Local Orgs

Valparaiso hosts over four hundred public local nonprofit organizations that are volunteer based. This list includes any organization that provides support or enrichment to the Valparaiso community. Unfortunately the many amazing community run organizations that do not serve the general population are not included in this list.

(To quickly find a category use “Search” function to the right.)

Categories of Local Organizations serving Valparaiso

-Art for Volunteer Group

-Children, Teen & Women

-Shelter & Elder Care

-Environmental & Local Resources

-Faith Based Service

-Medical & Emergency Training

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Categories of Local Organizations serving Valparaiso

Art for Volunteer Group

Around the Table

If you live in Northwest Indiana, you can find a multitude of things to do to spend quality family time with your children.

Art Barn: goal to run an art center where people can grow creatively is working.

Hospice Knit lap blankets

We would like to have a supply of smaller handmade lap blankets for our hospice patients. What a blessing to provide a specially made gift for someone who can benefit from the care and support of a comforting blanket at this time.

Children, Teen & Women

A Positive Approach to Teen Health (PATH, Inc.)

PATH offers classroom presentation, parenting classes, conferences, and community wide events.

Alice’s Halfway House For Women

Alice’s offers a safe house free from drugs and alcohol, 24-hour supervision and screened guests.

Baptist Children’s Home

Providing loving Christian homes for children in need in the United States and around the world.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

As the area’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”).

Boy Scouts of America, Porter County

The programs of the Boy Scouts of America serve young people by enabling them to develop healthy habits and make positive choices.

Boys & Girls clubs of Northwest Indiana

Boys & Girls Clubs is a guidance-based organization for youth ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade.

Caring Place, Inc.

The Caring Place provides services and shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their dependent children from Porter, Lake and Starke counties.

CASA: Special Appointed Special Advocates

CASA is a national program with state and local member programs.  In Porter County CASA is one of the programs of the Family & Youth Services Bureau.

Chasing Dreams

Chasing Dreams, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit.  Our mission is to provide integrated and vital programs for individuals with special needs and their families, that facilitate an environment of growth, learning, and independence.

Chesterton Adult Learning Center/ CWI Learning

The Chesterton Adult Learning Center offers a program which gives students an individualized skills review approach. This program is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the HSE Test by providing concentrated and focused instruction.

Chicago Street Theatre

Chicago Street Theatre is celebrating its 63rd season of producing first-class live theatre for Valparaiso and the greater Northwest Indiana region.

Compass International Family Center

Compass warmly welcomes immigrants, refugees, students, and visiting international neighbors into our community of Valparaiso and community of learning.

Every Child Missionary

Thousands of children are affected by albinism in Uganda, and almost all of them struggle to survive and thrive, facing significant, even life-threatening discrimination at times.

Family & Youth Services Bureau

The Family & Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) works with children, adolescents and families who need a little extra support (regular kids and families), youth whose delinquent behavior has brought them to the attention of Juvenile Court, and abused or neglected children.

Family House

Family House provides Supervised Visits and Custody Transfers/Exchanges.

Family Promise

Family Promise is a National, Non-profit organization that serves low income children and their families in need; who are not in permanent housing. Family Promise has been in operation for 30 years.

Family And Youth Services Bureau 

The Mission of the Family & Youth Services Bureau is to assist youth and families through supportive services that create a positive change for Porter County.

Girl Scouts Of Greater Chicago And Northwest Indiana

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana serves more than 84,00 girl members, from the metropolitan Chicago area and the Indiana counties of Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper.

Junior Achievement of Chicago, Northwest Indiana Division

We give young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices.

Kids Alive

Kids Alive International is committed to providing physical and spiritual care for orphaned and abandoned children around the world.

Learning by Giving Foundation

We’re a group of passionate and innovative problem-solvers that want to educate the next generation of philanthropists and distribute capital to local communities in need.

Library, Valparaiso Branch

It’s because of your support, we’re able to provide library materials like books, movies, ebooks, emagazines, and the latest in technology.

Make-a-wish

Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish® vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.

March of Dimes

Join family teams, company teams and people walking with friends for a great cause: making a difference for real families right here in our community.

