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The Glue That Holds Us Together- Day of Caring cultivates sense of community year after year

Written by Bruce Lindner. Posted in Featured, Senior Living

Published on July 05, 2017 with No Comments

Our agency has benefitted from the force that is a Day of Caring volunteer, whether the project involved pulling weeds, painting, party hosting or ramp building.

Now entering its 15 year, the United Way’s Day of Caring will once again bring together the community in Porter, Lake and LaPorte counties on Aug. 4 to tackle items on area non-profits’ checklists.

This year, we are looking for help in refreshing the back of our building with a new coat of paint. A team of eight interested in our project should go to www.nwivolunteer.org to sign up.

United Way of Porter County’s Director of Impact Anicia Kosky said there are more than 60 projects in Porter County and more than 15 projects available in LaPorte County.

While the agency is still partnering with Lake County, the team there has branched out on its own, she said.

“Day of Caring brings together a force of humanity that sweeps across the Region promoting good will to sustain a thriving community,” she said. “Their support of area non-profits in this manner is the glue that holds our community together.”

Teams come together from businesses, municipalities, churches and organizations to spend a day out in the community making an impact and seeing up-close what region non-profits are doing.

We have had the opportunity to meet so many great individuals from a cross-section of companies and organizations in Porter County.

Scott Tyring, former senior pastor at Chesterton United Methodist Church, led a group to help clear our grounds of overgrown trees during a past Day of Caring.

“We are a community-minded congregation and this is one way we share love,” he said at the time.

Rittenhouse of Portage and Centier teams also have offered their time and talents to our organization during a previous Day of Caring.

“We are always trying to find ways to give back to the community,” said Judy Kukelka, of Rittenhouse of Portage, during the event.

“Centier Bank is involved in our communities because we love to give back,” said Lisa Herma of Centier at the time.

“Over the last three years, we have mobilized 3,725 volunteers to assist 110 non-profits with 252 projects, creating an impact value of more than $337,000,” Kosky said.

Free Day of Caring t-shirts will be given to volunteers and kick-off breakfasts will be held in Valparaiso, Portage and a location in LaPorte County.

For more information, visit www.unitedwaypc.org/day-caring.

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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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