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The Opportunity to Feel Closer to Your Community- Gather up a group for a day of volunteering

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

Published on August 08, 2019 with No Comments

: The Task Force Tips team continues to mark the Day of Caring with a ramp installation for a community member in need

Strong connections are made each year at the annual United Way Day of Caring, which is on Friday Aug. 9 this year.

Not only do participants have the opportunity to feel closer to their communities, but they also can learn more about our non-profits as well as join other volunteers for a day of giving back.

Projects are now open for a variety of activities, including landscaping; painting, cleaning, hosting picnics and putting together care packages. Families, businesses, churches, civic groups, municipalities and non-profits are encouraged to come together for this unique opportunity to leave a lasting imprint on so many deserving organizations.

The United Way is hoping to gather up more than 600 volunteers to fulfill all of the projects that need completed.

“This is a great teambuilding event for families and corporations,” said Kim Olesker, president & CEO of United Way of Porter County in a release. “Volunteers are the glue that helps area nonprofits thrive. We are so grateful to the many volunteers that sacrifice to make the region work.”

Available projects can be viewed at nwivolunteer.org.The day starts with a free breakfast in Valparaiso and Portage, sponsored by 2019 Pacesetters Meijer and McAfee Animal Hospital.

This year, we are happy to have the Task Force Tips team once again share their skills for our ramp program as part of the Day of Caring. The group has consistently assisted a community member in need of better access to his or her home by constructing a wood ramp.

Ramps are truly life-changing for those struggling to get in and out of their homes as well as their family members and loved ones.

Year-round help

We always welcome applications for our ramp program. We work with many organizations to install ramps beyond Task Force Tips, including the UAW/ Ford Community Service team, Valparaiso Noon Kiwanis Club, Thrivent for Lutherans and Porter County Habitat for Humanity.

Our ramp program is in place for those who have had surgery, face an illness or other challenges that affect their mobility. We can put in a more permanent wood structure or something more temporary out of steel if the need for the structure will not remain.

While those struggling financially will be given priority, anyone is welcome to apply to participate in our program.

To learn more about our ramp program and to download an application, visit https://www.portercountyacs.org/ramp-program/.

We always are grateful to receive donations to keep our program going. To donate, visit https://www.portercountyacs.org/how-you-can-help.

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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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