The Wabash Valley Community Foundation has released the 2012 Holiday Wish List, a compilation of 64 non-profit organizations and more than 250 wishes to be fulfilled in Clay, Sullivan and Vigo counties. Clay County has a total of 23 organizations involved. Each organization has listed three wishes of varying amounts that will be beneficial to the organization during the holiday season.
The 2012 Holiday Wish List provides an opportunity for individuals to purchase a gift "in honor of" a friend or family member during the month of December. The guide may also be used for general holiday giving or year-end charitable giving.
"I think this is important for these non-profits because at the holiday season people are thinking of gift giving and charitable giving," Community Foundation Executive Director Beth Tevlin said. "Sometimes, someone doesn't need anything or you don't know what to get them, and this is something that can really give back to the community. You can match the gift recipient's interest with some of the wishes."
According to the Community Foundations Wish List Booklet, the following is how to fulfill an organization's wish:
* Browse the 2012 Holiday Wish List, reviewing organizations' statements and wishes of varying amounts,
* Select the wish that honors a friend or family member, or best meets a charitable giving goals,
* Complete the 2012 Holiday Wish List order form, and
* Return the 2012 Holiday Wish List order form along with a check payable to the Wabash Valley Community Foundation by Dec. 20, to receive a personalized holiday card in time for the holidays. The Community Foundation will forward the gift to the organization, including the name of the donor and the name of the person being honored.
On the order form, be sure to include the following:
* Contact information -- Those taking part will receive a gift receipt for your charitable giving,
* Contact information of the person being honored -- The Community Foundation will prepare a holiday card to notify this person about the organization and the gift in their name. The card may be mailed to the honored person or it can be sent to the mailer to be delivered personally, and
* Organization and wish/endowment fund -- The Community Foundation will notify the organization of the gift, the donor and the honored person.
The Wabash Valley Community Foundation's goal is to build the Valley's philanthropic resources by encouraging people to create permanently endowed funds that support charitable opportunities throughout local communities. This year's holiday wish list was put together by an intern with the Community Foundation, and Tevlin thinks it is a great project.
"We are all so caught up in the material aspect of what we have or what we give," Tevlin said. "This allows someone to focus on giving a gift that makes a difference. For the recipient, you know something good is happening in your honor."
For more information, contact the Wabash Valley Community Foundation at 812-232-2234.
The following is a list of the Clay County nonprofit organizations taking part in the 2012 Holiday Wish List:
* American Diabetes Association, Indiana,
* American Red Cross Wabash Valley Chapter,
* Catholic Charities in Terre Haute,
* CHANCES for Indiana Youth,
* Clay City Fair Association,
* Clay Community Parks Association, Inc.,
* Clay County Emergency Food Pantry,
* Clay County Genealogical Library, Inc.,
* Clay County Historical Society,
* Community Theatre of Clay County, Inc.,
* Council on Domestic Abuse, Inc. (CODA),
* Family Service Association Counseling Center,
* Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department,
* The Maple Center for Integrative Health,
* McMillan Adult Day Service,
* Poland Historical Chapel Society, Inc.,
* Posey Township Clay County Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.,
* Senior Education Ministries, Inc.,
* Serving On the Streets, Inc.,
* Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Inc.,
* The Villages of Indiana,
* Wabash Valley Youth for Christ, and
* Wreath, Inc./The Rock.