New partnership brings everyday essentials to women

Written by Bruce Lindner. Posted in Featured, Senior Living

Published on April 03, 2019 with No Comments

Vicki Burge shops through bras donated by the I Support The Girls organization at Porter County Aging and Community Services.

By teaming with non-profit I Support the Girls, we are able to gather and distribute everyday essentials to local women.

Our office, 1005 Campbell St. in Valparaiso, is now a collection site for community members to donate new and used bras, new underwear and feminine hygiene products. We will then connect our clients in need to these items.

I Support The Girls has its roots in Indianapolis and is now serving women throughout the United States and world. Launched in January 2016 by Rachael Heger, the organization offers an easy avenue to make an impact and help others.

“It’s a specific ask. Women are good and want to help. It’s a specific instruction on how to help out women,” Heger said. “It’s not one of these lofty things to make a difference like running for office. Anyone can pick up an extra box of pads while at a store.”

To date, ISTG has distributed more than 3 million products.

“It really started by accident and has spiraled. I was just going to collect bras to donate to one woman,” she said. “One thing led to another and within the first 10 days I had 99 bras. That’s when I realized that I had something.”

Heger sees her organization as a way to let social service organizations focus on their particular mission and goals.

“We can take this kind of need off their plates. This is my goal,” she said. “I am not a social worker. I am actually a librarian. I can’t solve poverty, addiction or those types of major issues, but I can make sure women don’t need to worry about having a bra. It’s a little thing that is a big thing.”

Our team is honored to have the opportunity to fill an additional need for our clients by creating this new partnership.

Good Deeds continue

We will also be participating in an annual initiative that unites people around the world to make a difference in communities everywhere. Good Deeds Day is April 7 and aims to spur positivity and kind acts that benefit others.

In our second year participating, we will again be collecting personal items to be distributed to our clients in need.

Items we are requesting include deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, body wash, diapers, laundry detergent, razors, toilet paper, dish soap, etc.

Community members wanting to make donations for either of these initiatives, can drop them off at our offices, 1005 Campbell St. in Valparaiso, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call Valerie Martinez at 219-464-9904 or email her at

All opinions, conclusions and recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the views of The Chronicle. Bruce Lindner has worked in the non-profit world for more than 35 years and for the past twelve years has been serving as the executive director of Porter County Aging and Community Services.For more information, contact him directly at 219-465-7144 or email at

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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

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