Monday night, we asked residents all over Northwest Indiana on our NWIndianaLife Facebook page what nonprofit in the area they would give to if they suddenly had a thousand dollars to donate as they wished. Within a few hours, the post was flooded with users who were interested in giving a shout out to a good organization in the area, and by Thursday morning at least 80 people had commented and thousands had viewed the post.
When threads like this get a lot of attention, we like to shine a light on them and really emphasize the giving spirit that makes our Northwest Indiana community so great. Plus, it allows us to give a little attention to those working to uplift those in our community.
Child/Youth & Family Charity
“THE NICK (Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids) FOUNDATION!” said Melissa S. Topor Huffman.
“The Children's Heart Foundation,” suggested Jenn Rzab. CHF raises funds for research into congenital heart defects.
“Planting Possibilities,” said Richard Christakes. Planting Possibilities provides a nurturing environment for developmentally disabled adults to work and lead fulfilling lives, including working at a greenhouse in Lake County.
“Hannah's Hope,” suggested Heather Savka. Hannah’s Hope provides developmental equipment to kids with special needs and makes communities in Northwest Indiana more accessible.
“The Growing Piece,” said Tiffanie Rae Mcdonald. This nonprofit provides meaningful employment and skills training to individuals with autism.
“National Autism Association of Northwest Indiana,” said Joy Dieguez.
“Dunebrook,” said Kimberly Wallace of the group that offers family counseling and positive prevention as well as intervening in child abuse investigations.
Beth Sakasitz Moran suggested Jacob's Ladder which provides tools and therapy for children with special needs.
“Fair Haven! Lake county’s 24-hour rape crisis center!” said Becca Emerson, eager to support the Lake County organization that provides aid for women who have been the victims of sexual assault or violence.
Mary Burg suggested St Jude House, the family violence prevention center and shelter in Crown Point.
“Meals on Wheels!” exclaimed Merry Rucker.
“500 Turkeys,” said Stephanie Ailes-Sanders. This group provides meals for families in need on Thanksgiving.
“CPR Fund K9 Rescue,” suggested Patricia Hacker of the nonprofit that works tirelessly to reduce euthanasia of adoptable pets in the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland communities.
“Independent Cat Society,” said Diana Richie of the no-kill Westville cat shelter.
“Midwest Dachshund Rescue!” said Kim Stanley. This Highland organization has been rescuing and re-homing dachshunds in the area for almost 15 years.
“Giant Paw Prints Rescue,” said Matt Smith, suggesting the shelter for large dogs.
“Save the Dunes,” said Ryan Raymond of the nonprofit which does important work to preserve, protect and restore the Indiana Dunes and all of the natural resources in Northwest Indiana’s Lake Michigan Watershed.
Hopefully, all of these groups and more can feel the outpouring of love and support the Northwest Indiana community has for them! Though hypothetical, perhaps this will inspire giving from a few more people and provide a cornucopia of potential recipients for those looking for the right nonprofit to give to!