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Day of Caring continues to foster community spirit

Written by Bruce Lindner. Posted in Community News, Featured

Published on August 15, 2012 with No Comments

PCACS continued to benefit from generosity of participants

The United Way’s annual Day of Caring event cultivates the strong community and volunteer spirit that has its roots in the region.

As an area United Way agency, Porter County Aging and Community Services continues to benefit year after year from the generosity of participants who look to reach out to Northwest Indiana not-for-profits.

We are seeking volunteers for this year’s event on Aug. 24 to help with the following projects. Those wanting to participate can sign up at: www.nwivolunteer.org.

Painting update: We are in need of volunteers to paint several rooms at our building at 1005 Campbell St. The work is only on the walls; some nail-hole patching is also needed. The update will pave the way for new tenants after the move of Head Start out of the building.

Weed reduction: Volunteers are needed to remove weeds from our back parking lot area. Participants should supply their own equipment and it is advised that they wear pants and long-sleeved shirts.

The event kicks off with a breakfast at Strongbow Inn to get volunteers ready for day of hard work and teamwork.

“Volunteers gather in their Day of Caring T-shirts along with agency representatives to get ‘fueled up’ and ‘fired up’ for the projects they will complete that day,” said Kathy Wojkovich, director of the United Way Regional Volunteer Center.

Wojkovich said the Day of Caring remains an avenue to connect the community to region agencies.

“This is a remarkable annual event that brings local companies, civic groups and churches into the doors of our local non-profits to see what great services they provide and to complete much-needed projects for them,” she said. “It is also a chance to build new relationships and many companies feel that their team bonds by working together out of the office for such a great cause.”

She also believes the day can open the door to building a year-round relationship between volunteers and agencies. She hopes the Day of Caring serves as a sneak peek into all that not-for-profits do to assist community members.

The volunteer event definitely goes beyond a designated day as it spotlights how we can work together as a community throughout the year to help the not-for-profits that are impacting lives.

In 2011, we were fortunate to have help from the Turner family as well as Alice’s House. Ken and Christine Turner and their four children have been involved in the Day of Caring for nine years.

After last year’s Day of Caring, Christine Turner said her family enjoys spending the dedicated time together to work as a family in a giving environment. She said the children look forward to selecting the project that has the most meaning for them to tackle as a team.

“We have been blessed with four healthy, happy children and we feel that it is important for them to be able to help out others less fortunate. We also believe that every little bit helps, and when the kids see what a family of six can accomplish, hopefully they will feel that they can accomplish anything in life also,” she said.

We look forward to meeting new volunteers and re-connecting with old participants during this year’s Day of Caring event as the tradition continues in Porter County.

For more information on the Porter County Aging and Community Services, visit www.portercountyacs.org.

Porter County Aging and Community Services is seeking volunteers for its Day of Caring projects. In 2011, the Turner family assisted with outdoor projects, continuing their longtime service as Day of Caring volunteers. From left are Alec, Ken, Chris and Sarah Turner and Olivia Patterson and in front is Julia Turner.

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle.  Bruce Lindner has worked in the not-for-profit world for more than 25 years and has been executive director of Porter County Aging and Community Services for five. A native of the Region, he was raised in Portage and he graduated from Valparaiso University. You can call him at 219-464-9736 or e-mail at bhlindner@frontier.com.

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