MCAS Safe Harbor

Safe Harbor provides high quality enrichment programming and with dedicated academic support toMCAS elementary, middle, and high school students between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00 pm.

Merrillville High STAND Club

Some of our activities include community walks, MLK Brunch and Workshops, anti-bullying activities, and our annual Winter Wonderfest Pen Pal Mentorship program.

Neighbors’ Educational Opportunities

Neighbors’ New Vistas High School (NNVHS) is a tuition free high school that is open to any high school student who is an Indiana resident.

New Creation Business Advocates

Men’s Center Empowering. Equipping. Rebuilding.

Our Greater Good

Our initiatives effectively engage small community neighborhoods, school administration, teacher, parents and children by advocating and nurturing.

Porter County Education Services

Porter County Education Services provides special education services to more than 4,000 students from ages 3 through 21 throughout Porter County.

South Shore Leadership Center

Our Mission is to engage skilled and collaborative leaders who stimulate vibrant communities. Also, to inform and involve leaders who are committed to advancing the quality of place in the seven counties of Northwest Indiana.

Union Township School Corporation

Our purpose as an exemplary school system is to reveal and nurture the academic excellence in each child, yet we also believe it to be of great importance to reinforce the character that will help them grow to be successful citizens.

United for Children

United for Children is a collaborative partnership between Lake Area United Way, United Way of Porter County and United Way of LaPorte County.

United Way of Porter County

United Way of Porter County is home to the AmeriCorps program, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Lake, LaPorte and Starke Counties, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Young Leaders United young professionals group, and the Power of Youth high school council.

Urban League Of Northwest Indiana, Inc.

The Urban League of Northwest Indiana promotes services in the areas of Education, Economic Empowerment, Health & Wellness, Civic Leadership and Civil Rights & Social Justice for all people.

Valparaiso Adult Learning Center

The Valparaiso Adult Learning Center offers a program which gives students an individualized skills review approach.

Valparaiso Community Schools

Valparaiso Community Schools educates and inspires its 6200 students through a dedicated partnership with the parents and city of Valparaiso.

Valparaiso International Center

The VIC serves as a forum to learn about different cultures through interactive events, festivals, classes and discussion groups.

Valpo Schools Foundation

Working to enhance excellence in education and encourage innovation within Valparaiso Community Schools.

Women in Bloom Inc.

Our vision is of a time when women can realize their full potential personally and professionally, and their full and equal place in society, in order to bloom into self-sufficient and confident women.

Youth for Understanding USA

As a YFU volunteer, you not only help change the lives of students, but you can help change the world.

YMCA

We’re here to strengthen our community. With a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive.

4-H, through Perdue Agriculture

Topics include on-farm fresh produce food safety, regenerative farming with livestock and agroforestry, farm viability and financial management, and a four season farm tour.

4-H

4‑H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System. The Cooperative Extension System, comprised of land-grant universities and local county offices, supports 4‑H programming in rural and urban areas across the nation.

Shelter & Elder Care

Gabriel’s Horn Corporation

This is an emergency non-profit shelter whose purpose is to assist Porter County homeless residents obtain stable housing

Habitat For Humanity Of Northwest Indiana

Habitat addresses the local housing needs in Lake County, Indiana. Families receive the benefits of home ownership, stability, security, a sense of dignity and pride, and improved control over financial circumstances.

Hilltop Neighborhood House

Hilltop’s early childhood education program provides full-time, year-round care and education to children ages 6 weeks through 5 years.

Housing Opportunities, Inc

Our Services Include:  TEMPORARY HOUSING PROGRAM-short-term relief for homeless residents of Porter and LaPorte counties.   PERMANENT HOUSING PROGRAM- provides affordable housing to low-income families with a diagnosed disability.

Keys to Hope Resource Center

Keys to Hope Resource Center aims to bridge the existing resources utilized by the homeless and disenfranchised population in our community.

Meals On Wheels Of Northwest Indiana, Inc.

Meals on Wheels (MOW) provides home-delivered meals to elderly, ill and disabled clients throughout Lake County.

