FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Andy Wilson got an unexpected call just three weeks ago.
"So they called me and asked if I'd be interested in having a meter sponsored by us for the carriage house," said Wilson.
Meters With A Mission
The Carriage House Meters With A Mission Donation Meter
He is the executive director of The Carriage House where mental health services are provided to adults in the Fort Wayne area.
Fort Wayne City Clerk Lana Keesling and Greater Fort Wanye, Inc. reached out to Wilson and more than two dozen other nonprofit organizations for the Meters With a Mission initiative.
"With COVID-19 this year, most of their [nonprofit] fundraising efforts have been slowed down," said Keesling.
The initiative enlists businesses to adopt a parking meter that would've otherwise been sold, recycled or disposed, and select a non-profit to benefit from the funds that go into the meters.
"Most of the corporations that have adopted those meters have matching programs so that they'll match the funds that go into the parking meters," said Keesling.
Most meters are decorated differently and some have a QR code with a direct link to donate to the nonprofit.
Wilson says he and his staff carry a heavy load, so the funding helps since the pandemic took a toll on their outreach efforts.
But he sees Meters with a Mission as one step to maintaining his staff and members at The Carriage House.
He says the Fort Wayne community continues to show up and reflect egalitarian principles when supporting those in need.
"The more we reach out to see who needs help, the more we find it," said Wilson.
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