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2015 United Way Reading Buddies Drive

STAND-AOK-United-Way-Porter-County-04-24-15The STAND (Socially Together And Naturally Diverse) and AOK (Acts of Kindness) clubs at Valparaiso High School engaged their peers in a school-wide stuffed animal drive and competition for the United Way Reading Buddies program. Each 7th hour class competed for the most “Reading Buddies” raised and for a chance to earn one of two pizza parities donated by Hungry Howie’s Valparaiso. All in all these students collect 143 Reading Buddies that will be used in 1st and 2nd grade classrooms across Northwest Indiana.

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Porter County Community Foundation Strengthens Work of Local Nonprofits

Lakeshore-Paws-grantThe Porter County Community Foundation recently announced the recipients of its first round of 2015 Community Fund grants. The Foundation awarded more than $71,000 in grants to 10 local nonprofit organizations to help fund programs, supplies and equipment.

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Porter Regional Hospital’s NICU Grad to Lead the Walk for Healthy Babies

Porter-New-Hospital-Coming-SoonLeading the annual March of Dimes walk – “March for Babies” – as ambassador will be Porter Regional Hospital’s NICU graduates, Gabriella Poradzisz. Gabriella was born on July 10, 2014, and weighed only one pound, 11 ounces. She spent 82 days in the NICU. According to her mother, Crystal, “if it weren’t for the Porter Regional NICU physicians and nurses, the fast action of the obstetrician, and the lifesaving research of the March of Dimes, Gabriella’s outcome would have been completely different.”

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Hospice of the Calumet Area Offers Grief Support for Teens

rot1Hospice of the Calumet Area Healing Hearts program provides counseling through a bereavement support group for teens who have experienced a loss of a loved one, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the death. Teens need to know that they are not alone at this most difficult time in their lives. Healing Hearts offers, at no cost, helpful information, support, and a comfortable atmosphere for sharing feelings and experiences, struggles and triumphs.

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Students Join Forces to Volunteer with Day of Caring at Taltree

lauw-day-of-caring-2015-1Students across Northwest Indiana gathered together at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens on the morning of Saturday, April 18, for the United Way Youth Day of Caring. Youth Day of Caring is a joint effort on behalf of both Lake Area United Way and the United Way of Porter County.

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Volunteers Looked to "Pack Away Hunger" with St. Mary Medical Center

st-mary-pack-a-thon-1This Saturday, St. Mary’s Outpatient Surgery Center was transformed for a philanthropic event. St. Mary’s partnered with Pack-Away Hunger to package and provide food for local families in need. Assembly-line style tables filled the outpatient surgery center space and volunteers hurriedly filled pouches of food. St. Mary’s employees, family, and friends volunteered their time to put together meals for local families.

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NIPSCO Hosted Educational Event in Time for Arbor Day

NIPSCO-Arbor-Day 2On the afternoon of Friday, April 17, the city of Valparaiso organized an Arbor Day gathering at Fairgrounds Park. Local students and residents planted trees and had the opportunity to converse with several environmentalists.

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