Pines Village

At Pines Village, we celebrate life and specialize in active aging. Residents choose from maintenance-free independent living homes or comfortable apartment living with on-site dining options.

Porter County Aging & Community Services, Inc.

For over 50 years, PCACS has been serving as the safety net for those most in need in Porter County.

Valparaiso Men’s Overnight Shelter

We provide a warm and friendly environment where men can relax out of the elements.

Environmental & Local Resources

Alliance for the Great Lakes

We involve tens of thousands of people each year in advocacy, volunteering, education, and research to ensure the lakes are healthy and safe for all.

Barker Mansion

In addition to offer guided tours and special events, we host weddings, showers, parties, and more.

Bethesda Thrift Store

Bethesda Thrift Shops generate revenue for Bethesda Lutheran Communities, a national provider of person-centered, community-based supports and services for thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Cause 4Paws Gary, Inc

Cause 4Paws Gary is a 501c3 non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for pets and their guardians in under-served communities to reduce pet over-population, keeping the family pet in the home and building dog parks to strengthen the animal human-bond.

Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy

The Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy owns a spectacular the 157-acre Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve at the heart of Coffee Creek Center in Chesterton, Indiana.

Dunes Arts Foundation

The Dunes Arts Foundation, Inc., which sponsors the Dunes Summer Theatre and The Dunes Youth Programs, was incorporated in the State of Indiana on January 17th, 1952.

Dunes Learning Center

Providing year-round environmental literacy and service learning programs for all ages in partnership with Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Exceptional Equestrians Unlimited

Exceptional Equestrians Unlimited mission is to provide educational and therapeutic horseback riding activities to those with special needs for an improved quality of life utilizing professional instructors and trained volunteers in a safe and secure environment.

Friendship Botanic Gardens

Welcome to Friendship Botanic Gardens, where forested woodlands, sprawling open spaces, and cultivated gardens spill over 100 acres of land that have been a tourist destination since 1936.

Grain of Rice Project

We love having volunteers to work side by side with the Kenyan GORP staff, the artisans, and the children in GORP Kids Program in Nairobi, Kenya.

Indiana Dunes State Park

Indiana Dunes State Park consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic and unique Hoosier landscape.

Keep Valparaiso Beautiful

What is Keep Valparaiso Beautiful? We are a volunteer-based effort, led by the City of Valparaiso, designed to demonstrate our pride in Valparaiso.

Lakeshore PAWS

Our vision is to create a culture of compassion and partnership in Northwest Indiana that will one day assure that every pet born has a stable home and care throughout its natural life.

Memorial Opera House

The Memorial Opera House is a venue that caters to all needs and events including live theater performances, concerts, weddings, meetings, comedy acts and much more!

National Park Service-Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

In 1966 the United States Congress determined that the natural and cultural features of Northwest Indiana had national significance and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was created.

Nature Abounds

Nature Abounds™, a national 501c3 non-profit organization, encourages you to Unplug from the societal “norms”, Wake Up to the natural world around you, and to Take Action for a healthier environment.

Northern Indiana Historical Power Association

Our main event is the Annual Fall Harvest Festival and Antique Equipment Show, scheduled for this coming September 22-24 2017.

Project Neighbors

Project Neighbors continues to support and applaud them as they grow and help improve our community through their individual mission.

Porter County Indiana Parks

Parks and recreation department

Porter County Museum

The Porter County Museum–also known as the PoCo Muse–is a small, yet dynamic institution that aims to share the stories of Porter County and its people.

Porter County Parks & Recreation

Porter County Parks and Recreation is committed to delivering youth, adult and school programs to the residents of Porter County, while also providing a gateway into the natural beauty of our area through its unique parks and trails.

Shirley Heinze Land Trust

Shirley Heinze Land Trust is a vibrant partnership of volunteers, donors, professionals, business and industry, working together to protect the amazing natural places we have in northwestern Indiana.

Taltree

We cultivate the hearts and minds of our community through: Presentation of an extensive collection of trees and other plants that are native to the South Lake Michigan Region and other similar regions of the world.

Valpo Parks

Valpo Parks has been working to develop a healthy park system and create recreation opportunities within our community.

Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Porterco Conservation Trust, Inc., supported by the Porter County Parks Foundation, Inc., both 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations, is taking this wetland, and former garbage dump, under our wing.

Union Volunteer Fire Department

Have you ever wanted to volunteer in your community? From saving someone trapped in a structure fire to cutting a victim out of a wrecked vehicle to rappelling off a building to rescue someone in danger, Union Fire-Rescue has a position for you.

Pact

As an innovative leader in best-practice solutions for community-based criminal justice.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program – Porter County

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.

Voter Registration/Elections

Staff Directory Voter Registration / Elections

Faith Based Service

First Contact Inc.

First Contact, Inc. a not-for-profit interdenominational resource and referral ministry, which endeavors in the name of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit to assist Porter County residents in need.

New Hope Church of God

We have a food pantry twice a month as well as various community events to give back what God has given us.

Salvation Army of Porter County

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church.

Medical & Emergency Training

Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter

To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.

American Red Cross Of Northwest Indiana

The mission of the American Red Cross of Northwest Indiana is to prevent, prepare for, and provide relief for local emergencies and disasters.

Calumet Region Striders

The Calumet Region Striders is a group of people joined together by a common interest in running.

Food Bank Of Northwest Indiana

The Food Bank of NWI acquires, stores and distributes nearly 4.5 million meals annually through the 100+ partner agencies, including soup kitchens and food pantries, as well as hunger relief programs like Pantry on the Go, BackPack and Summer Feeding.

HealthLinc

HealthLinc services include primary and preventive care services; health and wellness education; chronic disease management; prenatal care; women’s health services; men’s health services; wellness checks and immunizations; services to treat depression, anxiety, and many other behavioral health conditions and disorders; comprehensive dental services; pharmacy services and optometry services.

Indiana State Department Of Health

In the event of a local, large-scale emergency, community volunteers and medical professionals like YOU are critical to saving lives.

Jacob’s Ladder Pediatric Rehab center

Our physical therapy services focus on maximizing a child’s functional independence in the home and community.

Lady Viking Soccer Futbol Club

Lady Viking Soccer FC is a recreational league committed to the goal of providing girls in grades 1 through 12 an equal opportunity to participate in, learn about, and enjoy the game of soccer.

Mental Health America Of Porter County, Inc.

In 1953 a small group of caring community members, with a budget of $259, formed the Mental Health America of Porter County, Inc.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is to eliminate drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, serve the victims of these crimes and prevent underage drinking.

Moraine House

Moraine House was originally founded in 1976 in Valparaiso, Indiana as a halfway house for recovering alcoholics

Muscular Dystrophy Association

The Northern Indiana Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association serves thirty-two counties.

Nazareth Home

Nazareth Home is a 24-hour per day foster home for medically compromised babies and children from birth to age six.

Porter County Emergency Management Agency

When disaster strikes, the community is clearly divided into only two entities; those who need help and those who can provide help.

Porter-Starke Services

A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community health center with offices in Valparaiso, Portage and Knox, Porter-Starke Services is a licensed community mental health center through the Indiana Division of Mental Health & Addictions and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.

Providence Hospice

Providence Life Services provides a range of senior living services in Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.

Recovery Connection

United Way Regional Volunteer Center

Reins of Life, Inc. Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Our mission is to improve quality of life for children and adults with disabilities through equine assisted-activities.

Respite House

Respite House is located at 1408 Chicago Street, Valparaiso, Indiana.

Southern Care Hospice

Hospice Volunteers will be offer social and companionship to our patients and families during the end of life transition.

St. Agnes Adult Day Service Center

St. Agnes Adult Day Center opened in 1997. We are a not-for-profit, non-denominational facility serving adults who require health care monitoring and socialization.

Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County

The Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County is a not-for-profit home health care agency established in 1970.

Women’s Recovery Home- Porter Starke Services

A residential program that connects women living with addiction to the programs, services and treatment that support their recovery.

Worthy Recovery

Christian home that provides recently incarcerated women with re-entry programs and the tools necessary to reduce recidivism rates, substance abuse and addictions.

