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United Way of Porter County Spirit Awards

United Way of Porter County Spirit Awards stand ready for presentation to recipients in this 2018 file photo.

Nominations are being accepted through Jan. 15 for the United Way of Porter County's annual Spirit Awards.

As an initiative of the United Way Regional Volunteer Center program, the Spirit Awards recognize "amazing volunteer activities" happening throughout the Region.

“We are looking for everyday passionate, courageous and self-sacrificing individuals who exhibit what it means to live united,” said Kim Olesker, president and CEO of United Way of Porter County. “Spirit Awards recognizes amazing unsung volunteers for their hard work.”

In 2018, eight winners were chosen from a nomination pool of 27 individuals. The winners were: Joseph Baker, Valparaiso; John A. Beebe Sr., Crown Point; Ginger Brockwehl, Valparaiso; Nicky Ali Jackson, Ph.D., Chesterton; Brooke Scheurich, Valparaiso; Joanna Smith, Gary; Pastor Curtis Whittaker Sr., Gary; and Lorrie Woycik, Valparaiso.

Nominations from throughout Northwest Indiana are welcome. Award recipients will be selected by a committee of volunteers and winners will be notified the week of Jan. 27.

Winners and nominees will be honored at United Way’s annual Community Celebration on March 14 at Duneland Falls in Porter.

Nominations will be accepted from all Northwest Indiana counties. Go to nwi.com/uwpcspiritawards to nominate a volunteer. 

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