Unity Foundation Awards “Power for Good” Grants to Benefit La Porte County NonProfits (Post Event)


At its Annual Update Luncheon on September 13, Unity Foundation of La Porte County supported more than 80 local nonprofit projects by awarding more than $137,000 in grant funding.

The grant applications are evaluated by a committee of dedicated members from throughout La Porte County. And they are made possible due to the generosity of visionary donors who left unrestricted funds to Unity Foundation. Those community funders include the following: American Association of University Women La Porte 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, and John & Jean Vail. The Unity Foundation Power for Good Fund is made up of additional unrestricted donations from multiple donors.

In addition, funding assistance for the grants also was provided by the Kay Franklin Commemorative Fund; La Porte County Mental Health Fund; Polad Animal Care Endowment Fund; La Porte Educational Advancement Fund; and Charles Westcott Youth Fund.

At the luncheon, Unity President Maggi Spartz and Board Co-Chair Michele Magnuson shared Unity’s year in review and said that more than $1,000,000 in grants were given out in 2016.

Spartz also highlighted Unity’s upcoming 25th Anniversary Gala scheduled for October 7 and explained La Porte County GIVES – an online giving event.  Unity is providing $25,000 in prizes for this fundraising competition and, at the luncheon, Spartz announced that $100,000 in match dollars had just been secured!  More details are available at www.uflc.net and www.laportecountygives.net.

The complete list of 2017 Power for Good grant awards includes the following:

