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Unity Foundation awards ‘Power for Good Grants’

September 27, 2018

La PORTE — At its Annual Update Luncheon on Sept. 12, the Unity Foundation of La Porte County supported more than 80 local nonprofit projects by awarding more than $140,000 in grant funding.

The applications were evaluated by a committee of dedicated members from throughout La Porte County. The grants are made possible due to the generosity of visionary donors who left unrestricted funds to Unity Foundation.

Those community funders include the following: American Association of University Women La Porte Community, Backer Family, Fred & Helen Brust, John P. and Anne H. Daley, Ernest and Mildred Delco, Pauline M. Dent, Randy & Jane Dorman, Charles T. and Pauline J. Dye, Mark E. Essling, Sanford Z. Friedman, David C. Gardner, Gleim & Young Family, Nancy L. Gorman, Kabelin Family, Ruth W. Pollingue, Purdue Federal Credit Union, Tom & Judy Ringo, Phillip A. Sprague, Petrea A. Clark Community Fund, and John & Jean Vail. The Unity Foundation Power for Good Fund is made up of additional unrestricted donations from multiple donors.

In addition, funding assistance for the grants was provided by the La Porte County Mental Health Fund; Polad Animal Care Endowment Fund; Charles Westcott Youth Fund; Kay Franklin Commemorative Fund; La Porte County Educational Advancement Fund; Tom and Judy Ringo Fund; Kabelin Family Fund, Benz Family Fund, Tuholski & Oberlie Environment and Arts Fund; Jerry Peters Memorial Fund; Literacy Fund for La Porte County.

At the luncheon, Unity President Maggi Spartz and Board Co-Chairs Michele Magnuson and Jon Gilmore shared Unity’s year in review and reported that more than $1.1 million in grants and scholarships were given out in 2017. They also highlighted Unity’s community betterment activities, their involvement with the La Porte County Skill Up Network, and their continued asset growth. They thanked Unity’s Gold Key Society members and celebrated the success of their 25th Anniversary Give Day in October 2017, which resulted in $360,000 raised for the community.

Guest speakers Peggy Thomas, Principal, Edgewood Elementary and Fonda Owens, Director, La Porte County Library shared their stories of Unity partnership and inspired the crowd with their messages.

The complete list of 2018 Power for Good grant awards includes the following:

• A Hand Up Inc.: The Changing Room

• Arts in the Park: Band Scheduling

• Arts in the Park: Pre-Concert Hour Scheduling

• Advancing Christ’s Kingdom Ministries-Michigan City Food Bank: ThanksGIVING Turkeys

• Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City Inc.: My. Future

• Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City Inc.: Project Learn

• Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Gary: Preventing Homelessness Through Financial Assistance

• Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Gary: Lifeline Utility Assistance for Families and Individuals

• Citizens Concerned for the Homeless Inc.: Grace Learning Center-High School Equivalency Program Citizens

• Concerned for the Homeless Inc.: Keys to Hope Community Resource Program ABC’s to Self Sufficiency

• Citizens Concerned for the Homeless Inc.: Sand Castle Shelter’s Better Parenting Through Coordinated Access City of Michigan City

• Department of Parks and Recreation: Public Charcoal Receptacles

• Community Food Pantry of Galena, Hudson, Kankakee & Wills Townships: Food Pantry

• Dunebrook Inc.: Public Education

• Dunebrook Inc.: Child Advocacy Center

• Family Advocates Inc.: Child Abuse Prevention Month

• Community Training Frontline Foundations Inc.: Family Support Group Program

• Goodwill Industries of Michiana Inc.: Homeless Veteran Supply Supplement

• Greater Michigan City Chapter of the Drifters Incorporated: STEM GEMS Club

• Greater Michigan City Chapter of the Drifters Incorporated: Til Death Do you Tweet - Anti-Bullying and Social Media Program

• Healthy Communities Of La Porte County Inc.: Suicide Prevention and Education: Question, Persuade, Refer

• Homeward Bound Inc.: Update Office Equipment

• Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry: “Meat” the Need 2018

• Independent Cat Society: Let’s Fix This 3.0

• Interfaith Community PADS Inc.: Men’s Nightly Shelter

• Interfaith Community PADS Inc.: Women’s Nightly Shelter

• Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana: Wanatah’s Future Workforce

• Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana: Westville’s Future Workforce

