Lake Area United Way

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on Gary Mayor Jerome Prince’s plans to sign an executive order this to establish a police reform commission that will propose meaningful changes to the city's police department, Indiana is moving into Phase 4 of Governor Eric Holcomb’s “Back on Track” plan and Chris Nolte has a conversation with representatives from the Lake Area United Way as well as the American Red Cross about a request for Lake County residents to report flooding or sewage damage due to the recent storms.

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Today: Lake County residents affected by recent flooding or sewage damage due to recent storms are encouraged to fill out a Disaster Intake/Assessment Form. American Red Cross Executive Director Kristin Marlow-Kellerman along with Lake Area United Way Vice President, Community Impact Andrea Proulx Buinicki join us to tell us how the data collected will help FEMA assess the need for the county.  June marks the mid-way point of 2020 and there were a lot of unanticipated events that have impacted the economy.

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The latest topics surrounding COVID-19 dominate this "Reporters' Roundtable." 

“Times” reporter joins us to talk about the stories he put out in print and online, including an update on the latest with massive layoffs at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City as well as White Lodging at its corporate headquarters in Merrillville. Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson talked to Karen Marlow-Kellemen, executive director of the Northwest Indiana Red Cross about a virtual version of its “Zero to Hero” program.

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Today:  We have a coronavirus update for northwest Indiana, with the first three COVID-19 cases reported at hospitals in Lake and Porter Counties.

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Today:   "Indiana Political Insight" and "Indiana Gaming Insight" newsletters editor and creator Ed Feigenbaum joins us to talk about the leadership change coming in the 2021 General Assembly session, when House Speaker Brian Bosma hands the gavel over to Rep. Todd Huston.  Bosma is the longest-serving House Speaker in state legislative history, second only to Rep. Pat Bauer of South Bend.  We have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio" from South Shore Clean Cities and NIRPC.  Carley Samayoa with the Porter County Substance Abuse Council is with us to talk about the organization and the success of its podcast "Matters of Substance." And Andrea Proulx Buinicki with Lake Area United Way talks about the importance of humanitiarian aid to migrants in northwest Indiana.  The LAUW is seeking applilcants for federal financial help to the regional immigrant community. More information about the grant program is on the Lake Area United Way website.

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Today:  Lake Area United Way is continuing in its mission to help low-income Lake County residents with the services and assistance they need the most --including adequate child care for working families -- with a collaboration with Methodist Hospitals to create a new child care center at the hospital's Northlake campus in Gary.  Lisa Dougherty, the president and CEO with the United Way, is with us to talk about the "child care desert"  issues, the new project and the financial help they received from Early Learning Indiana to make it happen.  We have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," from South Shore Clean Cities and NIRPC, and this one focuses on the Indiana Toll Road's sustainability programs.  Bill McCall with ITR is with host Carl Lisek.  And we bring back our conversations with Merrillville-based Cimcor chiel executive Robert Johnson III about cybersecurity concerns, and with Bill Wozniak of INVestEd about a recent Indiana study on higher education expenses.

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Today:  Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research executive director Michael Hicks joins us to talk about his 2020 economic forecast for the U.S. and Indiana.  It's a forecast with good points and bad points, and he explains how he reaches the conclusions listed in the forecast.  We have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio" with Carl Lisek of South Shore Clean Cities.  His report is also supported by NIRPC.  Brandi Adams, the director of resource development with Lake Area United Way, talks about the recent "Santa's Worshop for Working Families" held at Wicker Park in Highland and how is part of the United Way overall local mission to help local families.  And we talk with Erica Rios, the social worker with the Griffith Police Department, about her work in her community and how she can help in times of crisis. 

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Today:   Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer joins us to talk about the 84th anniversary of the creation of the Social Security system -- its place in Americans' financial stability over the years -- and how we all can better keep track of and use our benefits, at the right time, to get maximum use of the money we've accumulated over our working lives.   We also find out about health food options at some Indiana fairs and festivals from Side Effects Public Media's Isaiah Seibert and Meghan Buell of northern Indiana-based TREES, Inc.

