Good Deeds Day impacts clients, bus riders

Porter County Aging and Community Services recently lent a helping hand to spread cheer and celebrate the region’s giving spirit by participating in Good Deeds Day, an international initiative to impact individuals all around the world.

PCACS hosted a toiletries drive, accepting personal care item donations for distribution to its clients and transportation service participants.

Section 8 Housing Director Valerie Martinez, who led the effort, said the agency disbursed 50 packages to its bus riders recently and also will be giving bar soap to clients in need in the future.

“We would like to give a special shout-out to donors Ashley McCracken and the Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry,” she said. “We are able to impact about 150 clients by giving them items that they need on a daily basis.”

She said the agency was also able to use funds through Amazon Smile as the non-profit is registered as a charitable organization at When community members shop through this Web site, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible purchases to PCACS.

PCACS Executive Director Bruce Lindner said the community’s response showcases how much Porter County residents strive to make a difference every day.

“We are so appreciative of our community members’ support. We are so fortunate to be part of our region where giving back is truly like second nature,” he said.

Church members tackle projects at PCACS work day

Porter County Aging and Community Services was recently on the receiving end of a community service initiative.

The Valparaiso Nazarene Church team came out to PCACS offices to help with lingering projects, including painting the back wall of our building, removing an unneeded portion of a fence, trimming some trees and reorganizing office space with the moving of a cubicle.

“We want to be a church that exists in and for the community. We simply want to be a blessing. We have a great group of people that want to make an impact and form partnerships with those who are doing so many great things for our area,” said the church’s Connections Pastor Eric Wood. “We had been connected with PCACS last year and because of all they do for the community, we wanted to continue to help by tackling some things, so they could focus on their main goal.”

PCACS Executive Director Bruce Lindner said the work day illustrates what can be accomplished when community members come together.

“It was wonderful to see church members unite to help us check these projects off our to-do list,” he said. “We are so appreciative of the church’s team members for taking the time on a Saturday to serve the community.”

Wood said getting out in the community is an important component of the church’s mission.

“It is not enough that we exist within the four walls of the church facility. We have been blessed and want to be a blessing to those who we share life within our community,” he added. “It gives us an opportunity to use the gifts, talents and abilities of our people and help connect them to different places that they may not normally have a place to interact with.” 

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Congrats Ginger!

Ginger Brockwehl has been named a Spirit Award honoree for her volunteer work with the State Health Insurance Assistance Program - housed in our offices - as well as the United Way of Porter County's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and the Gabis Arboretum at Purdue University Northwest!

"I was surprised and humbled to hear of the award," Ginger said. "What probably means
the most to me is the chance to publicize the three places where I love to volunteer. All three keep me active and engaged mentally and physically and I enjoy the camaraderie with other volunteers as well as the public we interact with."

Office Space available: 2,500 square feet, cubicles, private bathroom, kitchen area, small offices, large space, multiple points of access for public and employees and 11 parking spaces. Call 219-464-9736 if interested.

support us while shopping!

PCACS is registered as a charitable organization at 
When you shop through this Web site, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible purchases to PCACS. 

AmazonSmile is a Web site, operated by Amazon, that lets you enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features that you find on

On your first visit, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization to receive the donations. Then AmazonSmile will remember your selection and future eligible purchases you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation to PCACS. 

In order for the purchases to count, you must shop through the Smile Web site each time vs. the regular Amazon Web site.

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Thank you Nipsco!

We are so appreciative of the support that we received from NIPSCO. The company has sponsored our new TV, which will be enjoyed by our clients and utilized by our staff for training.


Chair lift available

We have received a like-new Acorn chair lift as a donation from a community member!
Do you know someone who could use this?
It would need to be picked up and installed by the recipient's family or friends.
We would be happy to accept a donation for the stair lift if the recipient wishes to do so.
It is not too heavy and will fit easily in the back of a pick-up truck.
Contact Bruce Lindner at 219-464-9736 or email for questions or if interested.

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