A place without judgment

Happiness Bag is an educational and recreational facility for kids and adults experiencing intellectual and physical disabilities in the Wabash Valley. It’s a place where people can be themselves without judgment, enjoy physical activities, make some art and enjoy laughter with friends.

Epic Insurance Midwest has supported Happiness Bag since 2013, donating time, supplies and funding to help meet the needs of their shared community.

If this story receives 500 votes, the $5,000 donation Happiness Bag has already earned will double to $10,000. Vote by sharing it on social media, or leave a comment below.

For fifty years, Happiness Bag has offered services and programs that focus on the unique potential of each client — or “friend” — they serve. Through adult day programs, sports and other activities, friends can develop daily living and social skills in an inclusive, comfortable environment.

 

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Jana Crowder of Epic Insurance Midwest goes incognito as Sunny, the Happiness Bag mascot, to the delight of Happiness Bag friends.

Jana Crowder, account manager at Epic Insurance Midwest, has been volunteering at Happiness Bag since 2010 and joined the board of directors in 2013. Today she’s the board’s vice president, sits on the fundraising committee, and volunteers her time at various events. “I’ve seen first-hand how the programs at Happiness Bag benefit the participants,” she says. “Everyone deserves the opportunity to learn, grow and feel included in their community.”

 

“Everyone deserves the opportunity to learn, grow and feel included in their community.” – Jana Crowder, account manager, Epic Insurance Midwest

 

When she joined the agency in 2013, Jana enlisted the regional president to support Happiness Bag’s mission. Over the years, the agency and staff have supported the organization by sponsoring fundraisers, donating much-needed supplies and volunteering their time.

A growing need

Happiness Bag is the only facility of its kind in the Wabash Valley, and they’ve outgrown their current space. A larger, updated space would allow more friends to get the enrichment they need instead of sitting at home alone. An expansion plan is in the works.

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Epic agency staff and Happiness Bag friend Matthew were all smiles at the 2019 Bowl-a-Thon annual fundraiser.

“Our goal is to provide every individual the opportunity to encourage their unique potential, thus promoting independence and a lifestyle providing positive activities.” – Jodi Moan, executive director, Happiness Bag

 

Making recreation accessible

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The annual Bowl-a-Thon fundraiser is a fun way for the community to get involved with Happiness Bag.

A Make More Happen Award from Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance will allow Happiness Bag to move and expand their outdoor recreation area to serve more people. Funds may also be allocated toward updating adaptive equipment to provide safe activities for participants.

Help Epic Insurance Midwest win another $5,000 for Happiness Bag by cheering them on with a comment below and sharing their story to social media using the buttons to the left!

If your agency volunteers with a 501(c)3 nonprofit, learn how you can win a Make More Happen Award here.

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Wendy
10 days ago

Happiness Bag is awesome and the staff is beyond words! The Wabash Valley is blessed to have a place like this for our special friends!

Tina L Dean
16 days ago

Great organization!!
You can do this Jana!!

Nicole Albright
16 days ago

This place is AMAZING!!! Just walking in will change your bad day to the best day! I remember when they were on 7th Street… seeing what Jodi has accomplished is a blessing to so many people. Thank you!

Laurielle Leslie
17 days ago

Happiness bag is such a great organization here in our community and they deserve all the recognition! Our community is severely lacking in resources and happiness bag has always been such a valuable resource for our special friends.

Jenn Sallas
17 days ago

Happiness Bag is a fabulous organization that does so much for the children and adults that attend. They build life long relationships here!

Mildred Cliver
18 days ago

This is a wonderful place where the friends can enjoy crafts, skills , games and just communicate with all their friends. Great place for all to be!!

Robert Fewell
18 days ago

They make it possible of these adults to live valuable lives

MaRanda Zanandrea
18 days ago

What an incredible and valuable establishment! With the most incredible and valuable people!

Britt
18 days ago

Happiness Bag is the best place around for our friends! Spending time with my friends always puts a smile on my face!

