United Way of Porter County
Commission AmeriCorps State FY 2011
United Way of Porter County's mission is "to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community." This AmeriCorps proposal is a concrete example of United Way fulfilling its mission, by bringing together a partnership of organizations from the nonprofit, education, workforce development, and faith-based communities. These organizations have created a system of care through the interventions of AmeriCorps members, whose efforts have improved lives and have a significant and lasting impact in our community. United Way of Porter County is the intermediary organization and the fiscal and administrative agent for this grant. The participating organizations include: Valparaiso Community Schools, Portage Township Schools, Housing Opportunities, Center For Workforce Innovation, United Way of Porter County, Lake Area United Way, Lake County Sheriff's Department, Urban League, Gary Housing, Mental Health America, and Healthlinc. The Porter County AmeriCorps Partnership program mobilizes and increases the number of volunteers, especially baby boomers, in faith-based, education, and community organizations. AmeriCorps Members ensure a brighter future for Porter County youth, concentrating on at risk students from disadvantaged circumstances, through tutoring and service-learning. Encore AmeriCorps Members provide career counseling for secondary students in seven counties in Indiana. Additionally, AmeriCorps Members serve to find housing for those who are homeless, help individuals and families become self-sufficient through career and financial counseling, recruit and train volunteers, and provide disaster relief whenever needed.