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Bike helmets distributed to 500 children

Bike helmets distributed to 500 children

Attorney Ken Allen fits a bike helmet on Tony Pierson as Cathie Dull, back left, Assistant Director of Resource Development Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County And Ron Ranta, back right, South Haven club director, watch.

June 20, 2014 12:00 am
Celebrating the champions of OE

Celebrating the champions of OE

Honored at the 2014 annual Celebration of Achievement for Opportunity Enterprises, are, from left, Megan Musgrave, Jeanne Baird Volunteer of the Year; Neil Samahon, Employer of the Year (Metro Recycling); Chuck Blanchard, Direct Support Professional of the Year; Chris Campbell, Business of t…

May 13, 2014 12:00 pm
Troop visits The Times

Troop visits The Times

Westville Cub Scout Troop 831 visits The Times Valparaiso office and gets a tour of the facility Tuesday afternoon

May 06, 2014 5:15 pm
Give Local Day helps area nonprofits

Give Local Day helps area nonprofits

Caren Furdeck, development coordinator for Housing Opportunities, left, and Jamie Miller, development officer, were putting out balloons at Housing Opportunities to let people know they could stop by and make a donation online for Give Local Porter County.

May 06, 2014 12:00 am
Give Local Day helps area nonprofits

Give Local Day helps area nonprofits

Waiting for donations at Blackbird Cafe for Dayspring Women's Center are, from left, Edie Eickemeyer, volunteer; Ryan Freemon-Jones, volunteer; Kathleen Dewitt, director of community engagement, holding Margaret Meyers; Jessica Meyers, volunteer and John Santoro, Dayspring board member.

May 06, 2014 12:00 am
Give Local Day helps area nonprofits

Give Local Day helps area nonprofits

Showing their support for the Porter County Boys & Girls Clubs are, in front, Armeter Ivory, human resources manager; second row, Dan Welch, director of programs and outcome measurement; Ryan Smiley, president; Alison Martin, director of resource development; Beth Claxton, office manager…

May 06, 2014 12:00 am
Volunteers share smiles, pleasant memories

Volunteers share smiles, pleasant memories

Volunteer Jo Ireland is pictured with Jerry Lambert, a guest at the center.

April 13, 2014 12:00 am
Volunteers share smiles, pleasant memories

Volunteers share smiles, pleasant memories

Greta Kramer, a volunteer at St. Agnes Adult Day Service Center, cleans plastic eggs at the faciility.

April 13, 2014 12:00 am
Charmin matches local donation to homeless shelter

Charmin matches local donation to homeless shelter

Kathleen McClure, Housing Opportunities community liaison, right, hands Matthew Shaffer one of the 1,400 rolls of toilet paper he donated to Housing Opportunities. Also helping are Matthew's grandfather and Matthew's brother, Alex.

April 09, 2014 8:00 pm
Charmin matches local donation to homeless shelter

Charmin matches local donation to homeless shelter

Stacks of toilet paper collected by Matthew Shaffer fill the pantry at  Housing Opportunities.

April 09, 2014 8:00 pm
Making Bears For Kids

Making Bears For Kids

Rose Franko, a St. Agnes participant, stuffs one of the bears that will be given to children who are in distress.

April 04, 2014 12:00 am
Making Bears For Kids

Making Bears For Kids

St. Agnes participant Dot Dietrich, left, gets help with her bear from Kim Sullivan, an Ivy Tech Community College nursing student who is performing her clinical training at the adult day center.

April 04, 2014 12:00 am
Making Bears For Kids

Making Bears For Kids

Participants at St. Agnes Adult Day Service Center in Valparaiso stuff bears on Thursday for the Bears For Kids program. The bears are stuffed, given a heart and then donated to local police departments to give to children in distress. St. Agnes employees said the service project is repeated…

April 04, 2014 12:00 am
Junior kindergarten, preschool classes available

Junior kindergarten, preschool classes available

Nativity's Preschool junior kindergarten teacher Jamie Gore talks to the children about the alphabet.

