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Our volunteers give back and make a difference- Find your way to get involved and make an impact

Written by Bruce Lindner. Posted in Community News & People in the News, Featured

Published on May 01, 2019 with No Comments

Porter County’s volunteer spirit remains strong and vibrant. Our agency is fortunate to be part of a community that has members who continually give back through their time, talents and donations.

If you and your family are seeking opportunities to make an impact, we have gathered just some of the upcoming events and ways to get involved today and in the future.

Targeting families and the younger members of our community, the United Way of Porter County is hosting Family and Youth Day of Caring from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday June 8 at Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve in Chesterton.

Participants will help the preserve get ready for summer as well as be exposed to the importance of giving back and making a difference.

For more information, visit www.unitedwaypc.org/FYDOC.

Our partner organization, Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, has numerous ways to volunteer at the agency.

Megan Davitian, partner services associate at Food Bank of NWI, says the agency seeks to address food insecurity that is widespread throughout the region.

Volunteers tackle such tasks as packing and sorting, assisting with the mobile food pantries and helping in the office.

For more information on how to get involved, visit https://foodbanknwi.org/volunteer.

We are proud of our new association with the non-profit; I Support the Girls, which works to provide everyday essentials to 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.

ISTG founder Rachael Heger says the specific request helps individuals easily make an impact and is not overwhelming.

Anyone seeking to help can stop by our offices, 1005 Campbell St. in Valparaiso, from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call Valerie Martinez at 219-464-9904 or email her at vmartinez@portercountyacs.org.

A great resource for volunteer opportunities for all types of skill sets are collected at one site by the United Way of Porter County.

Check out www.nwivolunteer.orgfor more details.

Thank you for your help!

We were able to share goodie bags with some of our transportation clients recently due to these donations from Graceland Cemetery.

Our Good Deeds Day collection was able to help some of our clients in need! Thank you to everyone who dropped off personal care items, including toothpaste, shampoo, body wash and razors.

Good Deeds Day aims to spur positivity and kind acts that benefit others. We look forward to being part of this great initiative again next year.

We also recently received goodie bags from Graceland Cemetery that included snacks, Easter friends, candy, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes and tissues. We had our bus drivers pass along these donations to some of our transportation clients.

We will share more soon on how Graceland Cemetery employees have continued to make an impact through these goodie bags.

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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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