VALPARAISO | Thursday is Porter County GIVE Day and this year it benefits kids. On this single day, gifts can go further to help improve literacy, healthcare, safety, and quality of life for local youth. A portion of every donation made during the 24-hour event will be matched to benefit 25 participating nonprofit organizations. Generous donors have created a matching pool of $70,000 to encourage others to give as well.
The Porter County Community Foundation sponsors Porter County GIVE Day, in partnership with The Times Media Company. The matching pool was contributed by sponsors, including White Lodging, Task Force Tips, Vale Park Animal Hospital/Dr. Jerry and Linda Rodenbarger, Laura and Todd Elliott, Thrivent Financial – Greater Valparaiso, Tri-Kappa - Iota Chapter, Jacki Stutzman and Weiss Entities. Additional contributions have been made by Larry Burnell, Dave Sibley, Deno Yiankes, DuPont Pioneer, Kiwanis Club of Valparaiso, Patricia Crise, Luke Oil, and Indiana 105.
Many of the 25 nonprofit organizations are planning their own celebrations for GIVE Day, including:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County
Volunteers at drive-up tents will accept gifts at each club location, plus there will be several mobile giving buses/vans throughout the county all day long. To teach children the value of philanthropy, the clubs are also holding a penny war competition between clubs with the idea that children contribute funds toward GIVE Day, using only money they have earned or received on their own – without soliciting pennies from parents.
Representatives will be at Blackbird Café, 114 East Lincolnway. They will have a Wheel of Fun that visitors can spin to win, as well as learn about issues facing children. Visitors may also make a gift to GIVE Day from the Blackbird location, using a credit card. Dunebrook’s own special mobile unit will promote GIVE Day throughout the county.
Dunes Learning Center
The Dunes Learning Center will be hold a "Campfire for Kids” on GIVE Day. At 12:01 a.m., they will start a campfire and add to the fire each time a gift is received. For every $100 donated, they’ll add a big log on the fire, tended day and night by board members, naturalists, and staff. Track the fire on Facebook at “Dunes Learning Center.”
HealthLinc will have booths set up at Fagen Pharmacy locations, inviting people to easily make a gift on the spot, using a credit card.
Hilltop Neighborhood House
More than 80 Hilltop supporters will wear T-shirts promoting GIVE Day. Plus, Hilltop’s school buses will feature GIVE Day banners for the day. A special giving kiosk will also be set up at the Harre Union at Valparaiso University on GIVE Day.
Throughout the day on GIVE Day, Family House representatives will be at the Valparaiso Town & Country store, 1605 Calumet Ave; and CVS pharmacy, 1805 Calumet Ave. They will have a computer on hand and be able to assist people who wish to give using a credit card.
Visiting Nurse Association – Phoenix Center
The VNA Phoenix Center, 501 Marquette St., will be open on GIVE Day from 4:30 to 7 p.m. offering tours and refreshments. They will also have a computer available and volunteers ready to assist people who wish to give using a credit card.