VALPARAISO | Today is Porter County Give Day. People have until 11:59 p.m. to make a donation that will benefit 25 nonprofits that help children.
In partnership with the Times Media Co., the Porter County Community Foundation is asking for support to help local youths.
The money people donate today will receive matching funds from a pool of more than $70,000.
Nonprofit organizations that will receive funds from the event will include Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County, Calumet and LaSalle Councils - Boy Scouts of America, Challenger Learning Center, Chasing Dreams, Dunebrook, Duneland Family YMCA, Dunes Learning Center, Family & Youth Services Bureau, Family House, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, Friends of Portage Township Foundation, HealthLinc, Hilltop Neighborhood House, Jacob's Ladder, Parents as Teachers of Porter County, PATH, Inc. – A Positive Approach to Teen Health, Portage Parks and Recreation Foundation, Portage Township YMCA, Porter County 4-H Council, Porter County Association for Handicapped Children and Adults, Reins of Life, Valparaiso Family YMCA, Valpo Parks Foundation (Valplayso), and Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County - Phoenix Center.
"We want to remind folks that it is 24-hour event and that it is not over until 11:59 p.m," said Carol Costakis, community resource director with the foundation. "To motivate people to keep giving we have the Procrastinator Prize for the nonprofit organization that gets the most gifts in the last two hours. It will be fun to watch who stays up for the fun."
People can donate in person until 5 p.m. today at The Times, 1111 Glendale Blvd., or visit portercountygiveday.org and use a credit card to donate.