Unity foundation boosts efforts of 80-plus local nonprofits with $140,000 in grants

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Local nonprofits are always scraping for funds, relying mainly on donations and grants. Unity Foundation of LaPorte County supported their efforts with more than $140,000 in grants, awarded at its recent September 2018 event.

Applications for the grants were evaluated by a committee of LaPorte County members. The grants are made possible thanks to the generosity of donors who left unrestricted funds to Unity Foundation. Those community funders include the following: American Association of University Women LaPorte Community, Backer Family, Fred & Helen Brust, John P. and Anne H. Daley, Ernest and Mildred Delco, Pauline M. Dent, Randy & Jane Dorman, Charles T. and Pauline J. Dye, Mark E. Essling, Sanford Z. Friedman, David C. Gardner, Gleim & Young Family, Nancy L. Gorman, Kabelin Family, Ruth W. Pollingue, Purdue Federal Credit Union, Tom & Judy Ringo, Phillip A. Sprague, Petrea A. Clark Community Fund, and John & Jean Vail.

The Unity Foundation Power for Good Fund is also made up of additional unrestricted donations from multiple donors.  

In addition, funding assistance for the grants was provided by the LaPorte County Mental Health Fund; Polad Animal Care Endowment Fund; Charles Westcott Youth Fund; Kay Franklin Commemorative Fund; LaPorte County Educational Advancement Fund; Tom and Judy Ringo Fund; Kabelin Family Fund, Benz Family Fund, Tuholski & Oberlie Environment and Arts Fund; Jerry Peters Memorial Fund; and Literacy Fund for LaPorte County.

At the event, Unity President Maggi Spartz and Board Co-Chairs Michele Magnuson and Jon Gilmore announced that the foundation gave out more than $1.1 million in grants and scholarships in 2017.

The complete list of 2018 Power for Good grant awards:

A Hand Up Inc.: The Changing Room
Arts in the Park: Band Scheduling

Arts in the Park: Pre-Concert Hour Scheduling

Advancing Christ’s Kingdom Ministries-Michigan City Food Bank: ThanksGIVING Turkeys

Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City Inc.: My. Future
Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City Inc.: Project Learn
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Gary: Preventing Homelessness Through Financial Assistance
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Gary: Lifeline Utility Assistance for Families and Individuals

Citizens Concerned for the Homeless Inc.: Grace Learning Center-High School Equivalency Program
Citizens Concerned for the Homeless Inc.: Keys to Hope Community Resource Program ABC’s to Self-Sufficiency

Citizens Concerned for the Homeless Inc.: Sand Castle Shelter’s Better Parenting Through Coordinated Access
City of Michigan City Department of Parks and Recreation: Public Charcoal Receptacles
Community Food Pantry of Galena, Hudson, Kankakee & Wills Townships: Food Pantry
Dunebrook Inc.: Public Education
Dunebrook Inc.: Child Advocacy Center
Family Advocates Inc.: Child Abuse Prevention Month Community Training
Frontline Foundations Inc.: Family Support Group Program

Goodwill Industries of Michiana Inc.: Homeless Veteran Supply Supplement
Greater Michigan City Chapter of the Drifters Incorporated: STEM GEMS Club: Greater Michigan City Chapter of the Drifters Incorporated: Til Death Do you Tweet – Anti-Bullying and Social Media Program

Healthy Communities Of LaPorte County Inc.: Suicide Prevention and Education: Question, Persuade, Refer

Homeward Bound Inc.: Update Office Equipment

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry: “Meat” the Need 2018
Independent Cat Society: Let’s Fix This 3.0
Interfaith Community PADS Inc.: Men’s Nightly Shelter

Interfaith Community PADS Inc.: Women’s Nightly Shelter

Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana: Wanatah’s Future Workforce
Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana: Westville’s Future Workforce
LaPorte Area Lake Association Inc.: Lake Weed Treatment

LaPorte Circuit Court: LaPorte Circuit Court Juvenile Symposium

LaPorte Community School Corporation: Slicer Success Closet
LaPorte County Public Library: Early Literacy
LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra Inc.: Children’s Education Concert
La Porte County Habitat for Humanity: 2019 LaPorte County Habitat Build
LaPorte County Meals on Wheels: Blizzard Box Bonanza 4
LaPorte County Meals on Wheels: Meals on the MOVE

