Community Action Awards
Just as your voice matters, what you do matters.
2018 Community Action Award Recipients
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The project aims to educate the area youth on cooking and eating healthy. The classes would be held at the ArtHouse in Gary from January 2019 thru July 2019.
Location: Arthouse, Gary
The Blind Social Center
The center would like to open an art gallery that would display five works of art for the Gary Blind Social Center. They would display works that the blind could experience. They would also like to teach and create art for people with disabilities.
Original Art for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Location: Blind Social Center
Down Syndrome Association and Northwest Indiana
“Uber Independence” aims to allow members of the Down Syndrome Association of Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland transportation accessibility in their community using Uber gift cards.
Location: Lake County-wide, based on location of member
First Christian Church of Highland
The church aims to expand their Seeds of Hope community garden and to partner with other groups. They want to establish a long-term healthy solution for food insecurity. The project would involve immediate expansion, becoming a USDA farm and providing education opportunities for farming and healthy cooking classes.
Seeds of Humanity Expansion
Location: First Christian Church of Highland
GFWC Lake Dalecarlia Woman’s Club
“The People’s Supper” would bring the community together by hosting bi-monthly pot luck dinners at the POA Community building. These dinners would aim to allow community members to be heard and listen deeply with good people, good food and good conversations.
The People’s Supper
Location: Lake Dalecarlia POA Community Building, Lowell
Griffith Police Department
The project would allow high school student to develop leadership skills by assessing the community to identify small-scale need and provide a service to meet that need.
Giving Back to Griffith
Location: Griffith High School
Lake County Parks
“Race the Park Challenge” would be a team competition where pre-teens navigate unique challenges within a park to promote teamwork and fun. Program events would start in Spring 2019 hosted at two parks, and then be incorporated into the park yearly repertoire.
Race the Park Challenge
Location: Two Lake County Park locations TBD
The project aims to focus on seniors in the community around the holiday season. This would be done by hosting a holiday party at Golden Manor Senior Apartments. Young adults would be invited to spend time with the seniors by sharing a meal and providing small gifts.
Location: Golden Manor Senior Apartments, Hammond
Northwest Indiana Coalition for Public Education (NWICPE)
“Speaking of Education” will empower Hoosiers to advocate for education. NWICPE plans to hold five conversations in 2018-2019 to discuss issues relates to the school system. Members of the Indiana School Boards Association, the Indiana Association of School Business Officials, and legislators will be invited to these conversations.
Speaking of Education
Location: Various locations across Lake County
NWI Veterans Village
According to veterans at the Village, two ways that help make Lake County communities stronger is by leading by example and by giving back. The veterans at the Village would lead a trash clean-up event targeting their neighborhoods. Youth group volunteers and other organizations would be invited to participate.
NWI Veterans Village Community Clean-Up Project
Location: 8th-11th Street Block of Massachusetts Street in Gary
2017 Community Action Award Recipients
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Youth will play the game of “LIFE” and visit stations such as banks, car dealerships, mortgage lenders and more! Additionally, parents will participate in a workshop targeting family strengthening in financial literacy.
#Adulting is Hard
City Life Center
Group of 6th – 8th grade youth will research and interview those doing good things throughout the city of Gary. Interviews will be conducted with a wide range of individuals: youth, adults, city leaders, etc. The podcast will be broadcasted via social media.
What’s Good Gary
Project will consist of planning, implementing, and evaluating a pre/post natal education event. This event will provide education as well as other incentives (diapers, wipes, gas and grocery cards, etc.) towards lifting some burdens or barriers to the root causes.
Supporting Families from Infancy to Adulthood
Gary Commission for the Social Status of Black Males (GCSSBM)
Host an event in Gary, IN where 50 young African-American women from Gary can discuss challenges they face and solutions to how they can help create policies for the Commission to present to the Gary Common Council and Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson.
Engaging Young Black Women in Gary, Indiana
Girls on the Run NWI
Match up two Spring 2017 Girls on the Run sites, in opposite parts of Lake County, and send each team on a field trip to their “Sister Site.” The girls will have a change to get to know each other, as well as be exposed to an entirely new community.
Lady’s N Charge
During Thanksgiving, pack baskets that include a full turkey meal to give to needy families. Families are chosen through social workers at schools as well as women’s shelters.
No Child Left Hungry
Miller Beach Tourism Bureau
Officially launching the Miller Beach Tourism Bureau with a photo contest, which will award cash prizes to the residents and visitors who’s photos best evoke that theme.
My Miller Beach Photo Contest
Open Hearts Therapeutic Riding Center
Purchase/build a movable stepping stone/wheelchair accessible ramp for physically and mentally handicapped children to assist in “mounting” the therapy horses.
Building up at Open Hearts Therapeutic Riding Center
School City of Hobart’s Building Brickies
Host a monthly free networking dinner to build community relationships through community service.
Connecting the Community
Steel City Academy
A student led initiative and business that will beautify the community and create safe spaces for recreational activities by allowing students to garden and landscape.
Steel City Landscape