UNITED WAY OF PORTER COUNTY INC

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Valparaiso, IN   |  www.unitedwaypc.org

Mission

United Way of Porter County fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. We work to lead community collaboration, unite residents, and inspire action to improve lives in Northwest Indiana. Annually, we provide more than $2.3 million in community resources via our United Way Network of more than 200 social service organizations.

Ruling year info

1958

President & CEO

Kim Olesker

Main address

951 Eastport Centre Drive

Valparaiso, IN 46383 USA

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EIN

35-6006484

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

United Way of Porter County works to address multiple needs throughout the community ranging from early childhood development and youth engagement to mental health and crisis relief. Annually, we support a network of more than 200 nonprofits providing vital services in Northwest Indiana in the areas of financial stability, health and education.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Porter County School Readiness Program

The purpose of this program is to provide support to early childhood learning programs that provide a quality preschool education for low-income residents prior to Kindergarten. Programs help children prepare for school by providing a school-type social and learning environment to develop reading, social and listening skills. The program includes:
- Providing a three-week summer program called Kinder Camp. We partner with area school districts to provide an in-school experience during the summer school session.
- Community investment grants to network partners administering similar programs.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Families

The purpose of this program is to provide support to youth mentorship programs that provide group or one-on-one opportunities to enhance soft skills development. The program includes partnerships with local Boys & Girls Club, YMCAs and others that provide these types of skill development opportunities around school functions. The program includes:
- Reading Buddies, regional in-school 1st & 2nd grader literacy support program
- Community Investment Grant program

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our commitment to a better Porter County is to provide the resources necessary to give those most in need a better quality of life. The purpose of this program is to provide support to community health programs that focus on physical health and disability services, Mental health and counseling services, and substance abuse/addiction treatment and recovery programs.
-Free medical prescription programs
-Community Investment Grant program

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Also known as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. This federal grant program allows us to support residents by helping them prepare their tax forms for free. Services are available to taxpayers with an adjusted gross income of $56,000 or less. IRS-certified volunteers provide free federal and state tax return preparation to qualified persons. Annually the program runs from the beginning of February to April 15. This is a Northwest Indiana regional program serving residents from Lake, LaPorte, Porter, Starke, Jasper & Newton Counties.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Seniors

The purpose of this program is to provide support to area nonprofits to meet the emergency and basic needs of Porter County residents. This program covers needs such as food, shelter, major household repairs and utilities, vehicle repair, and medical prescription assistance. The program includes:
-United Way of Porter County emergency fund partnership with Porter County Aging & Community Services
-Community Investment Grants program
-Administration of the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Services provide volunteer and staff support resources to United Way network nonprofit and similar organizations to maintain a healthy Northwest Indiana. Services include:
- Northwest Indiana Regional Volunteer Center
- United Way Regional Day of Caring, connecting nonprofits and volunteer for single largest day of volunteer in Northwest Indiana
- Northwest Indiana Retired & Senior Volunteer program
- United Way AmeriCorps Regional program
- Community Investment Grant program

Population(s) Served
Adults

When disaster strikes, we are here for short relief and long-term recovery efforts to counteract natural and man-made disasters. We providing support services to alleviate the economic effects of disaster to get people back on their feet as quickly as possible. This regional effort serves Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter and Jasper Counties. We partner with nonprofits, education, research, government, business and faith-based organizations to get things done. The program services includes:
-Disaster Relief
-Regional disaster team and volunteer deployment
-Community Organizations Active in Disaster

Population(s) Served
Adults

Pacesetters is a corporate support initiative so corporations can exceed their social responsibility goals. The program is designed to provide a one-stop-shop experience to engage in the community by creating more direct impact volunteer and giving opportunities for employees.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A philanthropic society group dedicated to making an impact through service and fundraising. Their focus is to provide life skills classes and social events for women in substance abuse recovery programs. They hold weekly classes on various topics to expand their knowledge basis and social networks. Annually, they also host a fundraiser to support the group's activities.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Where we work

Awards

Humanitarian of the Year 2020

Duneland Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations & memberships

Duneland Chamber of Commerce 2021

Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce 2021

Portage Chamber of Commerce 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students who exhibit kindergarten readiness

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Infants and toddlers

Related Program

Porter County School Readiness Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Numbers reported from Porter County school preparedness programs.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total # direct-served clients touched by all programs. Based on June-July FY year. Count varies slightly per # of programs per year.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of employees supported to run programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

# of positions impacted by United Way support. Only 15 United Way staff members. Rest are community program support positions at partner organizations.

Number of program/model/intervention innovations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Programs supported include Porter County specific and Northwest Indiana regional programs. Typically, 11% of programs are regional. Program numbers per FY year. i.e. 2018 = June 2018 through July 2019

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To serve Northwest Indiana residents through programs that will create change for a better quality of life for all.

Implementing response and recovery plans that address crisis, whether individual daily emergencies or needs, short-term disasters or long-term systematic change of societal issues.

As a backbone pillar for more than 60 years, through our expertise and connections we believe we can create everlasting change in Northwest Indiana through our partner network of companies, government agencies, nonprofits and volunteers.

Annually, we continue to serve more than 69,000 Northwest Indiana residents by helping them find community resources they need and by funding said programs. We continue to expand and support a strong network of resources for our residents who need them most. Building upon what we continually accomplish annually, we work to help people recover from societal crises whether natural or man-made disasters or injustices.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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UNITED WAY OF PORTER COUNTY INC

Board of directors
as of 3/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ron Donahue

InHealth

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/4/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/18/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.