Horizon Bank donates $10,000 within days of UF’s appeal to raise funds for COVID-19 relief

Just last week, LaPorte County’s local United Way launched a COVID-19 Relief Fund to raise financial resources to support the immediate and emerging needs of individuals in LaPorte County.

“Soon after putting out the call to action asking everyone to share whatever they could to help neighbors in need through the relief fund, Horizon Bank stepped up to the plate in a big way with a check for $10,000 to get the ball rolling,” said Kris Pate, executive director of United Way of LaPorte County.

“United Way of LaPorte County extends its deepest gratitude to its long-time friend and partner, Horizon Bank, for its generous donation to the COVID-19 Relief Fund.”

Craig Dwight
Horizon chairman and CEO

Craig Dwight, Horizon chairman and CEO, voiced his support for the project: “Supporting The United Way during this critical time is imperative. This relief fund will help ease some of the difficulties our local families are facing. Horizon’s investment in the well-being of our communities is currently one of our highest priorities, and we know United Way’s efforts will help provide a better tomorrow by keeping our communities strong and healthy during this time.”

Pate said United Way is fortunate to “have partners like Horizon Bank and the many others who care so deeply about the quality of life in LaPorte County. We want to assure the community that 100% of the gifts to the relief fund will go directly to vetted not-for-profits who are serving our individuals and families during this crisis.”

Pate pointed out that “many people have lost their income and are unable to pay their bills or purchase basic necessities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.” She said relief funds will target four COVID-19 priority categories, including food, medical, housing and childcare needs.

Kris Pate
United Way executive director

An application portal will be open within the next few days for requests from local organizations.

To access the portal, send an email request to info@unitedwaylpc.org for a link and passcode.

“Right now, we are calling on our community and our corporate partners to come together and support struggling individuals and families. This pandemic is a health crisis, but it is an economic crisis as well and, with your help, we intend to be here to support those being affected,” said Pate.

To contribute to the United Way of LaPorte County COVID-19 Relief Fund, please visit www.unitedwaylpc/relief or contact United Way at info@unitedwaylpc.org.

For people experiencing hardship and employers who want to offer an immediate resource to their employees, you can dial 211 or visit the 211 website that covers LaPorte County residents at https://in211.communityos.org/ to learn what services are available.

For questions about this relief effort, contact Pate at info@unitedwaylpc.org.

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