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Seniors Helping Seniors Holidays are a time to give back, volunteer

Written by Bruce Lindner. Posted in Featured, Senior Living

Published on December 10, 2019 with No Comments

Schultz Floral and Gifts on Calumet Avenue in Valparaiso continues to collect gifts for seniors through its annual Senior Giving Tree.

The holiday season is always a magical time that can ignite our community’s giving and volunteer spirit.

United Way of Porter County features ways to give back as well as projects as part of its HoliDays of Caring on its nwivolunteer.org website.

This project is a way to put region nonprofit’s projects all in one place and allow community members to easily access and sign up to help this holiday season. Projects include sponsoring children at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana or assisting with the agency’s Christmas to Remember event on Dec. 12 as a volunteer.

More ways to impact the children in our community include the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, which seeks to bring cheer to children. There are many collection sites throughout Porter County. There will also be events where collections will take place, including Holly Days on Dec. 6 at Central Park Plaza and Touch-a-Truck on Dec. 7, also at Central Park Plaza in Valparaiso.

To assist seniors this holiday season, stop by Schultz Floral and Gifts in Valparaiso to select a senior angel from the Giving Tree. The tree has items that seniors hope to receive for Christmas. The seniors may not have family or friends to celebrate the season with and are in need of a holiday elf to spread the reason for the season.

The holidays can also be a kickstart to making an impact year-round through ongoing volunteer opportunities. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program gives participants the opportunity to share their gifts that they have garnered throughout the years. The program places participants in partner organizations that need assistance. For more information on how to join, visit unitedwaypc.org/RSVP.

The United Way of Porter County’s Reading Buddies program is also an avenue to make a difference in children’s lives. The buddies are provided to first and second graders to help boost their reading skills. Anyone in the community can host a drive to collect new stuffed animals or volunteer to assist with deliveries during the fall.

We are thankful for everyone who volunteers and supports our organization and its mission and goals year after year.

 

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Schultz Floral and Gifts on Calumet Avenue in Valparaiso continues to collect gifts for seniors through its annual Senior Giving Tree.

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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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