Birth to Five aims to secure $12,500 in June donations to receive a matching grant of the same amount. 

The organization, which serves all of Wayne County, has begun a Race to $25K.

Stamm-Koechlein Family Foundation will match each dollar given up to $12,500.  

Staff say showing support will benefit today’s local children and families and shape the county’s long-term future.

Donations can be made at or mailed to P.O. Box 1815, Richmond, IN 47375.

The organization is entering its 33rd year but has a new mission, vision and values, and strategic plan.  

It has increased its footprint throughout the county to reach more families through increased staffing levels, expanded home visits and playgroups. 

Its new vision is: “All Wayne County children will grow and thrive long past five. This vision will guide us to achieve our mission of empowering all caregivers to prioritize the developmental wellbeing of children through five years old.”

Birth to Five is offering free summer playgroup events in Pershing, Centerville, Dublin and Richmond; find more information on WWN’s calendar page.

Craft supplies needed

Although donated items won’t count toward a financial match for Birth to Five, the organization seeks help stocking its craft room.

Needs include yarn, empty cereal boxes and water bottles, large paper plates, dishwashing detergent, muffin tins, and toilet paper rolls.

They can be dropped off at its office on Richmond State Hospital’s campus, 498 N.W. 18th St., Richmond. 

Find a larger wish list at and call 765-966-6080 to check summer hours before delivery. 

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A version of this article appeared in the June 5 2024 print edition of the Western Wayne News.