United Way of Allen County seeks Community Investment Volunteer
Aug21

United Way of Allen County seeks Community Investment Volunteer

From the United Way of Allen County The mission of United Way of Allen County is to unite our community’s time, talent, and treasure to cultivate and advance community solutions that address the most critical issues around basic needs, education, financial stability, and healthy lives. United Way volunteers possess the knowledge, passion, and expertise required to create lasting change in our community. We invite you to be a part of the change, to share our vision of an Allen County where all individuals and families discover and achieve their potential. As such, we are currently seeking individuals from all walks of life to join us as Community Investment Volunteers. What is the United Way Community Investment Process? The Community Investment Process is the way in which United Way of Allen County determines the amount of funding it provides to non-profit agencies. Trained volunteers work on Community Investment teams, to make funding recommendations after carefully reviewing the applications and documents that potential agencies submit. United Way’s Board of Directors approves final investment decisions. Purpose of Community Investment Teams: Review applications from non-profit organizations and make funding recommendations to the Community Impact Committee. Monitor progress of funded services and programs. Benefits to the Volunteer: Build relationships with community and agency leaders. Strengthen analytical and decision-making skills in a team atmosphere. Enhance understanding of the complex needs and issues facing the broader community as well as potential responses to those needs. Help build a stronger community by ensuring resources are invested as efficiently and effectively as possible. Benefits to United Way: Ensure that a broad range of interests is represented and heard from throughout the Community Investment Process. Ensure transparency for the investment of donor contributions. Increase community awareness regarding the use of United Way funds. Further the mission of United Way of Allen County. A Successful Community Investment Volunteer is: An advocate for United Way of Allen County and its work in the community. Passionate about making a difference in Allen County. A financial contributor to United Way of Allen County. Knowledgeable of and eager to learn about community needs, issues, and resources. Professional in their behavior (i.e., timely, respectful, considerate). Able to work well with others in a group setting. Committed to maintaining appropriate confidentiality of Community Investment team discussions and materials. Committed to diversity and inclusivity. Able to use online grant software (training provided). Volunteer Responsibilities and Expectations: Application Review and Funding Determination: 1. Identify a Community Investment Team on which to participate: Childhood Success, Youth Success, Adult Success, or Safety Net Services. 2. Disclose any involvement with other agencies and any possible conflicts of interest to United Way....

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Atrium’s Highlight on Justin Sheehan / NEI Entrepreneurship Digest
May14

Atrium’s Highlight on Justin Sheehan / NEI Entrepreneurship Digest

The Northeast Indiana Entrepreneurship Digest is a recurring series of curated posts highlighting entrepreneurship, start-ups and small businesses in the Fort Wayne area. Contact Living Fort Wayne at info@livingfortwayne.com if you have stories or information to share. Atrium Member Highlight There are numerous ways to work in Fort Wayne outside of the traditional office space. Start Fort Wayne’s Atrium coworking space is highlighting its members. They have provided this “Member Highlight” on Justin Sheehan of Crown Jewel Marketing. This highlight is by Atrium Team Member Jack Cantey. Age: 25 Hometown: San Diego, CA Months/Years Lived in Fort Wayne: 22 years Business Name: Crown Jewel Marketing Year Established: 2011 (in high school) Atrium Member Since: Early 2017 Current Membership Type: Private Office In one or two sentences, can you describe what your business does? We know how hard it is for businesses to reach the right customers, so we become their marketing team by first creating a clear and compelling message using storytelling. Our clients have marketing that works, more customers in their doors, and the freedom (and less stress) to grow their business like crazy. What do you find most challenging about being an entrepreneur? What’s most rewarding about being an entrepreneur? Challenging: Capacity, time, multiple hats. What do I say yes to and what do I say no to? When I struggle with this, though, I think about that the fact Elon Musk has the same amount of time as I do. Rewarding: We get the opportunity to impact difference makers (like other entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders), who in turn impact other people’s lives. That’s why we’re in business. In what ways has your membership at Atrium helped you and your business? Atrium stepped in when we needed it the most. My previous office burnt down. I found that out at 6:30 a.m., called Atrium at 8:30 a.m., and had my new “office” unpacked there by 9:00 a.m. Without Atrium, I would have been attempting to work from my house or overpaying for average office space. Not only that, Atrium became a place for me and my team to have a community with other creatives and entrepreneurs. Whether it’s a random white board session or just having engaging and humorous conversations, community is something we really value, but it was missing at our previous office. Where do you see yourself/your business three to five years from now? I see Crown Jewel Marketing as a company that will help build other companies; every startup needs marketing, right?! I do have big visions for Crown Jewel and other companies, but I enjoy the journey way too much to just focus on...