Margie Alexander
18 days ago

Happiness Bag is unique, wonderful, and a haven for so many.

Marilyn Mullikin
18 days ago

Awesome! Fantastic! Stupendous! Supercalifragilisticalidous!

Tammy Manley
19 days ago

Love Happiness Bag and all their fabulous employees!!

Jessica Wrigley
19 days ago

What an amazing organization!

Lori
19 days ago

Wonderful place and environment

Diane Evans
19 days ago

Happiness Bag is amazing! My Rose-Hulman class did a project with them during spring quarter. We learned so much from doing activities with Happiness Bag friends. I’m so glad that we spent time doing activities there and will continue to do so in the coming years. It was the best project that the class has ever participated in.

Marilyn Mullikin
19 days ago

Happiness Bag is very important to our community and the special friend in it.

Brian Hopton
19 days ago

This place ROCKS! 2ND TO NONE! It’s a great organization ran by absolutely wonderful people!

Keith Crawford
19 days ago

They do amazing things!!!

Joyce
19 days ago

Fantastic organization for our community!

Scott
19 days ago

A truly wonderful place with truly wonderful people

Heather Keller
19 days ago

Happiness bag is an amazing place with even more amazing people!

Brad
19 days ago

Happiness Bag is great

Kim C.
19 days ago

Happiness Bag is amazing

Donna
19 days ago

Everyone is a friend at Happiness Bag! Love this organization!

Carmen
19 days ago

Happiness bag is truly the happiest place to be

Gail
19 days ago

Such a great place. This new space would we so good for them.

Lukas Wiedemann
19 days ago

We appreciate you! -JOH trans-america route

Mary Huffman
19 days ago

Provides our friends with the socialization, friendship and love they deserve. A safe haven for them where they are valued and loved for who they try are.

Nicholas Colegrove
19 days ago

God Bless this place and the lovely people!

Lynne
19 days ago

Love this place! The amazing staff make this a fun place to be! Thanks Happiness Bag!

Jessica Wrigley
19 days ago

Amazing work!

Linda Zellers-Dickson
19 days ago

love this place!!!! my son went there. they are so good with the special needs!!

Elizabeth Chambers
19 days ago

Happiness bag is a great place! There is such a good atmosphere and management cares so much for the friends!

Marilyn Mullikin
19 days ago

This is a great organization for are special friends. I don’t know what Terre Haute would do without this organization. ❤️

Stef
19 days ago

Happiness Bag helps so many people, & it would be awesome if they had more space to help even more people!

Lori Logan
19 days ago

I’m thrilled that this organization is doing so much for everyone. Thanks to the amazing volunteers and staff for all that they do as well.

Joyce Stamper
19 days ago

Happiness Bag is an amazing place.

Darion
19 days ago

The Happiness Bag is such a great organization!!

Cory
19 days ago

We love Happiness Bag

Kaila
19 days ago

Happiness Bag is amazing!

Seannia
19 days ago

Happiness Bag is the greatest

Margie Petersen
19 days ago

Happiness Bag is amazing!

Darla Austin
19 days ago

Best job I have ever had!

Tobie
19 days ago

Happiness Bag definitely deserves all the votes

Kayla C
19 days ago

Awesome mission! Let’s go EPIC!

Kayla
19 days ago

Love this story! Great job, team!

Maria Bonilla-Thompson
20 days ago

They are a great place for people to grow and learn

Stephanie
20 days ago

Happiness Bag has brought much happiness for many people and their families over the years. It’s a great place with caring people.

Peggy Hellis
20 days ago

Happiness Bag is a great organization. Well worth your donations…

Last edited 20 days ago by Peggy Hellis
larry hellis
20 days ago

Happiness Bag has been a great asset to Terre Haute and those in need for many, many, years. A great group, and I am especially proud of the role that my lovely neice, Jana Crowder, has played there for the last few years.

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