This is Your New United Way


The traditional role of the United Way has served communities for more than 100 years. In that role, the United Way of LaPorte County developed deep roots in the area, a grasp of the critical issues, and strong relationships.

In 2008, United Way addressed a changing landscape and narrowed its focus to the three areas most essential to the wellbeing of a diverse population – health, education, and financial stability. In 2013, we piloted a new process, called collective impact, based on a collaborative structure that coordinates efforts to create a common agenda, pool resources, standardize measurement, share results, and avoid duplication.

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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.

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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.


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, our United Way and partners worked with local experts and their organizations to develop strategies to improve the health, wellness, and quality of life in the area. After the completion of the first year’s Financial Stability collective impact reporting, additional collaboratives launched in fall of 2017. This successful framework of working together to solve community concerns can be adapted to other problems and needs now and in the future.

United Way of LaPorte County brings community/agency trust, valuable information, and a truly flexible approach to this vital work.


Priorities and Initiatives

Our collective impact projects 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.


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.


Who 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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Our Staff


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

Sam Lubeznik  McDonald's Restaurant of LaPorte County
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