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About The Legendary Trainhoppers
May11

About The Legendary Trainhoppers

UPDATE – Tonight’s Living Fort Wayne Concert Series at Headwaters Park has been cancelled due to the threat of severe weather. Safety is always our primary concern. Mark your calendars for the next Living Fort Wayne concert on June 27. https://bit.ly/1WmUCpn The Legendary Trainhoppers with opening act swimming[into]view are performing at the 2018 Living Fort Wayne Concert Series at Headwaters Park West on Wednesday, May 30 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Living Fort Wayne recently caught up with the Legendary Trainhoppers’ Matt Kelley to get his thoughts on what the Trainhoppers are all about! Tell us about The Legendary Trainhoppers The Legendary Trainhoppers are a six-piece Americana band based in Fort Wayne, IN. The band was originally active 2005–7, and re-formed in late-2015. The Trainhoppers have recorded three albums of original songs, and have performed at Middle Waves Music Festival, Down the Line (twice), the Living Fort Wayne Concert Series (twice) and more, and have opened for The Avett Brothers, The Cactus Blossoms, Marah, Rorey Carroll and Ike Reilly. Their most-recent album, LET IT BREATHE, was released in June 2017. Current Lineup for The Legendary Trainhoppers Colin Boyd – drums Chris Dodds – vocals, guitars, keys, harp Matt Kelley – mandolin, guitar Phil Potts – vocals, guitar Dan Smyth – vocals, guitar Casey Stansifer – bass “Rays of Light Shine” Short Film from Brad Bores Films on Vimeo. Describe your approach to Americana, roots-rock, alt-country? Well, we keep it loose, especially in live performance—we always get a little anxious if we’re feeling TOO rehearsed! We like to feel like the train could come off the tracks at any minute. The music we make is really just rock and roll, with some winks and nods to roots through some of our particular instrumentation, and of course lots of three-part harmony vocals. How did your band get its name? Thanks for asking—over time, the “legendary” thing is a bit smug, yeah? But, it’s kinda true. Basically, our band formed after my aunt presented me with a photo of my great-grandpa’s band, circa 1905. They had crooked hats, string instruments, and looked like they had just hopped off (or robbed) a train. It was 2005, and we just sat there staring at that photo and wondering, “What would they sound like today?” And then we decided to re-form the band, and find out. The band was originally a project to write songs that sounded like that photo looked. Soon enough, we had so much fun, we couldn’t resist making it a serious part of our lives. Which songs do you perform most frequently? Well, the repertoire is pretty large. We play 80 percent...

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About swimming[into]view
May11

