Nonprofits in need of community help this holiday season

Written by Bruce Lindner. Posted in Featured, Senior Living

Published on December 02, 2020 with No Comments

Celebrate the season with a servant heart has been our motto on many of our social posts recently. As a nonprofit ourselves, we see first-hand the challenges that our community members are facing this year, making the holidays even more difficult.

We cannot encourage individuals enough who are able to make an impact! Connect with your favorite nonprofit to see what they need, keep an eye on the media and your social channels to find volunteer and donation opportunities or ask family and friends how they make a difference.

If you have never volunteered or been active in charitable causes, now is the time to start! Not only does getting involved help others, but it is also a wonderful way to mark the holiday season.

One nonprofit that is facing more need this year is the Salvation Army of Porter County. The organization is seeking assistance on two fronts.

The bell-ringing program collects funds for the organization to help area families. Ringers are needed in Valparaiso at various locations, including Wal-Mart, JC Penney and Hobby Lobby. You can sign up for two-hour shifts to help spotlight the red kettles! If you would like to ring the bell sign up at

The Salvation Army is also seeking help with its Angel Tree program, which has more families seeking assistance than before. The organization typically provides more than 400 children with new clothing and toys. This year, the tree is virtual through a Wal-Mart registry, that you can access from your couch! To help:

Opportunity Enterprises is also bringing cheer to individuals with disabilities with its Angel Tree! The nonprofit is seeking community members to select an individual and purchase gifts to help bring smiles this season.

You can send or deliver unwrapped gifts to Opportunity Enterprises by Dec. 9. If you have questions, contact Jeremiah Bissonnette at or 219-464-9621, Ext. 269.

Energy Assistance Program continues

As our offices remain closed to the public, we continue to accept applications for the Energy Assistance Program through no contact.

The income-eligible program continues to assist those in need of help paying their energy bills. Our staff members and volunteers are beginning to process applications submitted to our offices, 1005 Campbell St.

Those needing help can visit to download an application. Once it is printed out and completed, it can be left in the drop box in our lobby between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or mailed in: 1005 Campbell St., Valparaiso, IN 46385. Those needing to pick up a paper copy to fill out will also find them in the PCACS lobby.

The state website for EAP is an option to fill out an application all online. Visit

While we cannot take appointments and meet in person, our team is still available to answer questions via phone at 219-464-9736, Option 1.

Medical Loan Closet volunteer

We are very appreciative to everyone who donated items to our new Medical Loan Closet that we recently launched along with Westchester Township Trustee Suzanne Philbrick.

Before we open it up to the public, we are in need of a volunteer to help organize and clean items. We want to make sure the area is easily navigated so seniors can readily locate items.

If you are interested in volunteering, please call 219-464-9736, Ext. 216.


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About Bruce Lindner

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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