VALPARAISO | Myron Knauff, 93, was happy to donate Thursday morning to Porter County Give Day.
"I've always supported Porter County Community Foundation ever since it started," he said. " I particularly support Opportunity Enterprises. I've had a daughter there since she was 21 and she's now 55."
Knauff did not mind making out checks for Opportunity Enterprises and Alice's, two of the 17 organizations that will be benefiting from this 24-hour event.
Porter County Give Day is an effort to raise funds to reduce homelessness in Porter County. On this single day, gifts to 17 local nonprofit organizations will receive matching funds through a pool of $55,000 from donors. Many of the 17 nonprofits participated in the day by displaying T-shirts designed by clients of The Caring Place or by having an open house, like Gabriel's Horn did in South Haven.
People could donate online to this cause and choose which nonprofit they wanted to help or they could stop by The Times office in Valparaiso and make a donation. Donations ranged from $5 to $4,000.
Barb Young, president of Porter County Community Foundation, was pleased with the day's events at The Times. She cheered loudly at 5:20 p.m. when they raised more than $100,000, with $72,000 of that coming from online donations.
"We are thrilled with the results," she said. "It's been a really exciting day. And it's not over yet. We still have until midnight to collect more money."
Young was surprised at the number of people who came to The Times on Thursday.
"I'm very surprised at the high volume here of walk-ins (at The Times)," Young said. "I'm pretty pleased for our first-time effort. We will definitely do it again, but we want to get feedback."
Carol Costakis, community resource director for the Porter County Community Foundation, was thrilled with the response.
"I'm elated by the response on all levels," she said. "And we love all the people who stopped in, and the reasons why they were giving were amazing."
One woman who donated Tuesday at The Times office said she had benefited from The Caring Place years ago and wanted to give back to the agency that helped her.