Opportunity Enterprises, Inc.

Opportunity Enterprises, Inc. is a growing, dynamic organization providing a wide range of human services to benefit the clients with developmental disabilities that we serve.

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ALPHABETICAL LIST OF LOCAL ORGS

A Positive Approach to Teen Health (PATH, Inc.)

PATH offers classroom presentation, parenting classes, conferences, and community wide events.

Alice’s Halfway House For Women

Alice’s offers a safe house free from drugs and alcohol, 24-hour supervision and screened guests.

Alliance for the Great Lakes

We involve tens of thousands of people each year in advocacy, volunteering, education, and research to ensure the lakes are healthy and safe for all.

Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter

To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.

American Red Cross Of Northwest Indiana

The mission of the American Red Cross of Northwest Indiana is to prevent, prepare for, and provide relief for local emergencies and disasters.

Around the Table

If you live in Northwest Indiana, you can find a multitude of things to do to spend quality family time with your children.

Art Barn School of Art, Inc

Located in a restored country barn on 69 acres of pastoral land, the Art Barn School of Art is a not-for-profit organization that was established in 1977.

Baptist Children’s Home

Providing loving Christian homes for children in need in the United States and around the world.

Barker Mansion

In addition to offer guided tours and special events, we host weddings, showers, parties, and more.

Bethesda Thrift Store

Bethesda Thrift Shops generate revenue for Bethesda Lutheran Communities, a national provider of person-centered, community-based supports and services for thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

As the area’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”).

Boy Scouts of America, Porter County

The programs of the Boy Scouts of America serve young people by enabling them to develop healthy habits and make positive choices.

Boys & Girls clubs of Northwest Indiana

Boys & Girls Clubs is a guidance-based organization for youth ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade.

Calumet Region Striders

The Calumet Region Striders is a group of people joined together by a common interest in running.

Caring Place, Inc.

The Caring Place provides services and shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their dependent children from Porter, Lake and Starke counties.

CASA: Special Appointed Special Advocates

CASA is a national program with state and local member programs.  In Porter County CASA is one of the programs of the Family & Youth Services Bureau.

Cause 4Paws Gary, Inc

Cause 4Paws Gary is a 501c3 non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for pets and their guardians in under-served communities to reduce pet over-population, keeping the family pet in the home and building dog parks to strengthen the animal human-bond.

Chasing Dreams

Chasing Dreams, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit.  Our mission is to provide integrated and vital programs for individuals with special needs and their families, that facilitate an environment of growth, learning, and independence.

Chesterton Adult Learning Center/ CWI Learning

The Chesterton Adult Learning Center offers a program which gives students an individualized skills review approach. This program is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the HSE Test by providing concentrated and focused instruction.

Chicago Street Theatre

Chicago Street Theatre is celebrating its 63rd season of producing first-class live theatre for Valparaiso and the greater Northwest Indiana region.

Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy

The Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy owns a spectacular the 157-acre Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve at the heart of Coffee Creek Center in Chesterton, Indiana.

Compass International Family Center

Compass warmly welcomes immigrants, refugees, students, and visiting international neighbors into our community of Valparaiso and community of learning.

Dunes Arts Foundation

The Dunes Arts Foundation, Inc., which sponsors the Dunes Summer Theatre and The Dunes Youth Programs, was incorporated in the State of Indiana on January 17th, 1952.

Dunes Learning Center

Providing year-round environmental literacy and service learning programs for all ages in partnership with Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Every Child Missionary

Thousands of children are affected by albinism in Uganda, and almost all of them struggle to survive and thrive, facing significant, even life-threatening discrimination at times.

Exceptional Equestrians Unlimited

Exceptional Equestrians Unlimited mission is to provide educational and therapeutic horseback riding activities to those with special needs for an improved quality of life utilizing professional instructors and trained volunteers in a safe and secure environment.

Family & Youth Services Bureau

The Family & Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) works with children, adolescents and families who need a little extra support (regular kids and families), youth whose delinquent behavior has brought them to the attention of Juvenile Court, and abused or neglected children.

