Every spring hundreds of people gather at the Mason Temple in downtown Fort Wayne to support a great cause. They come together to support an organization that works tirelessly to end and prevent child abuse in our community. The organization is SCAN (Stop Child Abuse & Neglect) and the event is the Brown Bag Lunch.
SCAN is a nonprofit organization that has been making a difference in our community for over 38 years through various programs and services that center around family. They believe that all families have value and that child abuse can be prevented by working to help parents with support, teaching, and practice. This organization has positively impacted families and protected children through services like parent education, abuse detection, crisis intervention, and in-home parental monitoring, just to name a few. Eighteen Northern Indiana counties benefit from the services provided by this first-class organization.
This was our second time volunteering at the Brown Bag Lunch. Last year I scooped pasta noodles into a to-go container as part of the assembly line. This year I helped load lunches in vehicles in addition to making a couple of deliveries myself. I will admit that the event is chaotic. When you walk into the Masonic Temple, it can be a bit overwhelming. You quickly realize, however, that the chaos is well-organized. It is so organized that more than 150 volunteers prepared and delivered 2900 meals to our community in just a few hours. In the end, the event raised over $29,000 dollars for the organization which will directly impact the lives of children and families in our area.
I firmly believe in SCAN and its mission. The Brown Bag Lunch is an important fundraising event for the organization and I am glad that I could help in my small way. I want you to mark you calendars for next March. Volunteer for SCAN, prepare meals, and enjoy the organized chaos for a great cause.