Youth Philanthropy

BEAM (Bettering Every Aspect of Marshall County) is a youth organization working to prove that Marshall County's youth are willing and able to make a difference in the community. Established in 2008, BEAM was the first county-wide youth philanthropy group in Marshall County. It started with the assistance of Bruce Jennings, principal of Bremen High School, and the Marshall County Community Foundation. BEAM members, also known as BEAMers, strive to inspire the desire for philanthropy among their peers by providing their time, treasure, and talent.

BEAMers have completed numerous community service projects, including cleaning up the Potawatomi Wildlife Refuge and volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club. Recently they visited and went on carriage rides with the residents and guests at Miller's Senior Living in Plymouth. They also bought and wrapped Christmas presents for a needy family. Along with monthly community service projects, BEAMers also have the responsibility of distributing grant money currently held in a fund at the Community Foundation to organizations concerned with benefiting Marshall County youth.

To grow their leadership skills, BEAMers help with the Youth Leadership Marshall County program every year. Many of the BEAM members have attended the Youth Philanthropy Conference in Indianapolis, where they have collected donations for Hospice, The Humane Society, Riley Children's Hospital, Fort Wayne Burn Center, American Cancer Society, Culver Food Pantry, and The Marshall County Neighborhood Center.