Giving back to our community is our corporate responsibility. McCormick's takes pride in supporting local chambers of commerce and non-profit agencies focused on the youth of today. We have a moral obligation to be good role models for the future leaders of our community. The dealership has also partnered with the University of Notre Dame with the “Drive with Irish” Courtesy Car Program and with Goshen College on environmental and energy conservation issues.
Local Chambers of Commerce
Non-Profit Organizations We Support
Nappanee Boys and Girls Club
The Nappanee Club occupies 19,000 square feet in the former Central School on North Main Street. Today, Club membership numbers are approximately 500 children, ages 6 through 18, with around 100 attending programs and activities each day. During the school year, the Club is open to all members from the end of the school day until 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Club is open for teens only on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 9:00 p.m. During summer months, the Club opens at 6:30 a.m. each day and remains open until 6:00 p.m.
- A professionally staffed Learning Center, complete with 12 computer workstations
- A lounge, used exclusively by teenage members
- A vended snack room
- Two recreation rooms for younger members
- An area devoted to arts and crafts instruction
- A gymnasium, complete with locker rooms and a weight training area
Goshen College Performing Arts Center
The Performing Arts Series roots run to a lecture series program. With the construction of the Union Auditorium building in 1950, Goshen College boasted a facility with a large stage and an auditorium that held several hundred people. The popular lecture-music series of that time brought world-class performers and speakers to campus, contributing significantly to the cultural life of the college and the Goshen community. Hundreds of regular attendees enjoyed presentations by the likes of Carl Sandburg, Martin Luther King, Jr., Marian Anderson, Robert Shaw Chorale, Trapp Family Singers, and the orchestras of Detroit, Cleveland and Indianapolis. The lecture-music series evolved into our current Performing Arts Series.
Community School of the Arts
Goshen College has a long tradition of preparatory programs in piano and violin for pre-college community youth. These programs and other initiatives were combined to establish the Goshen College Community School of the Arts (CSA) in the fall of 2003. The CSA provides quality arts education and performance experiences to people of all ages, abilities and economic circumstances. The Music Center is committed to finding ways for deserving students to study music by offering need-based scholarships. The program offers personal attention and encouragement that make learning a positive and enjoyable experience. For more information contact CSA@goshen.edu or call 574-535-7361.
Elkhart County Safe Kids Coalition
Safe Kids Elkhart County began as the Elkhart County SAFE KIDS Coalition in 1991, making it one of the oldest coalitions in the state. They executed their by-laws and became incorporated under Federal Code in 1992. They received their 501c (3) in 1998 making charitable giving and grant attainment more favorable to its constituents. This coalition won the coalition of the year from the National SAFE KIDS Campaign in 1997 and is a 3-time recipient of the Indiana Child Safety Advocate Award.
The members of Safe Kids Worldwide:
- Empower local communities to prevent accidental injuries by building grassroots coalitions.
- Generate national awareness of the burden of accidental injuries.
- Encourage sound research on leading injury risks and critically evaluating solutions.
- Pass and improve child safety laws and regulations.
- Provide lifesaving devices such as child safety seats, helmets and smoke alarms to families who need them.
- Promote global corporate leadership in child safety through effective and sustainable partnerships.
While injury is a threat to children everywhere, significant progress has been made to reduce the risks. This progress must continue, and the lessons learned from years of injury prevention work must be adapted to help create a safety culture in every country where it is sorely lacking.
Nappanee/Wakarusa Little League Program
This program began in the summer of 1978 and is run by volunteers. The season starts at the end of May and continues through June. Programs consist of a Peewee, Minor & Major boys, Jr. & Sr. girl’s leagues. Wakarusa Softball/Baseball program is fun for all ages. Come out on a summer night and enjoy an entertaining time of food, fun, and fellowship with the people of Wakarusa. And don't forget the popcorn! The 2008 season will begin May 21through July 1st. Games will be played Monday through Friday starting at 5:30 pm. For additional information call 574-862-4202.
Northwood Soccer Club
This program was started in 1980 and serves children from the ages of 5 to 11 years old. The program consists of a soccer beginner's clinic for the 5 to 6 year olds and league play for the older children. The season starts in July and continues until September with games played at the Calendar Sportplex on County Road 7. For additional information call 574-305-4090.
Elkhart County 4-H Fair
A long time supporter of Elkhart County 4-H Fair acitivities, McCormick Motors purchases show animals at the fair auction and is the corporate sponsor for the three-on three basketball tournament. The Elkhart County Fairground has 143 acres, 70 buildings and over 300 permanent RV sites in addition to 600 temporary RV sites. Camping is available year-around on our grounds. The fairgrounds have accommodated over 1200 RV units at one time. Building facilities range from carpeted reception halls to open livestock pavilions. In addition to the County Fair and many private events, they host annual public events such as the Michiana Mennonite Relief sale, Autumn Splendor Arts & Crafts Show and the Spring Rodeo. Call the Fair Office for booking information 574-533-FAIR.
Joseph Stein Young Actor's Studio
Every year McCormick's provides eight scholarships to the Joseph Stein Young Actor’s Studio. The Amish Acres Red Barn Theatre arrange summer day camp for children ages 8 through 14. The week long camp provides children with a hands on introduction to acting and theatre production. The week long camp culminates with a onstage production of popular children’s plays. Past performances have included High School Musical, Willy Wonka, High School Musical 2 and Once Upon a Matress.
Toys For Tots
The objective of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future. McCormick's holds a display drop-off from the 1st week in November until mid-December every year to support Toys for Tots.
Cell Phones For Soldiers
Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to turn old cell phones into more than 12 million minutes of prepaid calling cards for U.S. troops stationed overseas in 2008. To do so, Cell Phones for Soldiers expects to collect 50,000 cell phones each month through a network of more than 3,000 collection sites across the country. The phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated phone - enough to provide an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad. McCormick's is listed as an area drop-off location to collect cell phones for Cell Phones for Soldiers.