Nineteen nonprofits will share in nearly $220,000 from the Merrillville-based Legacy Foundation Inc. Recipients include Calumet College of St. Joseph, the Dunes Dog Training Club for the Pets N Vets program and the YWCA of Northwest Indiana. May 8, 2015

News Release

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. – Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s community foundation, announces it will award $219,479 to nineteen not-for-profit agencies providing services to Lake County, Ind. residents.

The Foundation accepted applications to its Lake County Community Fund for programs supporting arts and culture, education, environment and animal welfare, health and human services, and general operating requests. Thirty-five organizations applied for more than $613,000 in funding.

The Legacy Foundation Grants Committee met in March to review submitted applications to the Lake County Community Fund and the Board of Directors approved the spring grant awards at its last meeting.

The following organizations were awarded Transform Lake County grants from the Lake County Community Fund:

-Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago to provide a Neighborhood Based Mentoring Program in Hammond for 3rd through 6th grade students

-Calumet College of St. Joseph to expand support programs that will help students meet the new minimum standards required for state financial assistance

-Catholic Charities Diocese of Gary for the construction of wheelchair ramps or home safety repairs for low income elderly and/or disabled Lake County residents

-Chicagoland Immigrant Welcome Network to provide immigration related legal services to Northwest Indiana immigrants and refugees

-Dunes Dog Training Club for the Pets N Vets program that helps U.S. military veterans better their lives, become more independent and calm anxieties through canine companionship

-Food Bank of Northwest Indiana to sustain the School Food Rescue program that recycles food from schools and donates it to homeless shelters and soup kitchens

-Franciscan Alliance Foundation to support its expanding guardianship program Volunteer Advocates for Seniors and Incapacitated Adults

-Gary Neighborhood Services for sponsorship of COFFY’s 7th annual Youth Violence Prevention Conference to reduce violent crimes

-Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana to purchase a Habitat ReStore Box Truck

-Highland Community Foundation for a public art sculpture

-Humane Society Calumet Area to reduce the population of stray animals through spay/neuter services

-Indiana Ballet Theatre NW to train IBT teaching faculty to advance students for professional careers through Revolutionary Principles of Movement

-Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana to support the Meal Subsidy Program available to senior clients who are unable to pay for meals and don’t qualify for federal assistance

-Northwest Indiana Veterans Action Council to increase quality and awareness of resources for veterans available through NWIVAC

-Planting Possibilities in support of a horticultural education program for cognitively disabled youth that will promote employment skills

-Purdue University Calumet for STEM Materials Camp for Teachers to provide teachers with a range of experiments and materials that can be used in their classrooms

-Save the Dunes to provide an Indiana Dunes Protection Guide to help residents identify and control invasive species and replace them with native plants

-Tri-Creek Household Pantry to provide personal hygiene and household cleaning products to Tri-Creek area families who need assistance

-YWCA of Northwest Indiana YWCA will teach children to swim through the Yes We Can Learn to Swim Program

The Lake County Community Fund at Legacy Foundation accepts applications to the Transform Lake County grant three times per year. The next deadline to submit will be July 1, 2015. Applications will open on June 1, 2015. For more information visit

About Legacy Foundation

Legacy Foundation is a community foundation and the leading philanthropic partner serving Lake County, Indiana since 1992. Today, it manages nearly 300 individual donors' funds representing over $50 million in assets. Legacy Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization operating under the leadership of a volunteer board of directors. The board represents a diverse spectrum of the business, education, nonprofit and public sectors throughout Lake County.

Source: Legacy Foundation Inc.

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