A Hand Up Inc.: The Changing Room $1,900
Arise & Shine Breakfast Ministry’s, Inc.: Power for Good/Feeding Our Community $950
Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City, Inc.: My. Future $1,550
Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City, Inc.: Project Learn $1,900
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Gary: Preventing Homelessness Through Financial Assistance $1,700
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Gary: Self-Sufficiency Workshop $1,800
Citizens Concerned for the Homeless, LLC.: Sand Castle Shelter’s Better Parenting Through Coordinated Access $1,150
Citizens Concerned for the Homeless, LLC.: Keys to Hope Community Resource Program ABC’s to Self Sufficiency $950
City of Michigan City Department of Parks and Recreation: Restoration Work Trailer & Chemical Storage Locker $1,150
Community Food Pantry of Galena, Hudson, Kankakee & Wills Townships: Food Pantry $3,000
Dunebrook, Inc.: Public Education $1,650
Dunebrook, Inc.: Family Depot $1,500
Duneland Beach Association: Dune Restoration $950
Family Advocates, Inc.: Child Abuse Prevention Month Community Training $800
Friends of Barker Civic Center: Barker Mansion Stair Lift $1,500
Frontline Foundations, Inc.: Art Recovery La Porte $1,100
Greater Michigan City Chapter of the Drifters Incorporated: High School Senior College Readiness and Scholarship Workshops $950
Housing Opportunities, Inc.: Therapy Works Counseling for Co-occurring Disorders $1,350
Independent Cat Society: Let’s Fix This 2.0 $1,700
Indiana Black Expo, Inc., Michigan City Chapter: City-Wide Back to School Rally $1,950
Interfaith Community PADS, Inc.: Men & Women’s Pads Programs $3,000
Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana: Teaching La Porte’s Future Workforce $1,750
Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana: Building a Financial Foundation for La Porte County $1,750
La Porte Area Lake Association Inc.: Lake Weed Treatment $3,000
La Porte County Public Library: Lendable STEAM Kits $2,150
La Porte County Symphony Orchestra, Inc.: Children’s Education Concert $3,000
Lake Hills STEM Magnet School: The Importance of Computer Science Education $1,500
La Porte County Habitat for Humanity: 2018 La Porte County Habitat Build $1,550
La Porte County Meals on Wheels: Blizzard Box Bonanza 3 $1,500
La Porte County Meals on Wheels: HOT HOT HOT, COLD COLD COLD $1,700
LaSalle Council, Boy Scouts of America: La Porte County Exploring Program $1,000
Leadership La Porte County, Inc.: High School Leadership Program $2,000
LOK Wishing Tree Foundation: Carbon Monoxide Safety & Awareness $1,500
Lubeznik Center for the Arts: LCA Teen Arts Council $500
MCAS Hours for Ours: Hours for Ours High School Mentoring $1,978
Michigan City Area Schools: MCAS “Dress for Success” Fund $1,700
Michigan City Area Schools: MCAS “Future Wolves” Elementary Sports Program $1,350
Michigan City Holiday Meals $1,000
North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc.: The Benefits of Active Learning $600
North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc.: Children Vision Screening $1,450
Open Door Community Alliance, Inc.: Open Door Community Alliance Medication Assistance Program $2,504
Open Door Community Alliance, Inc.: Open Door Adolescent Health Center (ODAHC)/Student Success Team – Problem Behavior Intervention $3,000
Paladin, Inc.: Enrichment Programming $1,650
READ La Porte County, Inc.: Tutoring at the Community Corrections Center $2,600
REAL Services, Inc.: Education and Resource Fair for Dementia Caregivers $1,500
Rebuilding Together La Porte County: Rebuilding Together $2,000
Reins of Life, Inc.: La Porte County School Program for Emotional Disabilities Classes $1,050
Reins of Life, Inc.: Raise the Roof $1,800
Samaritan Counseling Centers, Inc.: Grant Writing Training $900
Samaritan Counseling Centers, Inc.: Prescription Drug CEU Training $1,300
Save The Dunes Conservation Fund, Inc.: Save the Dunes Strategic Plan Development for 2018-2022 $1,900
Shirley Heinze Land Trust, Inc.: Nature Preserve Trails Improvement Project $1,150
Southshore Skipping Stones: Newborn Baby Care Basics: Building Blocks of Knowledge, Know-how, and Support $1,000
St. Francis Ministry: Sacred Heart Food Pantry $3,000
St. Luke United Lutheran Church: Katie Luther’s Mission Garden $1,350
Stepping Stone Shelter for Women, Inc.: Youth Empowerment $1,150
Stepping Stone Shelter for Women, Inc.: Shelter Food Assistance Program $3,000
The Child Care Consortium DBA Imagination Station: STEM+Family $500
The Child Care Consortium, Inc.: STEM+Family $1,550
The Community Reserve $1,350
The Intrepid Phoenix $800
The Pax Center: Jackson Street Garden Club 2018 $1,200
The Pax Center: Good Food, Better Food 2018 $2,100
The Salvation Army: Backpack Food for Kids $3,000
The Salvation Army of La Porte: Pathway of Hope $1,350
The Salvation Army of Michigan City: Men’s Homeless Shelter Program $3,000
The Salvation Army of Michigan City: School Uniform Exchange $1,300
The Social and Learning Institute for the Disadvantaged, Inc.: Music Therapy for Adults with Special Needs $600
The Social and Learning Institute for the Disadvantaged, Inc.: Science & Nature Exploration for Adults with Special Needs $1,050
Trinity Episcopal Church: Trinity Community Food Pantry $3,000
United Way of La Porte County: Kindergarten Countdown Camps $1,800
United Way of La Porte County: Student United Way $500
Urban League of Northwest Indiana: Project Ready $2,500
Washington Park Zoo: Green Team Project $2,360
Washington Park Zoological Society: Tiger Exhibit Rock Work Repairs $1,900
Worthy Recovery Inc. DBA Worthy Women Recovery Home: Moral Resonation Therapy (MRT) Jail Program $3,000
Young Audiences of Indiana, Inc.: Dance, Writing and the Indiana Dunes $1,300
Young Mens Christian Association: Robotics Equipment for School Age Childcare Sites $1,350
Young Mens Christian Association: Michigan City Mentorship Program $1,750
Youth Service Bureau Big Brothers Big Sisters of La Porte County, Inc.: School Buddies $2,200
Youth Service Bureau Big Brother Big Sisters of La Porte County, Inc.: Kids on the Block $3,000

Unity thanked the community and donors for their ongoing support and celebration of the Power of Community in La Porte County.