LaPorte Meals on Wheels: Restructuring Project

LaPorte Park Foundation: Clarke Park Renovation
LaSalle Council, Boy Scouts of America: Michigan City Marsh School Learning For Life
Leadership LaPorte County Inc.: High School Leadership Program
LOK Wishing Tree Foundation: Carbon Monoxide Outreach
Lubeznik Center for the Arts: Literacy Through the Arts
MCAS Hours for Ours: Hours for Ours High School Mentoring

MC Seniors Inc: Bench Replacement
Michigan City Area Schools: MCAS “Dress for Success” Fund
Michigan City Area Schools: MCAS “Future Wolves” Elementary Sports Program
Michigan City Holiday Meals

New Disciple Love Fellowship Church: Manna From Heaven

New Prairie Education Foundation: JUMPSTART – Tutoring Towards Success

New Prairie Middle School: Mentoring4Success

New Prairie United School Corporation: MAD-learn After School
Open Door Community Alliance Inc.: Open Door Community Alliance Medication Assistance Program
Open Door Community Alliance Inc.: Open Door Adolescent Health Center
Paladin Inc.: Augmentative Communication Devices

Paladin Inc.: Barker Woods Facility Updates
READ LaPorte County Inc.: Supplementary Curriculum for Literacy Students
REAL Services Inc.: Aging in Place
Reins of Life Inc.: Equine-assisted Program for Veterans

Safe Harbor Robotics Program: Beyond Coding: The Engineering Design Process
Shirley Heinze Land Trust Inc.: LaPorte County Educational Hike and Workshop Series

Soul Steppers Drill Team Inc.: The Art of Stepping For Health and Total Well Being
Southshore Skipping Stones: Newborn Baby Care Basics: Building Blocks of Knowledge, Know-how, and Support
St. Francis Ministry: Sacred Heart Food Pantry

Saint Vincent de Paul/Saint Joseph Church: Opening the (LaPorte) Door to Opportunity (Service, Volunteering, Development, Potential)

Stepping Stone Shelter for Women Inc.: Living Beyond Domestic Violence
Stepping Stone Shelter for Women Inc.: Shelter Food Assistance Program
The Community Reserve: Beds for Children

The Community Reserve: Furniture for those in need due to disasters, homelessness, foster care, etc.
The Intrepid Phoenix
The Pax Center: Fresh Produce Grant

The Pax Center: Jackson Street Garden Renovation

The Rotary Club of Michigan City: Eyeglasses for Children
The Salvation Army: Weekend Backpack Food for Kids
The Salvation Army: Pathway of Hope
The Salvation Army of Michigan City: Emergency Services

The Singing Company of LaPorte County: annual “It’s Christmas” Holiday Concert
The Social and Learning Institute for the Disadvantaged Inc.: Reins of Life Program: Equine Assisted Learning
The Social and Learning Institute for the Disadvantaged Inc.: Science & Nature Exploration

Town of LaCrosse: Hidden Pond Park Improvement Project

Trinity Episcopal Church: Trinity Food Pantry
United Way of LaPorte County: Kindergarten Countdown Camps
Washington Park Zoological Society: Safety Handrails for Visitors

We Connect: We Connect ERN Licensing
Worthy Recovery Inc. DBA Worthy Women Recovery Home: Moral Resonation Therapy (MRT) Jail Program

Worthy Recovery Inc. dba Worthy Women Recovery Home: Worthy Women Care Support
Young Audiences of Indiana Inc.: Dancing Through the Curriculum
Young Men’s Christian Association: Michigan City Mentorship Program Enhancements
Youth Service Bureau Big Brothers Big Sisters of LaPorte County Inc.: School Buddies
Youth Service Bureau Big Brother Big Sisters of LaPorte County Inc.: Kids on the Block

Unity thanked event sponsors including Horizon Bank, NIPSCO, 1st Source Bank, Edward Jones, Franciscan Health Michigan City, Meridian Title Corporation, and Swanson and Swanson Insurance, as well as the LaPorte County community and Unity donors for their ongoing support and celebration of the Power of Community in LaPorte County.

For more information, visit uflc.net and Unity Foundation of La Porte County on Facebook

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