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.
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.
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 email@example.com or leave us a message here for details. Thank you and auditions will be in May.
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!
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 contribute to this great program. Please and thank you!
(These were our goals last year. We are still praying for these things)
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!
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.
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.
|Vernon Marsh and Barbara Van Vleet|
|Corey and Karen Jackson|
|Hugh Smith III|
|Greg and Karen Ennis|
|Horizon Central Fellowship|
|Ben and Krista Coleman|
|Garfield Park NA|
|Dave-from Ace Hardware|
|Harvey and Cheryl Estrada|
|Janet Kempf Barnaby|
|Doug and Janet Shelton|
|Project Love Food Pantry|
|Dick’s Sporting Goods|
|Dr. Diane Martin|
|Emily Sauer Panich|
|Car Wash Patrons|
|Garfield Park Farmers Market|
|Sally Dunn, Lena Dunn, and Denise Parker|
The kids involved with the group just had the experience of their lives. Our three day, three night trip was a huge success. We had a very much needed history lesson at The National Center for Civil Rights, visited The World of Coca Cola Museum, did a scavenger hunt throughout the city that allowed us to see several other historical landmarks, Olympic Centennial Park, dinner at The Busy Bee Cafe, and more. We want to thank all our contributors who made this trip possible.