Nonprofits With Mission

Each month we will put the spotlight on a non-profit doing the important work of helping our community be a better place to live.  You will learn what each does, what makes them special, why they are important to all of us, and even how you can help.

TURNSTONE Receives Grant For Wheelchair Tennis Program, also TURNSTONE and IPFW hosts WHEELCHAIR TENNIS OPEN - May 30-31, 2011
It was a great, hot weekend for tennis in Fort Wayne, Indiana at Concordia Lutheran High School.  Take a look at the photos below to see some of the action.  It is truly inspirational to watch these athletes play tennis.  Click here to see more photos. 

The United States Tennis Association announced that Turnstone in Fort Wayne, Indiana has been awarded a USTA Wheelchair Program Grant. The grant, in the amount of $500, is one of 21 USTA Wheelchair Program Grants awarded by the USTA which total $45,000.

Grants were awarded to organizations from across the United States that promote and develop the growth of wheelchair tennis and use the sport of tennis to build stronger, healthier communities. Since the inaugural grants in 2008, the total pool of USTA wheelchair tennis grant money has increased each year.

Grant amounts were based on each program's existing budget and the future programmatic needs of the organization. Recipients can use the award to meet the USTA’s grant initiatives including coaching, court time, equipment, recruitment and events (tournaments, camps, etc.).

“We are thrilled to again recognize local organizations across the country that are committed to promoting and growing wheelchair tennis,” said Dan James, USTA National Manager, Wheelchair Tennis, “These grants are just a part of the continued effort in implementing important programs that reach out to the wheelchair community through tennis and the USTA is happy to assist in these endeavors.”   The USTA grants are being awarded to the following organizations:
Adaptive Athletics Association, Mountain Center, Calif.
Ala Moana Wheelchair Tennis Club, Honolulu, Hawaii
Apex  Park & Recreation District–Arvada Tennis  Center, Arvada,  Colo.
Colorado Wheelchair Tennis Foundation, Denver, Colo.   
County of Maui Department of Parks and Rec, Kahului, Hawaii
Far West Wheelchair Athletic Association, San Jose, Calif.
Gerald West Coast Wheelchair Tennis Association, Woodland Hills, Calif.
Idaho Wheelchair Tennis Association, Boise, Idaho
IMPAKT Tennis, Corte Madera, Calif.
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, Philadelphia, Penn.
Mid Atlantic Wheelchair Athletic Association, Stuarts Draft, Va.
Midland Community Tennis  Center, Midland, Mich.
Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund, Inc., Waterloo, Iowa
Prospect Park Alliance, Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y.
RHI Foundation, Inc., Indianapolis, Ind.
Richmond Tennis Association, Richmond, Va.
SportAbility of Iowa, Solon, Iowa
Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Utah Tennis Association, Salt Lake City, Utah
Walton Foundation for Independence, Augusta, Ga.
Wheelchair Sports, Inc., Wichita,  Kan.

Learn more about, donate to, or volunteer your time to Turnstone's Wheelchair Tennis Open and Program.  Also find out how TURNSTONE has been meeting the needs of children and adults with physical disABILITIES since it began in 1943 by clicking here

Arts United's History
Established in 1955, Arts United is the third oldest united nonprofit arts fund in the United States and the second largest arts council in the State of Indiana.   As the umbrella organization for nonprofit arts groups in northeast Indiana, Arts United provides leadership to the local arts community and is the largest single source of financial support for the arts in the region.

Arts United represents the Indiana Arts Commission, as the Region 3 partner serving 10 counties which include: Allen, Dekalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Miami, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley.

Arts United's Mission
Arts United's mission is to provide support to arts and cultural organizations and to unite and coordinate arts efforts in northeast Indiana.   Advocacy, allocations, facilities, and fundraising are at the core of Arts United's mission.

Arts United's Vision
To enrich the community by uniting and inspiring all people through the arts.

Arts United - Brings Mission and Vision Together
Arts United purchased the Fourth Wave Building to serve as an integral part of our cultural district. The building will eventually be home to several arts organizations and is located between the Arts United Center, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the History Center, and Hall Community Arts Center (Artlink, Cinema Center & Dance Collective.) Many Fort Wayne residents have imagined an arts campus downtown-Arts United is making the dream a reality.
Relaxing at the Taste of the Arts. The Fourth Wave building in background.
 One of the many projects Arts United plans and hosts is the Taste of the Arts each summer in downtown Fort Wayne. It is a special community-wide fundraising project to benefit Artists-in-Residence programs for area schools.

To learn more about Arts United and how you can get involved or contribute, click here.