• La Porte Area Lake Association Inc.: Lake Weed Treatment

• La Porte Circuit Court: La Porte Circuit Court Juvenile Symposium

• La Porte Community School Corporation: Slicer Success Closet

• La Porte County Public Library: Early Literacy

• La Porte County Symphony Orchestra Inc.: Children’s Education Concert

• La Porte County Habitat for Humanity: 2019 La Porte County Habitat Build

• La Porte County Meals on Wheels: Blizzard Box Bonanza 4

• La Porte County Meals on Wheels: Meals on the MOVE

• La Porte Meals on Wheels Inc.: Restructuring Project

• La Porte Park Foundation: Clarke Park Renovation

• LaSalle Council, Boy Scouts of America: Michigan City Marsh School Learning For Life

• Leadership La Porte County Inc.: High School Leadership Program

• LOK Wishing Tree Foundation: Carbon Monoxide Outreach

• Lubeznik Center for the Arts: Literacy Through the Arts

• MCAS Hours for Ours: Hours for Ours High School Mentoring

• MC Seniors Inc: Bench Replacement

• Michigan City Area Schools: MCAS “Dress for Success” Fund

• Michigan City Area Schools: MCAS “Future Wolves” Elementary Sports Program

• Michigan City Holiday Meals

• New Disciple Love Fellowship Church: Manna From Heaven

• New Prairie Education Foundation: JUMPSTART - Tutoring Towards Success

• New Prairie Middle School: Mentoring4Success

• New Prairie United School Corporation: MAD-learn After School

• Open Door Community Alliance Inc.: Open Door Community Alliance Medication Assistance Program

• Open Door Community Alliance Inc.: Open Door Adolescent Health Center

• Paladin Inc.: Augmentative Communication Devices

• Paladin Inc.: Barker Woods Facility Updates

• READ La Porte County Inc.: Supplementary Curriculum for Literacy Students

• REAL Services Inc.: Aging in Place

• Reins of Life Inc.: Equine-assisted Program for Veterans

• Safe Harbor Robotics Program: Beyond Coding: The Engineering Design Process

• Shirley Heinze Land Trust Inc.: La Porte County Educational Hike and Workshop Series

• Soul Steppers Drill Team Inc.: The Art of Stepping For Health and Total Well Being

• Southshore Skipping Stones: Newborn Baby Care Basics: Building Blocks of Knowledge, Know-how and Support

• St. Francis Ministry: Sacred Heart Food Pantry

• Saint Vincent de Paul/Saint Joseph Church: Opening the (La Porte) Door to Opportunity (Service, Volunteering, Development, Potential)

• Stepping Stone Shelter for Women Inc.: Living Beyond Domestic Violence

• Stepping Stone Shelter for Women Inc.: Shelter Food Assistance Program

• The Community Reserve: Beds for Children

• The Community Reserve: Furniture for those in need due to disasters, homelessness, foster care, etc.

• The Intrepid Phoenix

• The Pax Center: Fresh Produce Grant

• The Pax Center: Jackson Street Garden Renovation

• The Rotary Club of Michigan City: Eyeglasses for Children

• The Salvation Army: Weekend Backpack Food for Kids

• The Salvation Army: Pathway of Hope

• The Salvation Army of Michigan City: Emergency Services

• The Singing Company of La Porte County: The Singing Co. of La Porte County Children’s Chorus Annual “It’s Christmas” Holiday Concert

• The Social and Learning Institute for the Disadvantaged Inc.: Reins of Life Program: Equine Assisted Learning

• The Social and Learning Institute for the Disadvantaged, Inc.: Science & Nature Exploration

• Town of LaCrosse: Hidden Pond Park Improvement Project

• Trinity Episcopal Church: Trinity Food Pantry

• United Way of La Porte County: Kindergarten Countdown Camps

• Washington Park Zoological Society: Safety Handrails for Visitors

• We Connect: We Connect ERN Licensing

• Worthy Recovery Inc. DBA Worthy Women Recovery Home: Moral Resonation Therapy (MRT) Jail Program

• Worthy Recovery Inc. dba Worthy Women Recovery Home: Worthy Women Care Support

• Young Audiences of Indiana Inc.: Dancing Through the Curriculum

• Young Men’s Christian Association: Michigan City Mentorship Program Enhancements

• Youth Service Bureau Big Brothers Big Sisters of La Porte County Inc.: School Buddies

• Youth Service Bureau Big Brother Big Sisters of La Porte County Inc.: Kids on the Block

Unity thanked event sponsors including Horizon Bank, NIPSCO, 1st Source Bank, Edward Jones, Franciscan Health Michigan City, Meridian Title Corporation, and Swanson and Swanson Insurance, as well as the La Porte County community and Unity donors for their ongoing support and celebration of the Power of Community in La Porte County.

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