Job Opportunity: The LEAGUE – Volunteer & Human Resources Coordinator

League for the BlindDate Posted: February 23, 2016                                              

Employment Status: Full-time Salaried/Exempt – hours may vary as needed.

Position Summary: This position coordinates the recruitment, fulfillment, and tracking for volunteer and paid employment positions offered by The League. This position also performs administrative, clerical, and receptionist duties. The efforts of this position should result in The League having the paid and volunteer staffing resources needed to enhance and strengthen The League’s consumer service and operational activities.

Job Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed in the Job Description are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.

Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from a four-year college or university; or two years of post-secondary education and two years of related experience and/or training; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Recommended experience would include volunteer management or employment recruiting. Prefer a qualified person with a disability.

Pay Rate:  Negotiable

More information available at 

To Apply: Send cover letter and resumé to:

John Guingrichx                                                                                                                                         Director of Programs and Services                                                                                                     The League                                                                                                                                                       5821 S. Anthony Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46816                                                                                                                                                                     email:

Deadline to apply: Open until position filled

The League is an equal employment opportunity employer, and is committed to making reasonable accommodations needed by qualified individuals with disabling conditions that enable them to perform the essential functions of the position. People from racial/cultural minority groups and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Future of Healthcare: Healing Our Community with Hope

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Presentation 2-3:30 p.m.
Book Signing and Resource Fair 3:30-5 p.m.

USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center          

431 W. Berry Street Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802

The University of Saint Francis and The Lutheran Foundation welcome bestselling author, blogger and Ted Talks sensation Glennon Doyle Melton to present her story of struggle with mental illness on March 1. “Future of Healthcare: Healing Our Community with Hope, Part 1” will begin at 2 p.m. in the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry Street.

Melton is the author of the inspiring and hilarious New York Times bestselling memoir, “Carry On, Warrior.” She is the founder of, an online community of thousands of readers who meet daily to experience her shameless and laugh-out-loud funny essays about marriage, motherhood, faith, addiction, recovery, and serving the marginalized.

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Glennon Doyle Melton

She is also the creator and president of Together Rising, a nonprofit organization that has revolutionized online giving through “Love Flash Mobs,” and has connected countless families in need with hundreds of thousands of dollars in critical resources. She has been featured on the TODAY show, The Talk, OWN, and in The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Glamour, Family Circle, Parents Magazine, Newsweek, Woman’s Day and The Huffington Post, as well as other television and print outlets.

Melton will discuss her struggles with mental illness, and her lecture will include Q&A opportunities. After the presentation, she will sign her books while a resource fair will be available for attendees to learn about area mental wellness organizations.

This event is being presented in conjunction with The Lutheran Foundation’s new resource,, which will launch on February 23. LookUp will help build awareness of mental health issues and provide a connection to resources and providers in our area.

“Future of Healthcare” is free to the public, but registration is required to attend. Please register by February 29.


Meet Our New Intern, Katrina

Hello World,

My name is Katrina and I’m the new PCNRC intern. I graduated in May of 2015 from Ball State University with a degree in Anthropology and a minor in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. Katrina Pieri for wordpressI’m looking forward to this amazing opportunity to learn more about how nonprofits function. I plan on working in the nonprofit field throughout my life. This may involve working directly for a nonprofit, volunteering, or perhaps even starting my own nonprofit.

I’m also particularly excited to be working at the library because my second career goal is to become a published novelist.* As the daughter of a librarian, I spent many years growing up listening to my father read Harry Potter (and other books, though mainly Harry Potter) and attempting to write my own magical stories.

Besides reading (as you might guess) and writing, I also have a great passion for traveling. So far, I’ve been to Italy, Germany, China, and Vietnam, in that order. I’ve also been to Canada, but it seems no one ever counts poor Canada when listing off countries in this fashion. I have a rather lofty goal of visiting every country in the world. It’s been done before and it can certainly be done again.

For anyone reading this, I hope to meet you in person sometime, whether you visit the PCNRC to utilize our resources or attend one of our upcoming programs!

*Cue jokes about how we all know someone who is ‘writing a novel.’

