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2017 Award Winners Announced at Mayor's Commission on Disabilities 31st Annual Awards Breakfast and Resource Fair

Hammond-Commission-on-Disabilities-Award-Winners-2017Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. announces the 2017 award winners at the Mayor's Commission on Disabilities 31st Annual Awards Breakfast and Resource Fair which took place this morning at the Dynasty Banquet Hall.

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All Hands on Deck! Adult Education Program in Portage Seeks Volunteers

NEODo you have a passion for helping others? Would you like professional experience to build your resume to find a better job? NEO Adult Education needs YOU!

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Strack & Van Til Donates $1,000 to Respite Care Service for Equipment, Services


On Wednesday morning, Strack & Van Til paid a visit to Respite Care Services to present them with a generous $1,000 check to fund new equipment and services for the consumers of this tight-knit community.

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VNA Seeking Meals on Wheels Volunteers

rot1VNA Meals on Wheels needs volunteers for the Portage area. Interested in spending an hour or so once a week, once a month, or whatever fits in your schedule, helping deliver a hot, nutritious lunch to a homebound senior? Sometimes, the VNA Meals on Wheels volunteer is the only person that senior may see all day.

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Franciscan Health Crown Point: Nurse Lauded as Heroine by Patient

Franciscan-Health-Crown-Point-Nurse-Lauded-as-Heroine-by-PatientSandy Ring, left, an imaging department nurse at Franciscan Health Crown Point, is congratulated by Barbara Anderson, hospital president and chief executive officer, during a recent management meeting for Ring’s potentially life-saving efforts to help a Demotte man after she observed a suspicious-sounding cough when the patient reported for a CT scan. A subsequent lung scan revealed a pulmonary embolism. A short time later, the patient went to the Emergency Department and also received treatment from the cardiovascular unit staff.

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Woman’s Passion for Volunteering Shapes Greater Hammond Community Services

Womans-Passion-for-Volunteering-Shapes-Greater-Hammond-Community-ServicesFor some, volunteering is a part time engagement. For Cindy Bean, volunteering was her way of coping and ended up being her job at Greater Hammond Community Services.

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Hobart Events: Help Make 2017 Better than Ever by Volunteering!


Every year, Hobart Events hosts dozens of special events and gatherings throughout the city. From weekly events like Summer on the Lake to annual events like The Great Hobart Hunt, and holiday-based events like Pumpkins in the Park, a lot of work goes in behind the scenes to create a seamless event with fun, family-friendly atmospheres.

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Sponsors, Donations Sought for 2017 Veteran Build House for Habitat For Humanity Porter County

habitat-humanity-porter-county-2017-veterans-buildHabitat Porter County is pleased to announce that we will be partnering with Tina, a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and her teenage daughter for this year's Veteran Build. Construction for the three-bedroom ranch with an attached garage will begin this spring north of Valparaiso near Edgewater and Sapphire Lane.

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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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Zeta Mu Celebrates Tri Kappa Week by Honoring Portage Fire Department


For Tri Kappa members statewide, performing random acts of kindness is what Tri Kappa Week (Feb. 19-25) is all about. This year, the Portage Zeta Mu Chapter of Tri Kappa chose to shower with kindness the dedicated and deserving firefighters of Portage's Fire Department.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County Receives Grant from Porter County Community Foundation

pccf-bgcpoco-2017The Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County recently received a grant from the Porter County Community Foundation’s Community Fund. The organization has used the funds to partner with the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, to assess the current programs offered at all four of the Club locations.

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