GROWN POINT | Every year, Influential Women of Northwest Indiana celebrates successful women who have achieved success in 11 different industries, ranging from construction and healthcare to education and government.
But the organization does not stop at recognizing the business world. Nonprofits are also selected to receive funding for important projects that make a positive impact on the community.
Influential Women recently announced the four nonprofits that it would be assisting in 2013 – Discoveries Unlimited, the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Sojourner Truth House and The Caring Place, Inc.
“Each of these amazing organizations is well-established in making Northwest Indiana a better place to live and assisting women and girls in a variety of ways,” Influential Women Organizer Andrea Pearman said. “Influential Women is passionate about giving back to these nonprofits that give so much throughout the year.”
Discoveries Unlimited, based in Valparaiso, was created to help pre- and early teens discover, and further interest in, the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Math (S.T.E.M.). By forming mentoring relationships with S.T.E.M. professionals, the youth explore career opportunities and their educational requirements.
The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana acquires, stores and distributes more than 4.9 million pounds of food throughout Lake and Porter counties. Located in Gary, it is a USDA-approved primary distributor of food to local pantries, shelters, daycare centers and soup kitchens.
Sojourner Truth House, also based in Gary, is a community resource and day center for homeless and at-risk women and children. It was founded to meet the needs of the underserved in Gary and Lake County.
The Caring Place is a social service organization headquartered in Valparaiso that serves the needs of domestic violence and sexual assault victims, primarily in Lake, Porter and Starke counties. In addition to safe shelter, The Caring Place provides community education, support groups, legal counseling and case management, and independent living planning.
These nonprofits were chosen based on their mission and values, and how the funds would be used to empower women and girls, Pearman said.
“After reviewing a number of very qualified organizations, these four really stood out,” she explained. “I am confident that the funding from Influential Women will be put to very good use, and the entire community will benefit.”
The donations will be presented to these four nonprofits during the Influential Women of Northwest Indiana Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 23, at Avalon Manor in Merrillville, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Past projects that the Influential Women organization has funded include helping women who are victims of domestic violence with childcare and housing needs, providing nutrition classes and tutoring to young girls to break the cycle of generational poverty, and offering summer camp programs to boost self-esteem.
For more information on Influential Women of Northwest Indiana, or to purchase tickets to the awards banquet, visit www.nwiwomen.com or call (219) 226-0300.