Family House

Family House provides Supervised Visits and Custody Transfers/Exchanges.  

Family Promise

Family Promise is a National, Non-profit organization that serves low income children and their families in need; who are not in permanent housing. Family Promise has been in operation for 30 years.

Family And Youth Services Bureau 

The Mission of the Family & Youth Services Bureau is to assist youth and families through supportive services that create a positive change for Porter County.

First Contact Inc.

First Contact, Inc. a not-for-profit interdenominational resource and referral ministry, which endeavors in the name of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit to assist Porter County residents in need.

Food Bank Of Northwest Indiana

The Food Bank of NWI acquires, stores and distributes nearly 4.5 million meals annually through the 100+ partner agencies, including soup kitchens and food pantries, as well as hunger relief programs like Pantry on the Go, BackPack and Summer Feeding.

Friendship Botanic Gardens

Welcome to Friendship Botanic Gardens, where forested woodlands, sprawling open spaces, and cultivated gardens spill over 100 acres of land that have been a tourist destination since 1936.

Gabriel’s Horn Corporation

This is an emergency non-profit shelter whose purpose is to assist Porter County homeless residents obtain stable housing

Girl Scouts Of Greater Chicago And Northwest Indiana

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana serves more than 84,00 girl members, from the metropolitan Chicago area and the Indiana counties of Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper.

Habitat For Humanity Of Northwest Indiana

Habitat addresses the local housing needs in Lake County, Indiana. Families receive the benefits of home ownership, stability, security, a sense of dignity and pride, and improved control over financial circumstances.

HealthLinc

HealthLinc services include primary and preventive care services; health and wellness education; chronic disease management; prenatal care; women’s health services; men’s health services; wellness checks and immunizations; services to treat depression, anxiety, and many other behavioral health conditions and disorders; comprehensive dental services; pharmacy services and optometry services.

Hilltop Neighborhood House

Hilltop’s early childhood education program provides full-time, year-round care and education to children ages 6 weeks through 5 years.

Hospice Knit lap blankets

We would like to have a supply of smaller handmade lap blankets for our hospice patients. What a blessing to provide a specially made gift for someone who can benefit from the care and support of a comforting blanket at this time.

Housing Opportunities, Inc

Our Services Include:  TEMPORARY HOUSING PROGRAM-short-term relief for homeless residents of Porter and LaPorte counties.   PERMANENT HOUSING PROGRAM- provides affordable housing to low-income families with a diagnosed disability.

Indiana Dunes State Park

Indiana Dunes State Park consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic and unique Hoosier landscape.

Indiana State Department Of Health

In the event of a local, large-scale emergency, community volunteers and medical professionals like YOU are critical to saving lives.

Jacob’s Ladder Pediatric Rehab center

Our physical therapy services focus on maximizing a child’s functional independence in the home and community.

Junior Achievement of Chicago, Northwest Indiana Division

We give young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices.

Keep Valparaiso Beautiful

What is Keep Valparaiso Beautiful? We are a volunteer-based effort, led by the City of Valparaiso, designed to demonstrate our pride in Valparaiso.

Keys to Hope Resource Center

Keys to Hope Resource Center aims to bridge the existing resources utilized by the homeless and disenfranchised population in our community.

Lady Viking Soccer Futbol Club

Lady Viking Soccer FC is a recreational league committed to the goal of providing girls in grades 1 through 12 an equal opportunity to participate in, learn about, and enjoy the game of soccer.

Lakeshore PAWS

Our vision is to create a culture of compassion and partnership in Northwest Indiana that will one day assure that every pet born has a stable home and care throughout its natural life.

Learning by Giving Foundation

We’re a group of passionate and innovative problem-solvers that want to educate the next generation of philanthropists and distribute capital to local communities in need.

Library, Valparaiso Branch

It’s because of your support, we’re able to provide library materials like books, movies, ebooks, emagazines, and the latest in technology.

Make-a-wish

Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish® vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.

March of Dimes

Join family teams, company teams and people walking with friends for a great cause: making a difference for real families right here in our community.

MCAS Safe Harbor

Safe Harbor provides high quality enrichment programming and with dedicated academic support toMCAS elementary, middle, and high school students between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00 pm.

