The 12 Months of Givin​g Challenge

Go the Extra Mile!

President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush dedicated The Extra Mile on Oct. 14, 2005 by inducting the first 20 honorees. To date, 33 individuals have been honored with medallions along The Extra Mile, which will eventually stretch one mile and include 70 extraordinary service leaders.

  1. FORT WAYNE, Ind. ( - Every month in 2014, a deserving person, family or organization will be paired with a local business or volunteer to help provide a need. 
  2. Meet Jescus "Zeus" Mitchell a senior in high school who plays basketball. He was nominated to receive braces that are desperately needed to align his teeth and correct his bite. Zeus lives with another family as his father was killed and his mother was unable to support him. The orthodontic care is much needed, but was unattainable. Dr. Allison Bergdoll, DDS with Dupont Orthodontics is providing all the assessment, dental work, and follow-up care that Zeus will need.She is glad to be a part of Extra Mile's Circle of Giving and says, "I think it's great to see people in our profession and people in the community stepping up to help people out." Zeus is definitely grateful and says, "It's a pretty good feeling that someone wants to help. It's a blessing." and also, "Thank you and I appreciate it.  I say it a lot."

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mission & vision

Our Goal is to Highlight the actions of Businesses and Individuals who go the "Extra Mile" in our community.


Did you know that you could give your time or talents to help someone else.  Check out our "Meet A Need" page to see how.

recent Recipients

Jescus just received something he never thought he'd have... a chance to show how big his smile really is... 

A local Foster Family who is making a difference in the lives of so many kids.

The Extra Mile Points of Light Volunteer Pathway located in Washington, D.C. is the only national monument that recognizes individuals who selflessly committed themselves to help others realize a better America. It lies at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 15th Street thru G Street. Honoring people like Jane Adams and Clifford Beers among a host of others, this monument illustrates that it is the power of passion and selfless acts of a commitment to community that can make our country strong and great. They are inspiration to the generations of people that follow. 

So how did this idea end up in Fort Wayne?  We decided to look into our own community and found that there are so many local heroes right here.  We wanted a way to recognize them for their selfless acts and their commitment to the people in their own home-towns.

Jescus "Zeus" Mitchell
He was nominated o receive braces that are desperately needed to align his teeth and correct his bite.