About swimming[into]view

UPDATE – Tonight’s Living Fort Wayne Concert Series at Headwaters Park has been cancelled due to the threat of severe weather. Safety is always our primary concern. Mark your calendars for the next Living Fort Wayne concert on June 27. https://bit.ly/1WmUCpn swimming[into]view opens for The Legendary Trainhoppers at the 2018 Living Fort Wayne Concert Series at Headwaters Park West on Wednesday, May 30 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Living Fort Wayne recently caught up with [sv] to learn more about this up-and-coming alternative group. About swimming[into]view From swimming[into]view’s website: Formed in 2005, swimming[into]view got its start in the childhood basement of bassist Kullen Quinlan. Early rehearsals showed promise from day one. All four members have very different musical backgrounds. John Felts (drums) has a love for jazz and hip-hop. He is the most experienced performer of the group, including jazz and swing choir band. His beats are driving force behind all [sv] tunes. Drew Feipel (vocals) was a vocal lead in show choir, but has his heart in rock and alternative music. He is an equally experienced performer as John and is very comfortable taking lead on stage. Josh Cross (guitar) started playing at 15 and has jumped around from many different types of music. He played in punk, rock, acoustic, pop and alternative acts over the years. Kullen Quinlan (bass) started playing bass the day the band rehearsed the first time. He has a background in punk, pop and rock music. He picked up his instrument quickly and has become a major part of [sv]’s sound. [sv] wrote and recorded two albums in their first three years of playing together. Shows were abundant around the Fort Wayne area including Cincinnati, West Lafayette and Bloomington. Playing everything from bars/house parties to Relay For Life events, [sv] grew its fanbase at each show. In 2009, [sv] started writing songs for its third release. Before the album could be completed, three members moved to various parts of the country and plans for the band were put on hold. In 2013, the band started rehearsing again after all 4 members moved back to Fort Wayne. After years of practicing and writing new songs, [sv] played its first live show since 2010 in March 2016.   How did your band get its name? Randomly chosen from a Third Eye Blind lyric Musical influences? Quite a few! We all have different tastes in music. What year did your band form and how did you all get started? 2005 – Kullen started it all. Asked us to all come jam at a friend’s house and next thing you know we are still playing together 13 years later. Which songs...

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Atrium’s Highlight on Emily Baransy / NEI Entrepreneurship Digest
Apr15

Atrium’s Highlight on Emily Baransy / NEI Entrepreneurship Digest

The Northeast Indiana Entrepreneurship Digest is a recurring series of curated posts highlighting entrepreneurship, start-ups and small businesses in the Fort Wayne area. Contact Living Fort Wayne at info@livingfortwayne.com if you have stories or information to share. Atrium Member Highlight There are numerous ways to work in Fort Wayne outside of the traditional office space. Start Fort Wayne’s Atrium coworking space is highlighting its members. They have provided this “Member Highlight” by Atrium Team Member Jack Cantey to our blog. “Start Fort Wayne is a 501(c)3 that began in March 2015 as a rag-tag band of entrepreneurs and educators dedicating their spare time to help build a lasting community and culture of entrepreneurship and innovation in northeast Indiana.” Name: Emily Baransy Age: 29 Hometown: Ottawa, Ohio Years Lived in Fort Wayne: Six Company Name: Grantmakers In Aging Position: Program Manager Length of Time as Employee: One year Atrium Member Since: May 2017 Current Membership Type: General Can you briefly describe what the company you work for does? Grantmakers In Aging is a national membership organization that is dedicated to improving the experience of aging. We utilize networking, education, resources, and events to support our members’ grantmaking. Does your work with Grantmakers In Aging fit in with your educational and professional experience? It does. I am a licensed social worker, and although I never imagined myself in this job when I was in college, I have developed a passion for improving the lives of older adults. Within the next decade, we will see huge demographic shifts in the United States. Older adults will soon outnumber children under the age of five for the first time in history. And it’s no secret that our society is unprepared to handle this boom. I’m glad to play a small role in making sure older adults are valued throughout their entire lifespan. In what ways has your membership at Atrium helped you with working remotely? Working at Atrium has allowed me to maintain structure and focus in my work. It also allows me to separate my home and work life. And I occasionally use it to correct people who think working from home means sitting in your pajamas all day doing laundry! What are the challenges that come with working remotely? What would you say are the benefits? The company I work for has three employees: the CEO, another manager, and myself. That means we all wear multiple hats and are spread pretty thin. Communication is key to make sure the jobs are getting completed, and technology plays a big role in helping us stay connected. Strangely, I have found that working remotely has...

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