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Inaugural Beer Tasting Event

Written by Bruce Lindner. Posted in Community News, Entertainment, Featured

Published on April 01, 2015 with No Comments

Inge Nimtz brings years of experience working with people to her role as an Energy Assistance Program volunteer.

The Jackson Township resident spent 30 years at Porter Memorial Hospital as a cardiac unit nurse, retiring in 2010.

“I can offer friendly conversation and help put the clients at ease. I know how to talk to people,” she said.

Inge Nimtz volunteers her time for the Energy Assistance Program at the Porter County Aging and Community Services offices

For three seasons, Nimtz has helped Porter County Aging and Community Services staff members serve the community. The income-eligible program helps qualified participants who need assistance with their energy bills during the winter months.

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Nimtz is busy answering the phones as well as going over specific papers required to receive assistance.

“During the months of November and December, we have lots of people and lots of phone calls. It is nothing to have 50 phone calls a day,” she said.

Nimtz said being a volunteer is all about having something to offer at the age of 72.

“I enjoy getting out and working with people. I am healthy and still have my faculties and am still able to do things,” she said. “I am very appreciative that at 72 I can still go out and have something to give.”

Nimtz strives to dispel any feelings community members have about receiving help through the program.

“Many clients are shy coming in asking for help. Some have never done it before … I help them feel at ease. The government funds are there to help,” she said. “Many are older women who are living on a fixed income. They really appreciate it and it makes me feel good to help them.”

Born in Germany, Nimtz has lived in the U.S.for more than 50 years. Her husband, Thomas, is a clinical social worker with a private practice. They have three children and six grandchildren.

Their son, Thomas, served for 27 years in the Navy on a nuclear submarine. He is now pursuing his degree in Seattle. Their other son, Kai, is a physical therapist living in Lansing, Mich., and daughter Maika is a psychologist in Bloomington.

“In the summer, I like to do the usual things. We have a big yard and I like to work there,” she said. “We love to go camping with our children and grandchildren at the state parks in Indiana and Michigan.”

Inaugural event

We are hosting our first beer tasting event to support our bus driver team.

The event is from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 12 at Ironwood Brewery, 6 Roosevelt Rd, in Valparaiso. The night includes beer, food, raffles and music by Pete Brunker and Ron Hanchar.

We are raising funds to purchase new uniforms for our bus drivers.

Tickets are $15. For more information, call 219-464-9736, ext. 224, or e-mail Martinez.valerie38@yahoo.com.

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About Bruce Lindner

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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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