Animal Adoption Network, Inc. rescues abused, abandoned, and neglected companion animals, particularly those with special needs and seniors. It socializes and rehabilitates the animals, and provides any necessary medical care before adopting them out to permanent homes.
Before venturing into Deere Farms’ labyrinthine corn maze, visitors are equipped with a map, a short orientation, and—as a last resort—the farm’s cell-phone number. Groups work together to seek out all the checkpoints scattered across 8 miles of twists and turns. Even with an acute sense of direction, adventurers usually take about 45 minutes to navigate their way to freedom.
The checkpoints are one of many ways that Deere Farms infuses traditional fall activities with creative twists. Shortly after Halloween, the farm hosts an annual pumpkin-smashing festival, inviting visitors to drop overripe pumpkins from a 50-foot platform. And at the concession stand, chefs serve gourmet treats such as apple-cider slushes and pumpkin-caramel cheesecake.
The farm also hosts classic fall adventures on its 170 acres. Visitors can take an idyllic hayride through the woods or hop aboard an antique tractor and ride into the 20-acre pumpkin patch in search of the perfect gourd for carving or stomping into a pie. Before departing, they stop to see the menagerie of farm animals, including ducks, chickens, turkeys, geese, pigs and goats.
Jeffersonville Elks’ challenging golf course gives haven to divot artisans with impeccably kept greens and an upscale country-club atmosphere. Fairways on the 6,785-yard, par 72 course are planted with bermuda grass, which has been broken of the habit of wearing embarrassing shorts and groomed for a smooth playing surface. Bentgrass greens trimmed with a special vertical mower ensure upright growth that stands up in support of predictable putting, and the 18 holes span a variety of difficulty levels, making for an enjoyable game for veterans and rookies alike.
USA Cares is a 501c3 national nonprofit that supports active-duty military members and post-9/11 veterans with grassroots advocacy and financial assistance. Their mission statement explains that they exist "to help bear the burdens of service by providing post-9/11 service members, veterans, and their families with financial and advocacy support in their time of need." To fulfill this goal, the organization provides payments to mortgage lenders and utility companies, and funds transportation services that enable veterans to achieve self-sufficiency and prevent financial crises.
USA Cares's family-resource call center serves as an outlet for post-9/11 military families experiencing difficulties related to service. Experienced Family Resource Coordinators guide families through the process of receiving financial support from USA Cares, in addition to identifying the best services and benefits available for each family to improve the total assistance delivered. USA Cares responds to all requests with personal attention and detail regardless of whether or not USA Cares is able to provide aid, sending written thanks for sacrifices and detailed explanations of the decisions. The organization does not accept repayment or charge fees for its services, and relies on donations from citizens, businesses, and foundations.