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Awards/recognition

•The Rev. Dr. Saharra Bledsoe, president of the Fort Wayne/Allen County chapter of the NAACP, is the “Have Faith in Heart” ambassador for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women. Bledsoe will help distribute heart kits to area churches. National Wear Red Day is Friday.

•The Leatherneck Coffee Club of Whitley County honored the following for their help with the Toys for Tots program, which served 168 families and 413 children: Alicia Johnson, Columbia City Ace Hardware; VFW Commander Post 5582 of Columbia City, Terry Woodling of the Columbia City Kroger, John Slavich and Whitley County Community Foundation, Rusty Parish of Velero Oil, Lori Buskin of Dollar General, Richard Conrow of C & A Tool, Fire Chief Chris Tomlinson of Smith Township Fire Department, Jim Millikin and Associates of Churubusco and Fire Chief Tom Larue and the Columbia City Fire Department.

•The Rev. Donovan A. Coley Sr., CEO and senior pastor of the Rescue Mission, received the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award at the Dr. King Unity Day Celebration hosted by the Martin Luther King Jr. Club at Grand Wayne Center.

Free tax sites

United Way of Allen County and Volunteer Center RSVP’s free tax preparation program for Allen County and DeKalb and Noble counties will begin today through April 12 at the following sites: Community Action of Northeast Indiana, 227 E. Washington Blvd.; St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1101 Lafayette St.; Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Room 2318; Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza; University of Saint Francis, 2701 Spring St.; United Way of Steuben County, 317 S. Wayne St. in Angola; Kendallville Housing Authority, 240 Angling Road in Kendallville; RSVP – Auburn, 107 W. Fifth St. in Auburn; and Strong Tower Worship Center, 203 S. Main St. in Ligonier. For times and information, flyers are available at CANI, United Way, Volunteer Center RSVP, or go to www.unitedawayallencounty.org/initiatives, or dial 211 for information.

Pathfinder Community Connections, a division of Pathfinder Services, will offer free tax preparation assistance through April 15. To schedule an appointment, call 260-355-2510 or email taxprep@pathfinderservices.org.

Giving back

Dress for Success Fort Wayne received $25,000 from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to establish a career center.

IAB Financial donated $2,214 each to SCAN and McKenzie’s Hope, the Huntington County Child Advocacy Center, from money raised during its employee jeans day fundraiser.

Karen Monique Gregg, a sociology professor at the University of Saint Francis, received the Indiana Campus Compact grant for Service Engagement through the Lilly Endowment to partner with YWCA Northeast Indiana to host Stand Against Racism on April 25.

•The Home Builders Association of Fort Wayne gave $6,000 to Habitat for Humanity for its Habitat’s 2014 Home Builder Blitz.

Opportunity Enterprises received a $2,650 grant from Peoples Bank’s Community First Program. The money will help the respite program, which provides caregiver relief for families caring for loved ones with developmental disabilities.

Board appointment

Todd Steele of Fort Wayne has been selected to serve on the Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky board of directors.

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