organization at Crosspoint Biker Church in Connersville with a Friday night youth service called FUEL. FUEL is now just one of the many things offered by The Haven. The Haven offers FUEL, The Landing, Small Groups, Whitewater Care Pavilion, and Mentoring Programs. FUEL is a community youth service promoting spiritual development. The Landing is a drug and alcohol support and prevention center for young adults. Small Groups allows the teenagers to mentor each other and help each other through tough life situations. The Whitewater Care Pavilion is a youth service for children who are troubled and underprivileged and do not have the opportunities to experience Christ. Mentoring Programs are where adults in the community are able to connect with high school students and try to help them towards a promising future.
Things done to Help
My partner, Jessica Raham, and I both love Holly and the work she has done for Connersville. We knew it would be easy to help her. Jessica has a family member in Kappa Kappa Kappa which is an organization in Connersville that helps donates to The Haven already. Jessica thought we could ask them for a around $300 dollars to help Holly pay for the Annual Pool Party coming up this July. We wrote a mini grant proposal to Kappa Kappa Kappa as if we were Holly Dunn asking for the donation. We also plan to volunteer in the future at a FUEL service soon. We plan to help pass out food to the children after the youth service is over.
I really enjoyed doing this project. It was my favorite project I’ve done all semester. I felt like I could help make a difference after writing that mini grant proposal. It was good knowing Jessica and I could try to help The Haven while also striving for a good grade on an assignment. I’m very glad I’ve learned how to write a mini grant proposal. I hope that I can be apart of a nonprofit organization like The Haven in the future. Knowing how to write a mini grant proposal could benefit me in a situation like that.
The Haven is such a benefit to teenagers in Connersville. I’ve seen first hand Holly’s help at FUEL, Small Groups, and the Whitewater Care Pavilion because I’ve helped her out for a couple years in those areas; she has also helped me grow in my faith during those volunteer hours. The Haven deserves help because Holly has really help out our community.