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Today:   Megan Sikes with the Lake Area United Way is with us to talk about  "United In Our Community Week," the event that allows for residents to "give back to the community" with a wide variety of public volunteer projects with local non-profits.  "Unity In Our Community Week" wil be held August 5th through the 9th.  "Indiana Gaming Insight" newsletter editor Ed Feigenbaum also talks about the multi-faceted bill that is now law, HEA 1015.  It's the measure that allows for the relocation of Gary's floating casino to dry land and the other local casino license to be shifted to Vigo County

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Today:    The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission holds its field hearing on NIPSCO's electric rate case in Hammond on March 11th --  so we call upon Anthony Swinger of the Office of Utility Consumer Counselor to explain what the IURC is considering, ahead of the public hearing at Hammond High School's auditorium.  We have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," supported by South Shore Clean Cities.  Host Carl Lisek talks with University of Notre Dame's sustainability director.  And Lorelei Weimer with Indiana Dunes Tourism talks about the reaction to the renaming of Indiana Dunes Nation

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Today:   Jordan Stanfill, the CEO of Valparaiso-based Housing Opportunities, talks about the agency's work in helping residents stay in their homes and avoid homelessness, as well as what the agency's outreach worker is doing to find homeless living in cars or in woods and direct them into warm places to stay.  Housing Opportunities also offers a homeless shelter and transitional housing, among other services.   Later on, Lisa Daughterty of Lake Area United Way tells us about a new partnership with the town of Griffith to provide assistance to residents who need it, by calling 211.

Today:    One of the major programs for Lake Area United Way is to help working-poor families affordable healthcare and livage-wage jobs.  We bring back our conversation with the United Way's chief executive Lisa Daugherty on the goals in 2019.  We also have "Howey Politics Indiana" creator Brian Howey with the big Indiana political stories of 2018 and on how the 2019 General Assembly session will look, with the issues and personalities involved.  State Rep.

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Today:   Lake Area United Way is focusing its 2019 effort to help working-poor families find affordable child care and livable-wage jobs.  These households are also known by the term ALICE, and we revisit our conversations with Lisa Daugherty, President and CEO of Lake Area United Way, to review the nonprofit's strategies next year.    We also have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," supported by South Shore Clean Cities.  And Celina Weatherwax with the MAAC Foundation in Valparaiso joins us to talk about the organization's training efforts for emergency personnel that includes a new p

Lake Area United Way

Today:   We find out more about the Lake Area United Way's 2019 campaign -- continuing 0n the effort of 2018 by the nonprofit, to help Lake County "working poor" families with affordable childcare and into jobs paying livable wages.  Statistics show 22-percent of Lake County households are considered in the "working poor" category, and that is on top of an additional 15-percent of local households in poverty.

Lake Area United Way

Lake Area United Way honors its volunteers and community-based employees for their efforts this year with the second annual STAR Awards celebration to be held in Munster on December 5th.   STAR stands for Serving Together Achieves Results. 

Lisa Daugherty, the President and CEO of the Lake Area United Way, came on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about the awards program to be held at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster -- as well as talk about the new role that the organization  is playing in Lake County.

Lake Area United Way

Today:  Lake Area United Way honors its volunteers and community-based employees for their efforts this year with the second annual STAR Awards celebration to be held in Munster on December 5th.  We learn more about the awards from Lisa Daugherty, President and CEO of the Lake Area United Way, as well as find out more about the new role that the organization plays in Lake County.

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The Lake Area United Way's "United for Families Network" is opening an opportunity for adults who are high school dropouts or who didn't complete their high school studies to get Core 40 diplomas -- the same diplomas that they would've earned had they stayed in school. 

The new Excel Center, supported by Goodwill in northwest Indiana, is patterned after a successful center in South Bend. 

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Today:  Lisa Daugherty, President and CEO of Lake Area United Way, Guy Fisher of Goodwill's operations in northwest Indiana and Cindy Cavanaugh, the Director for the new Excel Center in Hammond are in the studio to talk about the United Way's "United for Families Network" and how the new Excel Center, supported by Goodwill, will give adults who are high school dropouts or who didn't complete their high school studies the opportunity to get Core 40 diplomas.  The new center in Hammond is patterned after a successful one in South Bend.