The Porter County Community Foundation will join more than 700 community foundations across America in celebrating Community Foundation Week, November 12-18, and the 25th anniversary of National Philanthropy Day on November 15.
“The national recognition helps us raise awareness about the extraordinary impact nonprofit organizations make in each of our communities and the people who support their work,” said Barb Young, President of the Porter County Community Foundation.
In the United States alone, there are more than one million charitable organizations serving our communities and Americans give more than $300 billion annually to support their favorite causes. “We are proud of the role that the Porter County Community Foundation plays in facilitating this giving and in helping people make an impact right here in Porter County,” said Young.
The Foundation works to enhance the quality of life in Porter County by providing funds through grants. “We are thrilled to have recently awarded more than $77,000 in our second round of 2010 Community Grants,” added Young. “The grants provided funds to ten nonprofit organizations for essential programs and services.”
The recipients of the latest 2010 Community Grants were: College Mentors for Kids, Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Hilltop Neighborhood House, Dunes Learning Center, Morgan Township Volunteer Fire Department, Portage Community Theatre, Portage Resale Shop, Portage Township YMCA, Porter County Aging & Community Services, and Rebuilding Together-Hebron.
“Our community is fortunate to have so many generous people who donate to the Porter County Community Foundation as a way to support charities that mean the most to them,” said Young. “We can’t thank them enough for partnering with the Foundation to build a stronger community for all.”
In 2009, the Porter County Community Foundation invested over $1.4 million dollars back into local efforts in the form of grants. The grants have provided emergency assistance funds, supported mentoring programs for at-risk kids, purchased building supplies for projects to repair the homes of the elderly, funded substance abuse programming and more. “With these grants we are making a difference in people’s lives today,” said Young.
The Porter County Community Foundation leads, unites and supports giving to make a difference in Porter County today, tomorrow and forever. The public is invited to learn more about the Porter County Community Foundation through a Foundation Hour tour. Interested persons can call the Foundation office at 219-465-0294 or go online at www.portercountyfoundation.org for a schedule of tour dates.