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.

Junior Cooks

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.

Uber Independence

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

Northgate Church

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.

Hopeful Holidays

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

Organization involved

Project Summary

Project Name

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AMFB Mentors

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

Franciscan Health

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.

Field Trip!

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