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Opportunity Enterprises Seeks Volunteers for 2015 Packathon Event

OE-Pack-a-Thon-2011Opportunity Enterprises is seeking a large group of volunteers for its 18th annual Packathon event. This year’s Packathon is scheduled for Saturday, September 19th at OE’s main facility, located at 2801 Evans Avenue in Valparaiso. The volunteer event runs from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, or until packing is complete.

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Porter-Starke Services Plants "Seeds of Hope" in Portage

Porter-Stark-Sunflowers-2015Employees and clients of Porter-Starke Services recently planted sunflower seeds on the corner of Lancer Street and Robbins Road in Portage. The sunflowers are blooming and are expected to stay in bloom for the next several weeks.

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The St. Paul Link, September 2, 2015

st-paulI have the privilege of observing all the students throughout the school day. As principal of the school, one of my favorite duties is to help load the buses at the end of the day. The students are usually all abuzz with whatever exciting thing happened in class or with whatever their afterschool plans might be. They wait respectfully and talk with those around them, including me. What really endears the students to me is when I witness an older student helping a younger student with their book bag or holding their hand so the little one gets on the correct bus. These little acts of kindness are living witness to Christ among us.

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Lakeshore PAWS Newsletter, September 2015

Lakeshore-PWAS-Newsletter-September-2015Many of you know that this past month my family and I had to say goodbye to our 14-year-old lab Riley, which proved to be one of the most difficult things we have had to endure. Although it was a very sad experience, we took comfort in the fact of knowing that his life was incredibly comfortable from beginning to end. He never once had to worry about a roof over his head, a family to love him or where his next meal or treat was going to come from and he definitely helped himself to a lot of treats! Unlike the dogs that we get at the center, many of them have not had this luxury and unfortunately some have had terrible lives before coming to us. Some have been abused, some have been left outside, and many of them have not received the love that they so unconditionally give back to us. Yet with the help of so many volunteers, fosters and adopters, these dogs do end up in a loving homes.

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Meet Kids Alive: A Local Organization Making a World of Difference

Kids-Alive-1There’s an old saying that everything you do, no matter how small it may seem, can mean the world to someone else, and that all these small, powerful moments will someday add up to a lot.

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United Ways’ Community Conversations Hope to Better the Community in 2015

unitedway portercountyUnited Way of Porter County (UWPC) and Lake Area United Way, in partnership with the Northwest Indiana Times and One Region, held a community conversation at UWPC on Tuesday, August 25.

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Calvary Link: Oasis

Calvary-Link-BeautyWe're coming into a busy season at Calvary Church. I love this time of year! Yes, it's a little chaotic as we try to fit the many welcome-back events and fall programs onto the calendar and into the building, but it's also exciting to see everyone getting back into familiar rhythms. Or diving head first into new ones, like a men's or women's Bible study or a Life Group.

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