Meals On Wheels Of Northwest Indiana, Inc.

Meals on Wheels (MOW) provides home-delivered meals to elderly, ill and disabled clients throughout Lake County.

Memorial Opera House

The Memorial Opera House is a venue that caters to all needs and events including live theater performances, concerts, weddings, meetings, comedy acts and much more!

Mental Health America Of Porter County, Inc.

In 1953 a small group of caring community members, with a budget of $259, formed the Mental Health America of Porter County, Inc.

Merrillville High STAND Club

Some of our activities include community walks, MLK Brunch and Workshops, anti-bullying activities, and our annual Winter Wonderfest Pen Pal Mentorship program.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is to eliminate drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, serve the victims of these crimes and prevent underage drinking.

Moraine House

Moraine House was originally founded in 1976 in Valparaiso, Indiana as a halfway house for recovering alcoholics

Muscular Dystrophy Association

The Northern Indiana Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association serves thiry-two counties.

National Park Service-Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

In 1966 the United States Congress determined that the natural and cultural features of Northwest Indiana had national significance and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was created.

Nature Abounds

Nature Abounds™, a national 501c3 non-profit organization, encourages you to Unplug from the societal “norms”, Wake Up to the natural world around you, and to Take Action for a healthier environment.

Nazareth Home

Nazareth Home is a 24-hour per day foster home for medically compromised babies and children from birth to age six.

Neighbors’ Educational Opportunities 

Neighbors’ New Vistas High School (NNVHS) is a tuition free high school that is open to any high school student who is an Indiana resident.

New Creation Business Advocates

Men’s Center Empowering. Equipping. Rebuilding.

New Hope Church of God

We have a food pantry twice a month as well as various community events to give back what God has given us.

Northern Indiana Historical Power Association

Our main event is the Annual Fall Harvest Festival and Antique Equipment Show, scheduled for this coming September 22-24 2017.

Opportunity Enterprises, Inc.

Opportunity Enterprises, Inc. is a growing, dynamic organization providing a wide range of human services to benefit the clients with developmental disabilities that we serve.

Our Greater Good

Our initiatives effectively engage small community neighborhoods, school administration, teacher, parents and children by advocating and nurturing

Pact

As an innovative leader in best-practice solutions for community-based criminal justice.

Pines Village

At Pines Village, we celebrate life and specialize in active aging. Residents choose from maintenance-free independent living homes or comfortable apartment living with on-site dining options.

Project Neighbors 

Project Neighbors continues to support and applaud them as they grow and help improve our community through their individual mission.

Porter County Aging & Community Services, Inc.

For over 50 years, PCACS has been serving as the safety net for those most in need in Porter County.

Porter County Education Services

Porter County Education Services provides special education services to more than 4,000 students from ages 3 through 21 throughout Porter County.

Porter County Emergency Management Agency

When disaster strikes, the community is clearly divided into only two entities; those who need help and those who can provide help.

Porter County Indiana Parks

Parks and recreation department

Porter County Museum

The Porter County Museum–also known as the PoCo Muse–is a small, yet dynamic institution that aims to share the stories of Porter County and its people.

Porter County Parks & Recreation

Porter County Parks and Recreation is committed to delivering youth, adult and school programs to the residents of Porter County, while also providing a gateway into the natural beauty of our area through its unique parks and trails.

Porter-Starke Services

A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community health center with offices in Valparaiso, Portage and Knox, Porter-Starke Services is a licensed community mental health center through the Indiana Division of Mental Health & Addictions and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.

Providence Hospice

Providence Life Services provides a range of senior living services in Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.

Recovery Connection

United Way Regional Volunteer Center

Reins of Life, Inc. Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Our mission is to improve quality of life for children and adults with disabilities through equine assisted-activities.

Respite House

Respite House is located at 1408 Chicago Street, Valparaiso, Indiana.

Salvation Army of Porter County

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church.

Shirley Heinze Land Trust

Shirley Heinze Land Trust is a vibrant partnership of volunteers, donors, professionals, business and industry, working together to protect the amazing natural places we have in northwestern Indiana.