March 27, 2014 12:00 am
Junior kindergarten, preschool classes available

Junior kindergarten, preschool classes available

Junior kindergarten student Peyton Robb plays with Mr. Potato Head after finishing an assignment at Nativity.

March 27, 2014 12:00 am
Lakeshore Paws holds open house Saturday

Lakeshore Paws holds open house Saturday

Ben, a miniature potbellied pig, is available for adoption at Lakeshore PAWS in Valparaiso.

February 18, 2014 12:00 am
Lakeshore Paws holds open house Saturday

Lakeshore Paws holds open house Saturday

These pit bull-Lab mix puppies are available for adoption at Lakeshore PAWS in Valparaiso.

February 18, 2014 12:00 am
Motivational speaker inspires vocational students

Motivational speaker inspires vocational students

Marine Josh Bleill speaks to students Thursday at the Porter County Career and Tech Center.

January 31, 2014 12:00 am
ValPlayso

ValPlayso

Misti Howell, right, parent volunteer at Parkview Elementary, talks to students Thursday about their ideas for the new ValPlayso playground.

January 30, 2014 11:46 am
ValPlayso

ValPlayso

Parkview Elementary student Starr Dust illustrated her ideas for the new ValPlayso park.

January 30, 2014 11:42 am
Housing Opportunities receives donation

Housing Opportunities receives donation

Housing Opportunities employee LaTosha Knight and volunteer Scott Lewis help organize food donated by Carlos Rivero, owner of don Quijote Restaurante in Valparaiso.

January 24, 2014 5:51 pm
New glasses would brighten Milan's day

New glasses would brighten Milan's day

Milan could use assistance through the Christmas for the Elderly program.

December 24, 2013 12:00 am
Recliner would make life easier for Bernice

Recliner would make life easier for Bernice

Bernice hopes to get a new recliner for her home.

December 22, 2013 12:00 am
Companion Homemaker will make life easier for widower

Companion Homemaker will make life easier for widower

Connie hopes to continue getting Companion Homemaker Services through the VNA.

December 16, 2013 7:00 pm
Bruce grateful for VNA services

Bruce grateful for VNA services

Bruce is one of many local seniors who have received services through the Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County.

December 15, 2013 12:00 am
Hospital bed would make life easier

Hospital bed would make life easier

Janis needs a hospital bed to help her get a good night's sleep.

December 10, 2013 12:00 am
Lift chair will help Vietnam veteran

Lift chair will help Vietnam veteran

Jack hopes to get a lift chair through the Christmas for the Elderly program this year.

December 08, 2013 12:00 am
Couple want to have a 68th anniversary date

Couple want to have a 68th anniversary date

Jane and Frank are hoping to celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary with dinner at a restaurant.

December 03, 2013 12:00 am
Faith helps Pam get through cancer battle

Faith helps Pam get through cancer battle

Pam C., pictured with her dog, Leonardo, is fighting cancer and has no money to replace her television.

December 01, 2013 12:00 am
Annual Christmas for the Elderly program kicks off this holiday season

Annual Christmas for the Elderly program kicks off this holiday season

Mary received assistance through the Christmas for the Elderly program last year.

November 28, 2013 12:00 am
Food distributed to local families in Lake, Porter counties

Food distributed to local families in Lake, Porter counties

Attorney Kenneth J. Allen hands a toy to Sireenity Crockett, 2 of Gary.

November 27, 2013 12:00 am
Give Day breaks record of 24-hour donations

Give Day breaks record of 24-hour donations

Children from the afternoon class at Hilltop House visited The Times office in Valparaiso to say thank you for Porter County Give Day.

November 08, 2013 12:00 am
Give Day breaks record of 24-hour donations

Give Day breaks record of 24-hour donations

record1 Members of PATH (Positive Approach to Teen Health), were riding around town on a bike promoting Porter county Give Day.

November 08, 2013 12:00 am
Give Day breaks record for 24-hour donations

Give Day breaks record for 24-hour donations

Times Photographer John Watkins shows the children how to download a photo.

