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Shelves of St. Clare Health Clinic food pantry will remain stocked thanks to $25,000 donation from Certified Electrician


The Franciscan Health St. Clare Health Clinic’s food pantry will be able to increase its assistance to those in need for the next year thanks to a $25,000 donation from Certified Electrician, a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 697 and the National Electrical Contractors Association.

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American Renolit goes above and beyond to give back to La Porte County


American Renolit Corporation (ARC), an international leader in the manufacturing of high-quality plastic films, believes in giving back to the La Porte Community. ARC has been teaming up with Rebuilding Together of La Porte County for the past two years. This program helps rebuild, clean, and improve the lives of those in need.

This year Renolit was assigned to helping an elderly couple by planting flowers, garage and porch painting, landscaping, and yard maintenance. Fifteen workers from Renolit participated this year, including spouses and younger children. Make no mistake, the participants from American Renolit are not being told to do this, it is something they believe in and enjoy.

Renaat Demeulemeester, President of American Renolit Corporation really sets the example by donating his time...

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Non-profits benefit from Leadership Academy thanks to HFL


One of the first tasks the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte (HFL) tackled after it was officially formed in 2016 was to take a 30,000-foot view of the charitable organization landscape in La Porte County. Before the HFL could be sure they were planning grants where they would have the most impact, they first needed to know: how many not-for-profits do we have in our communities, what are they trying to influence, and how is that working?

They opened their doors for months of individual meetings with dozens of charitable organizations who serve the community, and what they learned is that there was significant capacity to strengthen these organizations so their resources could be used to the max.

From those meetings was born the Nonprofit Leadership Academy in La Porte County – a Healthy...

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Michigan City High School JROTC Demonstrates Honor and Respect on Memorial Day


Memorial Day is viewed by most Americans as the traditional start of the summer, a time for barbecuing and relaxing. The reason the last Monday in May is a federal holiday is to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our nation.

The cadets of the Michigan City High School (MCHS) Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC) supported the true meaning of this day by marching in the Michigan City Memorial Day Parade and participating in the ceremony at Greenwood Cemetery. Earlier, they had assisted different veteran groups by placing flags on all of the veteran graves in the Greenwood Cemetery. They also supported veteran motorcycle groups in their ceremony at the Medal of Honor recipient Danny Bruce memorial ceremony at Washington Park prior to their trip to Washington, DC, for ceremonies...

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Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch Awards Eight Planning Grants


In cooperation with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch has awarded eight communities with planning grants.

“These grants will allow communities to make significant improvements to the quality of life for their residents,” Crouch said. “These small steps on things such as infrastructure and water utilities make a huge difference for these communities.”

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant assists local units of government with various community projects, which include infrastructure improvements, downtown revitalization, public facilities improvements, and economic development.

“Planning grants are invaluable tools that can help rural communities shape their vision for community and economic development,” said...

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St. John the Evangelist students deliver on service project by assisting Franciscan Health Prenatal Assistance Programs

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A group of seventh-grade girls from St. John the Evangelist School in St. John enjoyed a recent shopping spree. But it wasn’t for themselves. The girls were buying diapers and other baby supplies for families in need.

As part of the school’s Marian Girls Program, seventh- and eighth-grade girls participate in a two-year program that features a service project. This year, the Marian Girls seventh-graders chose to have a fundraiser to benefit the Franciscan Health Prenatal Assistance Programs in Crown Point and Hammond.

Their efforts raised $1,114 and were used to purchase several boxes of diapers and wipes, baby clothing, blankets and crib sheets, toiletries, stuffed animals, gift cards and more. With the help of Marian Girls Program coordinators Carmen Shafer and Gretchen Gerstenkorn, the girls delivered the donations on May 22 to Franciscan Health St. Clare Health...

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Why Walk?


Fifty million people across the globe are living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. That number doesn’t include the many family members, friends, and caregivers who are also touched by this disease. Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and still has no cure. The Alzheimer Association is hard at work to find one, but they need your help!

“We can’t do what we do without the support of our local communities,” said Walk Manager Sara Spruth. One of the best ways to aide the Alzheimer Association is to join their annual walk. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is one of the most important fundraisers for the Association. It also acts as a means of raising awareness about the disease and the Association.

“It’s important to find a cure for this. It’s devastating to families. It really touches them and strikes a nerve with a lot of people. Having an...

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Michigan City bowlers add to their history of support for Franciscan Health Michigan City Breast Care Center

Bowl-for-the-Cure-donation-to-Franciscan-Health-Michigan-City-Breast-Care-Center-2019The Michigan City chapter of the United States Bowling Congress Association has made a substantial impact on the fight against breast cancer over the past 17 years.

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Centier Bank’s Chesterton South Branch to Support The H Life with Bake Sale, Coffee Flight on May 13


Centier Bank’s Chesterton South Branch is helping The H Life raise funds for pediatric cancer research with their first-ever Coffee Flight and Bake Sale on Monday, May 13 from 10am – 2pm.

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Walk for Sojourner Truth House


Did someone say color walk?!

In celebration of the event's 20th anniversary, Sojourner Truth House (STH) is adding some color to this year’s Walk for STH by hosting a color walk! Proceeds support the mission of Sojourner Truth House to provide hope and help to thousands of homeless and at-risk women and their children.

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Indiana Wing Civil Air Patrol prepares for Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX)


Indiana Wing Civil Air Patrol volunteers will be conducting Search and Rescue (SAREX) training exercises out of the La Porte Municipal Airport throughout the weekend of May 3rd through 5th, 2019.

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