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Helping out

Valparaiso Nazarene Church members paint the back of the Porter County Aging and Community Services’ building as part of its Serve Day 2018.

VALPARAISO — Porter County Aging and Community Services was on the receiving end of a community service initiative.

The Valparaiso Nazarene Church team came out to PCACS offices on its Serve Day to help with lingering projects, including painting the back wall of the building, removing an unneeded portion of a fence, trimming some trees and reorganizing office space with the moving of a cubicle. Church members also volunteered at the Valparaiso location of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana, Hilltop Neighborhood House and Opportunity Enterprises.

“We want to be a church that exists in and for the community. We simply want to be a blessing. We have a great group of people that want to make an impact and form partnerships with those who are doing so many great things for our area,” said the church’s Connections Pastor Eric Wood. “We had been connected with PCACS last year and because of all they do for the community, we wanted to continue to help by tackling some things, so they could focus on their main goal.”

PCACS Executive Director Bruce Lindner said the work day illustrates what can be accomplished when community members come together.

“It was wonderful to see church members unite to help us check these projects off our to-do list,” he said. “We are so appreciative of the church’s team members for taking the time on a Saturday to serve the community.”

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