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

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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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Valparaiso Family YMCA's Togetherhood Committee strengthens community

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Valparaiso Family YMCA’s Togetherhood Committee loves to help people in the Valpo community.

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United Way of Porter County seeks volunteer ambassadors to support community initiatives

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United Way of Porter County is seeking volunteer ambassadors to help spread the word about how individual donors, companies and the United Way Partner Network are positively impacting community need in Northwest Indiana.

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Girl Scouts present the Colors at Memorial Day Concert

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The Girl Scouts of Valparaiso and Washington Township opened and closed the Memorial Day Concert at the Memorial Opera house on Monday, May 27th. A delegation of 12 Girl Scouts ranging from 1st through 10th graders ceremoniously presented the Colors while the audience sang the Star-Spangled Banner and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. The program continued with the Valparaiso/Community band directed by Jeff Doebler playing patriotic songs. The Girl Scouts closed the program by retreating the colors after Taps was played.

Pictured in photo are (Left to Right) Daisy Girl Scout Lucy Lutin, Senior Girl Scout Olivia Lozano, Brownie Girl Scout Alexis Rodd, Ambassador Girl Scout Samantha Kazmierczak, Senior Girl Scout Megan McDowell, Junior Girl Scout Emma Creekmore, Senior Girl Scout Katie Garza, and Junior Girl Scout Elizabeth...

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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?

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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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The Women’s Fund of Porter County Awards Two Grants to Local Nonprofits


The-Womens-Fund-of-Porter-County-Awards-Two-Grants-to-Local-NonprofitsOn Thursday, May 2, 50 women gathered at the Porter County Community Foundation Nonprofit Conference Center to attend the 2019 Annual Membership Meeting for the Women’s Fund of Porter County.

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

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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

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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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Folds of Honor Scholarship for Gold Star Students

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A standard part of any military funeral is the presentation of the folded flag, which had moments before draped the coffin, to the surviving family. It is a fitting symbol, then, for Folds of Honor, a charity that provides college scholarships to Gold Star students, children whose parents were lost or severely wounded while deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan.

“Our most recent award from Folds of Honor is a folded flag that looks a little washed out, but those are all the names of our full scholarships last year—10,000 of them!” Bob Carnagey, Northwest Indiana Director for Folds of Honor Foundation and charity volunteer proudly explained.

Folds of Honor was started from scratch by Air National Guard of Oklahoma F16 Fighter Pilot Dan Rooney. On his way back from his second tour in Iraq, Rooney was aboard a plane carrying a hero...

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