#GivingTuesday

Hello Fello Supporters!

Would you like o help our organization get more in donations? Here is how you can help! The Tuesday after Thanksgiving, November 27th, is National #GivingTuesday. Our organization needs your support. You can start a fundraiser on your social media page for Why Aren’t You Smiling Inc. to get your friends and followers to donate towards our non profit. Mental Health in our country is becoming a very important conversation. Our organization supports mental health of youth ages 9-18 years of age. We help kids that deal with anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, etc. learn to cope by using organic forms of therapy in addition to his or her traditional therapy sessions. If we are going to be able to serve more kids in the Indianapolis area, our monetary support has to increase.

That is where you come in. Create a fundraiser on your Facebook page, choose our organization, Why Aren’t You Smiling Inc. , and invite your friends to give on Tuesday, November 27th and donations will me matched. It’s that easy!

Thanks for your support!

 

We Need Your Help!

Since our organization Why Aren’t You Smiling Inc. began, we have been sponsoring, at holiday time, another non profit that has a great need. For the past two years we have given a party for the women and children at Wheeler Mission. This year we are happy to announce that we will be partnering with Good News Ministries Inc. Good News Ministries Inc. has several outreach programs. One of their programs is for inner city youth ages 8-18 years of age. We would like to be a blessing to them by serving dinner, playing games, doing crafts, and giving away toys and items for teens. If you would like to help put a smile on the face of these children, you can send an unwrapped toy to our location. If you would like to donate money to help with the dinner and craft items you may donate here at our website or mail a check made payable to our organization at 1001 East Palmer Street Indianapolis, IN 46203. Please put Good News in the memo area. Thank you and God Bless.

Great times in “The Big Easy”

Our teens just recently spent five days in New Orleans! Thanks to all our family, friends, and donors, the teenagers were able to tour an HBCU-Southern University at New Orleans, volunteer at a homeless shelter-The New Orleans Mission, tour the lower ninth ward, where a great amount of devastation occurred when Hurricane Katrina hit the city back in 2005, and have an overall fun visit in the city. Here are a few pictures from our trip.

 

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Indiana Idol Singing Competition

Hello Everyone!

Why Aren’t You Smiling will be holding a singing and rapping competition in the summer, August 11th, 2018. We are looking for talent in the city to compete but also help us to raise money to support the program. So if you are a believer in supporting mental health and you’re talented, WE NEED YOU! Please email us at wayswesmile@gmail.com or leave us a message here for details. Thank you and auditions will be in May.

Help us get to New Orleans!

This summer our organization will be taking the Teen Group to New Orleans for a wonderful and exciting adventure. The teens will be not only sight-seeing, but they will be volunteering with The New Orleans Mission. A non-profit that feeds over a 1,000 homeless women, men, and children per day! We wanted the teens to be able to continue with our mission of the program, helping others, while having a fun and learning experience. We will also visit the college campus of Southern University while there, tour the Ninth Ward, where most of the devastation occurred during Hurricane Katrina, The World War II Museum, Audubon Zoo, Jackson Square, St. Joseph’s Cemetery, and more! The teens are extremely excited. If you would like to help them get there, make your donation today at this website. Thank you and Keep Smiling!IMG_8767

New Year, New Goals

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Happy New Year everyone from us at W.A.Y.S.! It’s a new year and our program has new goals. We want to be able to get a better transportation system for the program-15-passenger van, more rewards, healthier meals at meetings, more helpful seminars for the kids, more guest speakers, etc.. We cannot do it without your donations. It doesn’t have to be much, just something to show the kids you care. Please┬ácontribute to this great program. Please and thank you!

 

(These were our goals last year. We are still praying for these things)

Pumpkin Patch with the kiddos!

We like having fun at W.A.Y.S. So, all of our time isn’t spent indoors talking. We get out and explore, to see what the city has to offer. We went to Waterman’s Pumpkin Patch and played with goats, took a hayride, picked some pumpkins, ran through a corn maze, drank hot chocolate, and laughed, and laughed, and laughed. We know here at W.A.Y.S. that laughter is good for the soul! Here are a few pictures from our muddy experience!

Wheeler Mission Christmas Party 2017

Our organization has been able to invest a lot of service time to the Wheeler Mission shelter for women and children. This past December we gave them a party to remember. With a meal fit for a king, we were able to serve about 89 women, children, and staff. We had a ugly sweater pageant, karaoke time, crafts, and an awesome dinner! What a blessing they were to us and hopefully we were a blessing to them. Here are some highlights from that evening.

Our 2017 Donor List

We want to give a huge shout out to all the individuals and organizations that have supported our program this year. We could not do it without you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Katharina Dulckeit
Vernon Marsh and Barbara Van Vleet
Maliya Washington
Angelica Bonilla
Treay Bonilla
Ronald Bonilla
WAYS Parents
Josie Salinas
Tashanna Sowell
Brittany Lawton
Arthur Adams
Luke Green
Megan Dedeic
Matt Calhoun
Melinda Jameison
Jeffery Dyer
Rhonda Grady
Ivan Vargas
Michael Paulo
Trina Jones
Jay Jackson
Demetrius Smith
Maria Green
Mark Hollomon
Michelle Salinas
Joshua Estrada
Jason Estrada
Dara Gomez
Mavis Washington
Julie Rosetto
Angel Anderson
Corey and Karen Jackson
Michele Patterson
Angie Ennis
Hugh Smith III
Lauren Campbell
David Williams
Belinda DeHorn
Clarice Bailey
Sylvia Spears
Greg and Karen Ennis
Horizon Central Fellowship
Ben and Krista Coleman
Carlita Felder
Latrice Queen
Rosalba White
Chasmine Anderson
LaShauna Moore
Brenda Vega
Jace Hasenour
Daniel Shelton
Susan Ikeda
Larry Kimpel
Ron Jackson
Julie Dart
Paula Calhoun
Sandra Choyce
Tim Ford
Michelle Johnson
Garfield Park NA
Ayinde Brewster
Sandra Queen
Scott Tisby
Ronda Maddox
Catrina Jordan
Celia Choyce
Mary Delach
Dave-from Ace Hardware
Raynell Herring
Rachelle Barrett
Michelle Shafford
Rosalba White
Monica Bickerstaff
Harvey and Cheryl Estrada
Kinaya Foster
Jeaninne Mitchell
Ivan Vargas
Yuvelle McFarland
Kenny Washington
Becky Williams
Janet Kempf Barnaby
Elveida Taylor
Doug and Janet Shelton
Michelle Shaffer
Jasmine Wooden
Adriane Davis
Stormy Royse
Thomas Meade
Bethel AME
Project Love Food Pantry
Marcia Warrington
Anya Williams
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Pacers
Josephg Gilmore
Darla Rideaux
Carla Cannon
Robyn Stovall
Robin Herring
Earlean Fuller
Dessie Senegal
 Dr. Diane Martin
Debbie Holbert
Ryan Bishop
Emily Sauer Panich
Car Wash Patrons
Michelle Page
Garfield Park Farmers Market
Pete Septoski
Sally Dunn, Lena Dunn, and Denise Parker
Yvette Alexander
Carolyn Bosfield