November 07, 2013 10:14 am
Walking to end Alzheimer's

Walking to end Alzheimer's

Louise Thompson, left, community outreach specialist for the Greater Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, thanks walkers Sunday as they complete the 1-mile walk Walk to end Alzheimer's at Hidden Lake Park in Merrillville. About 800 people participated, said Thompson, which rivals …

September 22, 2013 6:30 pm
Talking Popcorn with Tina St. Aubin

Talking Popcorn with Tina St. Aubin

Tina St. Aubin of Valparaiso

September 05, 2013 12:00 am
Project brings kids to their feet

Project brings kids to their feet

Pictured are some of the flip-flops Kaylee Oates created for children. They come in all sizes and assortments, each one with a personalized message.

August 20, 2013 12:00 am
Project brings kids to their feet

Project brings kids to their feet

Pictured with flip-flops are, from left, Matt Parker, executive vice president of Kids Alive International; Girl Scout Kaylee Oates; and Phyllis Pierson, of Kids Alive. Oates and friends decorated 90 pairs of flip-flops for orphan girls around the world.

August 20, 2013 12:00 am
Taking a short cut

Taking a short cut

Debra Yerga shows off her new hairstyle with more than 30 inches of hair cut off.

March 20, 2013 12:00 am
YMCA kicks off campaign fund

YMCA kicks off campaign fund

Participating in the Portage YMCA We Build People campaign kickoff breakfast, are St. Mary's Hospital president and CEO Janice Ryba, in front at left, and YMCA fund development director Nancy Simpson. In back are Real Life Church pastor Scott Marshall, left, and YMCA executive director Dave …

March 07, 2013 12:00 am
YMCA kicks off campaign fund

YMCA kicks off campaign fund

Holding a "check" from Real Life Community Church for the Portage YMCA We Build People campaign are children in its child care and development center,  Talia Jackson, from left, Piper Yorke and Sadie Smith.

March 07, 2013 12:00 am
Let's get crackin'

Let's get crackin'

Dr. Brian Hold will be offering his services on Friday to help with a fundraiser.

March 06, 2013 12:00 am
Freinds 'roast' Boys & Girls Club president Chuck Leer

Freinds 'roast' Boys & Girls Club president Chuck Leer

Chuck Leer sits in the hot seat Thursday night as he is roasted by friends and colleagues. Leer is leaving Porter County Boys & Girls Club after 40 years as its president.

February 25, 2013 12:00 am
Banta Knitters group creates robes, blankets, shawls for good causes

Banta Knitters group creates robes, blankets, shawls for good causes

Pictured are some of the items that have been crocheted and knitted by the Banta Knitters.

January 26, 2013 12:00 am
Banta Knitters group creates robes, blankets, shawls for good causes

Banta Knitters group creates robes, blankets, shawls for good causes

Members of the Banta Knitters, from left, Margaret McMahan, Star Ruwersma and Dolores Tight work on profjects Thursday at the Village Park Enrichment Center at Banta in Valparaiso.

January 26, 2013 12:00 am
Banta Knitters group creates robes, blankets, shawls for good causes

Banta Knitters group creates robes, blankets, shawls for good causes

Star Ruwersma works on a project as part of the Banta Knitters.

January 26, 2013 12:00 am
Holiday program helps elderly in Porter County

Holiday program helps elderly in Porter County

Lynne, of Valparaiso, shows off the Christmas tree she received through the Christmas for the Elderly program.

January 19, 2013 12:00 am
Ray could use some assistance

Ray could use some assistance

Ray would love to get a lift chair for the holidays through the Christmas for the Elderly program.

December 24, 2012 12:00 am
Lifeline helps Sandra feel safe, secure

Lifeline helps Sandra feel safe, secure

Sandra wears the Lifeline necklace around her neck and hopes to continue getting the service through the Christmas for the Elderly program.

December 22, 2012 12:00 am
Hoping to be home after the holidays

Hoping to be home after the holidays

Karen could use a liftchair and some other items through the Christmas for the Elderly program.

December 17, 2012 12:00 am
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