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Need Help This Tax Season? VITA Program Through United Way of Porter County Offers Services For Those in Need


If you are in need this tax season, the IRS's VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program is available for free to tax payers who meet a number of qualifications, which includes having an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $54,000 or less.

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Franciscan Health Crown Point: Bowling for Charity Dollars Benefits the Needy

Franciscan-Health-Crown-Point-Bowling-for-Charity-Dollars-Benefits-the-NeedySome 150 bowlers raised nearly $14,000 recently at Stardust Bowl in Merrillville for the Franciscan Health St. Clare Health Clinic in Crown Point and the Franciscan Health Patient Assistance Fund. Shown, from left, are Sisters Aline Shultz, Marlene Shapley and Mary Joseph Watkins; and Rick Peltier, executive director of the Franciscan Health Foundation.

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Home Builders Association Selects Habitat for Humanity as Their Charity of Choice

Home-Builders-Association-Selects-Habitat-for-Humanity-as-Their-Charity-of-ChoiceThe Home Builders Association of Northwest Indiana raised $11,545 for Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana at their annual gala. The charitable contribution will be used towards the construction of several homes slated for builds in 2018.

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ArcelorMittal Employee Donates Kidney to Co-Worker


Jason Reyes’ kidneys had failed him. He endured four-hour long dialysis treatments three times each week. He was on the waiting list for a kidney with an average wait time of eight years.

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Heroes Unsung: 1st Source Presents Donation to Stepping Stone Women’s Shelter

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There are real heroes in this world. Most are unsung, and unnoticed. Helping out when and where they can, for no other reason than because they can and feel compelled to.

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91 Years in the Community: Happy Birthday, Ed Gottschling!

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The Portage Exchange Club celebrated a pillar of the community recently. In honor of his 91st birthday and all that he has contributed to the city of Portage, Mary Jo Bryan, President of PEC, put together a dinner party for friends, family, and current and past city officials to get together in recognition of Portage resident, Ed Gottschling.

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Candace's Region Rotary Round-Up: Portage

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Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. Over the years, Rotarians have taken on global causes ranging from literacy and peace to water and health.

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Munster Physician Honors Mother’s Legacy With Breast Cancer Care Donation


Board Certified Plastic Surgeon David Robinson, MD, and his practice, Indiana Plastic Surgery, have made a $2,500 donation to the Women’s Diagnostic Center of Community Hospital. This contribution will benefit the Breast Cancer Awareness Fund, helping local uninsured women to receive diagnostic breast imaging.

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In Commitment to La Porte Community, 1st Source Bank Presents $5,000 Check to United Way of LaPorte County


“It’s tax season!”

That was what United Way of LaPorte County’s Director of Corporate Engagement David Sisk exclaimed when 1st Source Bank presented a $5,000 check to the United Way Wednesday morning.

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Franciscan Health Hammond: Bowling Fund-raiser a Striking Success

Franciscan-Health-Hammond-Bowling-Fund-raiser-a-Striking-Success-2018The fourth annual Catherine McAuley Clinic, “Rollin’ for a Reason” bowling fundraiser was a striking success. Some 211 bowlers of all skill levels, including Franciscan Health Sisters (from left) Aline Shultz, Marlene Shapley and Mary Joseph Watkins, took to the lanes at the Stardust Bowl III in Dyer Jan. 13 to knock down some pins, while also helping to knock down barriers to health care for the uninsured and underinsured who rely on the clinic for their medical needs. Organized by Art Branco, MD, a longtime clinic board member, and staffed by his family and other volunteers, the event raised $25,930 to support work being done at the clinic.

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Banga Realty Celebrates Prosperous First Year by Giving Back to the Community

BangaOne week before Christmas, a little boy in the community wrote a letter to Santa explaining that he had just heartbreakingly lost his father. When Santa traveled to deliver his letter of response to the boy in person, he brought that and a Power Wheel ride-on toy car in his sleigh, or in this case, roughly 15 police vehicles running their sirens. Before his mother could make her son put shoes on, the boy was already riding the Power Wheel around the block.

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