This is Your New United Way


United Way has served communities for more than 100 years and the United Way of LaPorte County has served locally as a leader in LaPorte County by establishing deep roots, developing strong relationships, and bringing partners together to fight our community's critical issues.

In 2008, United Way addressed the changing social landscape across the nation and narrowed its focus to the three areas most essential to the wellbeing of a diverse population – health, education, and financial stability.

In 2013, United Way of LaPorte County piloted a new process, called collective impact, based on an integrated and collaborative structure that coordinates community-based health and human service efforts to advocate with a common agenda, pool resources, standardize measurement, share results, and avoid duplication.



United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in LaPorte County.

United Way of LaPorte County improves the lives of the people of LaPorte County by mobilizing the caring power of our community.



Our vision for LaPorte County is to create a framework that facilitates and empowers our community to solve its own problems through collaboration and common goals.


Our Plan

We will achieve our vision for LaPorte County by reducing duplication, sharing resources, and developing wraparound services that address more than just a single partner or program’s needs.

Using the process of reviewing needs assessments, hosting community conversations, and researching best practices, your United Way and our partners worked with local experts and their organizations to develop strategies to improve the health, wellness, and quality of life throughout LaPorte County. With this successful framework for working together to address our community's needs, we can adapted quickly, efficiently, and effectively to address local challenges and needs now and in the future.

United Way of LaPorte County brings a legacy of community and agency trust, valuable resources and information, and a transformational approach to this vital work.


Priorities and Initiatives

Our collective impact projects create pathways to success for our local youth, bring financial stability to adults and families, fight homelessness, and provide a safety net for our friends and neighbors in times of crisis.


GIVE.        ADVOCATE.        VOLUNTEER.        JOIN.        ATTEND.

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Our Partners

United Way corporate partners, health and human service partner agencies, individual donors, and volunteers come together to build a stronger LaPorte County. From leading workplace campaigns to participating in conversations about challenges facing our region, United Way partners are fighting for the health, education, financial stability, and safety of every person in our community.


What We Fund

United Way supports programs that bring financial stability to adults and families, fight homelessness, create pathways to success for our local youth, and provide a safety net for our friends and neighbors in times of crisis.

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Who Funds Us

Our generous contributors help United Way identify, develop, fund, and convene partner agencies, programs, and coalitions that create meaningful and sustainable impacts and outcomes in neighborhoods across LaPorte County.

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Kris Pate
Executive Director

Dave Sisk
Director of Corporate Engagement

Marlette Bernacchi
Administrative Assistant


Board of Directors


Bradley Adamsky  Drayton Biege Sirugo & Elliott, LLP    
Jeff Carr  United Parcel Service
Marty Corley Michigan City Police Department
Daniel Dobbins Fiber Bond Corporation
Dr. Barbara Eason-Watkins  Michigan City Area Schools
Kylee Fraze Norman  CLH, CPAs & Consultants
Bill Gertner  Horizon Bank    
Clarence Hulse  Michigan City Economic Development Corporation
Eric Jackson  IBEW Local 531

Andy Neal  Northern Indiana Education Foundation    
Angela Nelson Deuitch  NIPSCO
Tricia Perez  Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa
Shawn Rutkowski  Dwyer Instruments, Inc.
Sean Shaia
Stephen Turner  Purdue University Northwest
Kelly Woloszyn  1st Source Bank


2018-2019 Campaign Cabinet


Tom Dermody
Champaign Chair

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Jim Arnold
Campaign Vice-Chair


Angie Nelson Deuitch  NIPSCO
Dan Dobbins  FiberBond
Bill Gertner  Horizon Bank
Bill Hackney  La Porte County Herald Argus
Craig Menne  General Insurance Services
Randy Novak  Michigan City Fire Department
Mary Jo Orlowski  Michigan City Area Chamber of Commerce
Bobbi Petru  Retired Community Advocate
Dick Pilcher  Retired Community Advocate
Gene Simmons  Michigan City City Council
Dr. Barbara Eason Watkins  Michigan City Area Schools
Nancy Wendling  Retired Community Advocate
Kelly Woloszyn  1st Source Bank
Sharon Wright  Horizon Bank