Surprise donation gives back to ‘Goody Lady’

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

Published on March 03, 2021 with No Comments

The moment Judy Alders of NeighboorLink Porter County surprised Kathy Conn with a new vehicle.

Since 2013, “Goody Lady” Kathy Conn has been bringing bread, cakes, cookies, pies and more treats to area nonprofits for anyone in the community to pick up and enjoy.

She has utilized her personal vehicle to help connect those in need to food from Strack & Van Til by picking up the day-old items and delivering them all over the region from our office in Valparaiso to Sand Castle Shelter in Michigan City.

“It’s a form of therapy to me. I am going to do this until I can’t anymore,” Conn said in 2019 when we featured her in our newsletter.

Recently, we had the honor of helping her keep her mission going by being part of a special presentation.

“A couple weeks ago, someone approached me about donating a car,” said Judy Alders of NeighborLink Porter County. “She asked if I knew someone who could use it. Based on your past experience and history of being so generous to the community, we thought you would be a perfect candidate for it.”

Alders and some of her volunteers surprised Conn with the donated car at our offices. The anonymous donor not only paid it forward with the gift of the 2013 MDX Acura, but also will pay for six months of Conn’s car insurance. NeighborLink is also helping with the registration fees.

“I don’t know what to say – I am in shock,” Conn said. “Someone is going to have to show me how to use it as I have been driving an old clunker.”

NeighborLink does just that – connects volunteers to those in our community who could use some neighborly assistance. Projects range from mechanical to home repairs and anyone with desired skill sets can sign up to help others in our community.

“NL volunteers help needy families in Porter County with basic home maintenance and repairs, transportation, shoveling snow, mowing grass and more,” Alders said. “There are currently 22 families in Porter County asking for help with various projects around their homes. Since we started in 2008, over 800 families have been helped right here in Porter County.”

For more information on NeighborLink or to sign up for a project to help out a local family, visit


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 12 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



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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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