In 2011 Andrea Proulx Buinicki built upon a 16-year career in fundraising by starting her own philanthropy consulting firm, Giving Focus. The Valparaiso resident came up with the name of her firm because in her business she wants to focus on the act of giving.
Caroline Shook, CEO of Housing Opportunities in Valparaiso, which runs the Porter County Food Pantry program, still remembers the box of "beautiful" freshly picked hot peppers donated one day last summer by a local gardener with a surplus.
VALPARAISO | United Way of Porter County has recognized Caroline Shook, Executive Director of Housing Opportunities, as the "2011 Outstanding Agency Professional". This award, which includes a $500 stipend for continuing education, was announced at United Way's Annual Campaign Celebration an…
VALPARAISO | Walking into Christy Waddell's apartment, it looks like many others in the city -- with family portraits hanging in the cozy living room and a small dinette set in the kitchen.
For a year and a half, Kim Reed's home was wherever she and her daughter could lay down their heads at night.
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