Indiana Association of United Ways ALICE Report

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The Indiana Association of United Ways (IAUW) has released their report from the Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) research project finding that 37% of Indiana households “struggle with basic necessities.” As stated by the IAUW, “ALICE represents men and women of all ages and races who get up each day to go to work, but who aren’t sure if they’ll be able to put dinner on the table each night.”

The ALICE Threshold is designed to account for those individuals who are above the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) but are receiving income under certain sustainable living benchmarks. By introducing this new vocabulary, the United Way is attempting to discuss economic equality issues with increased transparency and clarity.

Within Allen County, the report found 57% of Wayne Township households fell beneath the ALICE Threshold while only 12% of Eel River and Aboite Townships fell beneath the Threshold. Economic conditions across the county including Housing Affordability, Job Opportunities, and Community Support were all classified as “Fair” according to an “Economic Viability Dashboard.”

Commissioned by United Ways in six states including California, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, and New Jersey, research for the ALICE project was conducted by the Rutgers University-Newark’s School of Public Affairs and Administration.

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Updated Community Health Resource Directory from St. Joseph Community Health Foundation: Now available in Spanish

The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation is happy to announce that their 2015-16 Spanish version of the Community Health Resource Directory of low cost, affordable health and wellness services in Allen County is now available! Sjchf Community health directory logo/button

The Directory makes it easier to connect uninsured, under-insured and low-income individuals with quality healthcare resources in our community.

Allen County is blessed with many healthcare providers who want to provide quality care at a low-cost and/or for free. Finding these providers is often difficult.

For more information about the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation please visit their main website at:

This Directory is available online at  Contact the Foundation to obtain free print copies of the Directory, by calling 260-969-2001 ext. 211 or emailing

The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation hopes you find these new resources helpful in connecting your families, friends and clients with quality, affordable health and wellness care here in Allen County.

United Way and Homelessness Council Announce Results

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News release from the United Way of Allen County:

United Way and Homelessness Council Announce Results
Area Homelessness Data from January Point In Time Count

(June 26, 2014) – United Way of Allen County and the area Homelessness Council announced local data from the point in time count held in January. The point in time count assesses local issues of homelessness in order to clearly identify areas of need in the region.

This year, overall results showed a decrease in the number of homeless individuals in the area as well as the number of those unable to obtain access to shelter. The total number of homeless individuals in Allen, Huntington, Noble and Whitley counties during the count was 445 individuals, a 17 percent decrease over last year. The number of those individuals that remained unsheltered at that time was 30 individuals or 7 percent of those counted. This change is believed to be a result of multiple factors including the rapid rehousing program and the especially brutal winter. Continue reading

Corporate Social Responsibility and Citizenship – a Public Relations perspective from PRSA on June 19

Lanah K. Hake, panelist for upcoming PRSA meetup

Have you heard of the PRSA Hoosier Chapter’s Fort Wayne Meetups?

The brainchild of Peter Schnellenberger, the meetups are aimed at connecting Fort Wayne’s talented Public Relations professionals. Because the topic hits home for nonprofits, Peter reached out to us about the upcoming June 19 PRSA meetup, “Corporate Citizenship: Fad or Differentiator?” (Register here)

Peter encouraged us to speak with panelist Lanah Hake Tarango, founder of LanahLink Social Impact Solutions, to learn more about the topic and how it applies to you.

What is Corporate Social Responsibility?

Well, there is a range of semantics and vocabulary used to define this growing concept. It includes terms like Social Impact, Social Return on Investment, Triple Bottom Line, Strategic Community investment, and Corporate Citizenship.

A basic definition would be “helping business understand community impact with both internal and external relationships.” These include considering things from where the money goes to where materials come from and more.

We have more official definitions, like the one from the Harvard Kennedy School, but mostly this is what we’re talking about.

Fundamentally, it’s a shift from thinking of business in isolation to seeing the ripple effect of a business’s decisions and relationships in a local community and even globally.

When strategic, [CSR] has an opportunity to maximize both community outcomes, investment and enhance branding, talent attraction, staff engagement and a range of other desirable outcomes for business.

And we’re talking about the full range of businesses doing CSR – from one-person shops to $50 million corporations.

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