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Changing the World, Right Here at Home

united-way-laporte-countyIf you are anything like me, you have a desire to make this world a better place. Every day we have opportunities to take the high road, invest in someone else’s success, show simple kindnesses, and maybe even inspire others to a higher vision. Changing the world starts right here where we are, where we live, where we work, and where we play.

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Washington Park Zoological Society Receives Donation in 2017

Washington-Park-Zoological-Society-Receives-Donation-in-2017The Washington Park Zoological Society would like to acknowledge the Otto J. and Margaret M. Zack Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A. Trustee for awarding us a grant for 2017 in the amount of $80,000. This grant is to be used to purchase and install 2 generators along with food and medical expenses for the animals.

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Northwest Indiana McDonald's Operators' #PeppermintForPNW Raises Nearly $700 for Purdue Northwest Future Leaders Scholarships


A cup of coffee can accomplish a lot. It can jump start a day, it can bring people together, and for Northwest Indiana McDonald's Operators (NIMO), it can help support education in Northwest Indiana.

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1st Source Bank, American Heart Association Bring CPR Education into the Homes of La Porte, Porter County Residents with ‘CPR Anytime Kits’

1st-Source-Check-Presentation-2017On Friday, 1st Source Bank invited representatives from the American Heart Association of Northwest Indiana to their Valpo Circle Banking Center to present them with a check for $7,500, which will be used to provide CPR Anytime Kits within the communities that 1st Source serves.

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First Trust Credit Union Presents a Check to Their Charity Partner, Open Door Adolescent Health Center to Help Prevent Adolescent Substance Abuse


First Trust Credit Union’s Michigan City branch began partnering with Open Door Adolescent Health Center (ODAHC), located inside Michigan City High School, in April of 2014. Their mission was to raise funds that could be utilized specifically for the prevention of adolescent drug and alcohol abuse.

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Horizon Bank Makes Donation to Michigan City Area Schools in February 2017

MCHS-Credit-Recovery-Support-2017Steve Kring, Horizon Bank LaPorte County Market President, stopped by Michigan City High School on Wednesday, February 1, to present a check from Horizon to Michigan City Area Schools. Most of the funds ($4,500) will be used to purchase Chromebooks for use by students in the credit recovery program, and $500 will help support elementary athletics.

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Hoosier Homestead Initiative Update, February 2, 2017

Housing-Opportunities-New-LogoIt’s been just over 3 months since LaPorte County deeded the first batch of Hoosier Homestead Initiative (HHI) properties to Housing Opportunities. HHI or Hoosier Homestead Initiative began as a joint pilot project between the LaPorte County Commissioners, SRT, Inc., and Housing Opportunities with a mission to strengthen neighborhoods and provide homeownership opportunities for people who are financially and physically ready for the challenge of renovating a house and making it their home. Tax sale certificates were assigned to Housing Opportunities, which then took the property to deed in order to offer the homes to HHI participants at a small affordable price.

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Horizon Bank Bestows Gift of $20,000 to Friendship Botanic Gardens

Horizon-Bank-Friendship-Gardens-Donation-2017_01Horizon Bank has demonstrated its commitment to the Northwest Indiana community by donating $20,000 to Friendship Botanic Gardens (FBG). On November 29th, Steve Kring, the Laporte County Market President for Horizon Bank, officially presented a check to the FBG board of directors.

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Franciscan Health Crown Point: Andrean Students Raise Money to Fight Breast Cancer

Franciscan-Health-Crown-Point-Andrean-Students-Raise-Money-to-Fight-Breast-CancerJuniors at Merrillville’s Andrean High School recently conducted a fundraiser to raise money for the battle against breast cancer. Some 300 shirts were sold to benefit patient treatment and services at Franciscan Health Crown Point’s Breast Care Center. Accepting the check on behalf of the hospital were Laura Mannion from the Franciscan Health Foundation and Joan Filipowski cancer center patient nurse navigator. “We will use the money for support groups and to help treat patients,” said Filipowski, adding, “It is so heartwarming to see these young people wanting to help others. “

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Eight $1,000 Scholarships are Available from First Trust Credit Union for 2017

First-Trust-Credit-Union-Awards-5000-in-Scholarships-2016First Trust Credit Union's Board of Directors are excited to announce the restructuring of their scholarship program. EIGHT $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2017, to graduating seniors based on the geographic location of their high school. First Trust branches in Michigan City, La Porte, Valparaiso, and Wheatfield will each award two scholarships.

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Funds Available for La Porte County Youth-led Projects in 2017

unity-foundation-lpc-2016Leadership La Porte County’s Youth to Youth (Y2Y) program has funding for youth groups or individual youth in La Porte County to apply for mini-grants to carry out community service projects that will meet local needs. Y2Y is a spin-off of the Leadership La Porte County Youth Program and is a result of collaboration between Leadership La Porte County, the Youth Service Bureau BBBS of La Porte County and the Unity Foundation. The program is now in its 7th year and has collectively funded more than $3500 to youth-led community projects in the past several years. Grant requests will be reviewed by a youth committee. The grant application and project must be completed by youth.

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