South Shore Leadership Center

Our Mission is to engage skilled and collaborative leaders who stimulate vibrant communities. Also, to inform and involve leaders who are committed to advancing the quality of place in the seven counties of Northwest Indiana.

Southern Care Hospice

Hospice Volunteers will be offer social and companionship to our patients and families during the end of life transition.

St. Agnes Adult Day Service Center

St. Agnes Adult Day Center opened in 1997. We are a not-for-profit, non-denominational facility serving adults who require health care monitoring and socialization.

Taltree

We cultivate the hearts and minds of our community through: Presentation of an extensive collection of trees and other plants that are native to the South Lake Michigan Region and other similar regions of the world.

Union Township School Corporation

Our purpose as an exemplary school system is to reveal and nurture the academic excellence in each child, yet we also believe it to be of great importance to reinforce the character that will help them grow to be successful citizens.

Union Volunteer Fire Department

Have you ever wanted to volunteer in your community? From saving someone trapped in a structure fire to cutting a victim out of a wrecked vehicle to rappelling off a building to rescue someone in danger, Union Fire-Rescue has a position for you.

United for Children

United for Children is a collaborative partnership between Lake Area United Way, United Way of Porter County and United Way of LaPorte County.

United Way of Porter County

United Way of Porter County is home to the AmeriCorps program, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Lake, LaPorte and Starke Counties, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Young Leaders United young professionals group, and the Power of Youth high school council.

Urban League Of Northwest Indiana, Inc.

The Urban League of Northwest Indiana promotes services in the areas of Education, Economic Empowerment, Health & Wellness, Civic Leadership and Civil Rights & Social Justice for all people.

Valparaiso Adult Learning Center

The Valparaiso Adult Learning Center offers a program which gives students an individualized skills review approach.

Valparaiso Community Schools

Valparaiso Community Schools educates and inspires its 6200 students through a dedicated partnership with the parents and city of Valparaiso.

Valparaiso International Center

The VIC serves as a forum to learn about different cultures through interactive events, festivals, classes and discussion groups.

Valparaiso Men’s Overnight Shelter

We provide a warm and friendly environment where men can relax out of the elements.

Valpo Schools Foundation

Working to enhance excellence in education and encourage innovation within Valparaiso Community Schools.

Valpo Parks

Valpo Parks has been working to develop a healthy park

system and create recreation opportunities

within our community.

Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County

The Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County is a not-for-profit home health care agency established in 1970.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program – Porter County

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.

Voter Registration/Elections

Staff Directory Voter Registration / Elections

Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Porterco Conservation Trust, Inc., supported by the Porter County Parks Foundation, Inc., both 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations, is taking this wetland, and former garbage dump, under our wing.

Women in Bloom Inc.

Our vision is of a time when women can realize their full potential personally and professionally, and their full and equal place in society, in order to bloom into self-sufficient and confident women.

Women’s Recovery Home- Porter Starke Services

A residential program that connects women living with addiction to the programs, services and treatment that support their recovery.

Worthy Recovery

Christian home that provides recently incarcerated women with re-entry programs and the tools necessary to reduce recidivism rates, substance abuse and addictions.

Youth for Understanding USA

As a YFU volunteer, you not only help change the lives of students, but you can help change the world.

YMCA

We’re here to strengthen our community. With a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive.

4-H, through Perdue Agriculture

Topics include on-farm fresh produce food safety, regenerative farming with livestock and agroforestry, farm viability and financial management, and a four season farm tour.

4-H

4‑H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System. The Cooperative Extension System, comprised of land-grant universities and local county offices, supports 4‑H programming in rural and urban areas across the nation.

Valparaiso University provides a detailed alphabetical profiles of local organizations:

http://volunteer.valpo.edu/agency/index/

or

http://www.nwivolunteer.org/agency/

If your group is not represented please contact us. Synopsis is taken from biography on their website. If you would like to change description please send us correction. Missing organizations are due to an oversight and we would like to add your org to our list. Please include your Organization’s name, type of volunteer service you provided, contact information and website and/or Facebook page.