Reaching Out & Helping Others In Wayne County

By KPass | wayne-county

Jul 11

There are so many creative non-profit businesses cropping up in Richmond/Wayne County.  Each has their particular focus on the community and all have the best intentions for others.  The following are examples of people supporting our community.  If you know of other new non-profits in Wayne County please let us know so that we can feature them on

Abilities Thrift Store:

We have featured this enterprise before but it is worth mentioning again.  Located in uptown Richmond its goal is to provide job training and a work place for young people with disabilities. Training begins while in high school and young adults can then work at the store.  This support gives young people a place to feel needed and a community in which to flourish.  Proprietor, Tami Johnson, is behind this endeavor and is constantly coming up with new ideas for young people such as Karaoke night and arts and crafts.  If you would like to support this non-profit by donations of furniture or money you can contact Tami at 765-966-0066.  You can also visit their Facebook site.

Tossed & Found:

Laurel Whitt had a vision while attending I.U. East taking business courses.  She was asked to create an actual business.  Laurel wanted something that would help people in the community in two ways: One, by helping women going back to school by using the proceeds of her business to assist them with utility bills and internet access.  Two, by creating a business that was green using up-cycling.  Laurel and her volunteers will take old items and make them into lovely new items such as furniture, clothing, jewelry and decorative items up-cycling them into artistic pieces.  If you would like to donate your garage sale items that you have left over or just want to get rid of things in your house—you can drop them off at the Railroad Store in the Depot District where the Tossed & Found office is located.  If you would like to volunteer to help make these pieces see Laurel—she is in her office nearly every day of the week.  You can make monetary donations as well.

The WIT House:

WIT House Garden

Deborah Moore is the owner/director of this home for “Women in Transition,” that is located in Richmond.  An interview is set later this month with Deborah to find out how she started, their mission and what they have achieved thus far.  They have a facebook page “The WIT House” and are developing a website.  They just held a fund raising car wash this weekend and have another scheduled for early August.  They can be contacted at: 765-488-1649.  Donations are appreciated.

Other Non-Profits That Help Educate the Community:

The Starr/Gennett Foundation

brings the history of recorded music to Wayne County.  Events are mostly free to the public such as the daytime events coming this September with the induction celebration in the Gorge.  The theme this year will be Blues and a BBQ.  The presence of this organization has already brought enjoyment to the county as well as wonderful educational experiences with the various musical genres.  We all have learned the part that the Gennett recording studios played in early recorded music.  They have brought a sense of pride to our county and city of Richmond.  To sponsor this organization you can contact Terri Hardy director of Starr Gennett Foundation at: 765.962.2860

The Model T Ford Club

with a museum housed in Centerville next to the Warm Glow Candle store, has brought Wayne County amazing educational and visual experiences.  The past parade of Model T’s at the depot was a sight to behold and was organized by the chapter in Centerville IN.  An off shoot of their own events will be the Flying Circus on July 20th in Hagerstown IN.  A group of vintage plane owners will come from all over bringing their planes for display and some to fly in an air show.  More details to follow on this event.  Some of the Model T’s will be at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the Depot on July 24th starting at 11:00 a.m., during the Save the Depot celebration.

There are many more organizations in Wayne County, and we are truly fortunate to have so many individuals in our community that give so much of themselves to support others.  Again, please suggest any other organizations that help our Wayne County community so we can write about them as well.

About the Author

Karole Passmore is a freelance writer who enjoys writing articles and short stories, interviewing local people, and researching non-fiction subject matter– preferably historical. Graduate of RHS, Ivy Tech Richmond, and Earlham College– with a major in History, Karole has spent most of her life in Wayne County and enjoys the quaint atmosphere of a small town.