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United Way of Porter County is launching a new corporate social responsibility initiative called Pacesetters to help corporations meet their social responsibility goals.

The Pacesetters program is designed to provide an easy way for corporations to get more involved in their community. Pacesetter organizations select from a variety of giving back options help fulfill their community support goals while receiving increased recognition and employee engagement opportunities.

“By starting with the end in mind – service and connecting people to their community – we are challenging businesses to support United Way as a Pacesetter,” said Randy Zromkoski, Managing Member at Blachly, Tabor, Bozik & Hartman, LLC in Valparaiso. “United Way of Porter County is the philanthropic partner that I trust to recognize community need and step up to lead the way to support those who need it most.”

Zromkoski and his wife Jo Ellen are this year’s United Way Campaign Chairs. For more than 25 years the Zromkoskis have been involved in the community, supporting a variety of organizations like United Way.

“The importance of corporate social responsibility cannot be overstated,” said Kim Olesker, president & CEO of United Way of Porter County. “The Pacesetters program is a wonderful opportunity for area businesses to commit early to helping United Way stabilize families in our community. The more stabilized home life can be a more stabilized workforce we have.”

In the last year, United Way has supported 55 safety net programs, impacted more than 69,000 Northwest Indiana residents and connected more than 8,000 volunteers to area nonprofits.

Pacesetters will be recognized at the 2018 Day of Caring and Campaign Kick-off Breakfast at 8 a.m. Aug. 10. Pacesetter applications are now being accepted through uly 11. To become a Pacesetter, contact Kasie Tenbarge at kasandra@unitedwaypc.org or visit www.unitedwaypc.org.

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Community Coordinator

Annette is Community Coordinator for The Times. She has been with the paper for two decades. A resident of Hobart, she graduated from Purdue University with degrees in English and German.