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Volunteers Gather to Plant 100+ Trees in Valparaiso's Essex Park Neighborhood

shade-brigade-2014-1On Saturday, The Shade Brigade gathered volunteers to plant over 100 trees in the Essex Park neighborhood in Valparaiso. 11 different species of trees were planted by neighborhood residents and various community groups from Valparaiso.

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VNA to Sponsor Camp Phoenix for Grieving Children

pyramid-smallerThe Visiting Nurse Association’s VNA Phoenix Center will sponsor a one-day grief camp for children who are grieving the loss of someone special in their life. The camp will be held on Saturday, May 10th from 9 am until 2 pm. In partnership with the VNA, the Valparaiso Family YMCA has provided the use of the new YMCA pavilion for this important community project.

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Local Schools Get Recognized by IKORCC

IKORCC-2On Friday, South Haven Elementary School in Valparaiso and Aylesworth Elementary School in Portage were awarded for their community service projects. Every three months the schools can submit a event to the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) that the children have been working on for the community. Their school names then get put into a drawing with the chance to win a prize. This month, South Haven and Aylesworth were excited that they were selected for a monetary prize of $750 to better their schools.

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You Can Help Over 51 Local Nonprofits in 24 Hours on May 6

Foundation hosts Give Local Porter County, an online giving celebration

give-local-porter-countyMay 6, 2014 will be a special day in Porter County. It’s Give Local Porter County Day and on this one day only (from 12:01 am to 11:59 pm), your gift to Porter County nonprofit organizations can go further to help over 50 local nonprofit organizations. The Porter County Community Foundation is joining communities from northwest Indiana and across the country for a national day of local giving and leading the local effort to support important causes and meet needs right here in Porter County.

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OE Runners Spots Available for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

2014Open lottery registration closed last week for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Runners lucky enough to secure a race entry through the lottery were notified on April 14. For runners who did not receive a race entry but are still interested in running this year’s Chicago Marathon, Opportunity Enterprises has a limited number of entries available. Runners can register for the race through OE and entries will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration involves a $185 payment to secure your spot, and a commitment to raise a minimum of $1,500, for a total minimum commitment of $1,685, by October 1st of this year.

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United Way of Porter County Presents Jennifer Wright with the Northwest Indiana Success By 6 Service to Youth Award

Jennifer-WrightUnited Way of Porter County (UWPC) presented Jennifer Wright with the Northwest Indiana Success By 6 Service to Youth Award at its Annual Celebration on March 11. Since its creation 4 years ago, the award has been given out annually to a professional or volunteer who has made a difference in the field of early childhood education.

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Girl Scout Leaders Applauded for Volunteering

Girl-Scouts-logoOver 500 Girl Scouts in the Valparaiso Area are would like to thank all of the volunteer adults who help them become stronger, smarter, and better young women. April 22 is the official Leader Appreciation Day but we thank them every day. During this year leaders have volunteered thousands of hours to Girl Scouting as leaders, co-leaders, product sale managers, day camp staff, trainers, and organizers all for the benefit of girl members.

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