Friends of the Hammond Public Library
Friends of the Hammond Public Library staff a Book Sale Room and snack area at the Library, 564 State St. The room is open during library hours. 564 State Street Hammond, Indiana 46320
808 Vale Park Road
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383
2714 - 169th Street Hammond, Indiana 46323 (219) 554-0688
1841 East Summit Street Crown Point, Indiana 46307 (219) 661-3100
600 Superior Avenue Munster, Indiana 46321 (219) 922-2732
7020 Broadway Merrillville, Indiana 46410 (219) 769-8648
501 Marquette Street
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383
(219) 462-5195 - Office
VITAS Innovative Hospice
Merrillville, Indiana 46410
Cancer Resourse Centre, a support program of Community Cancer Research Foundation, also specializing in Grief Support Programs. 926 Ridge Road, Munster, IN 46321 (219) 836-3349
1626 Mourning Dove Drive,Munster, IN 46321 (219)-924-5577
The WOUNDED HEALERS® Grief Support Program offers comfort to people grieving the death of someone special by providing information, resource and the companionship necessary to bring healing, change and restructure to their lives. We provide this program to anyone searching for help while traveling this difficult journey.
Post Office Box 96011
Washington DC 20090-6011
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is 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.
The Alzheimer's Association® is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.
Our Vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease.®
Our Mission: 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.
Mission Statement Our mission is ”to provide optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families—through member organizations dedicated to improving quality of life.” Our History The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) was founded by a consortium of organizations to fill the gap that existed on a national level to assure quality of care and excellence in service to individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, and to their caregivers and families. Our focus is "Caring for the Nation...One Person at a Time." AFA unites more than 1,600 member organizations from coast-to-coast that are dedicated to meeting the educational, social, emotional and practical needs of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, and their caregivers and families. Under AFA's umbrella, these organizations collaborate on education, resources, best practices and advocacy —all resulting in better care for people affected by the disease. AFA believes that by raising awareness of the disease and educating healthcare professionals and the public at large, we will: Help remove the fear and denial surrounding Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses Lead to early detection and proper treatment Prompt greater utilization of community resources Ultimately improve quality of life
Your contribution supports the mission of the American Diabetes Association: "to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes." To fulfill this mission, the American Diabetes Association funds research, publishes scientific findings, provides information and other services to people with diabetes, their families, health care professionals and the public, and advocates for scientific research and for the rights of people with diabetes.
For 65 years, the American Diabetes Association has funded medical research that has helped millions of people with diabetes live longer, healthier and happier lives.The QAssociation's ongoing commitment to research will lead us to a better understanding of the disease, prevention of diabetes, improved treatments, and one day, a cure.
The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, our organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters working tirelessly to eliminate these diseases. We fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to save and improve lives. Our nationwide organization includes 144 local offices and nearly 2,700 employees. We moved our national headquarters from New York to Dallas in 1975 to be more centrally located. The American Stroke Association was created as a division in 1997 to bring together the organization’s stroke-related activities. Our Mission: Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Our mission drives everything we do. What We Do: To improve the lives of all Americans, we provide public health education in a variety of ways. We’re the nation’s leader in CPR education training. We help people understand the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. We provide science-based treatment guidelines to healthcare professionals to help ensure the best treatment for every patient, every time. We educate lawmakers, policy makers and the public as we advocate for changes to protect and improve the health of our communities.
115 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. Our work is focused on five strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases; and to accelerate fundraising and enhance organizational effectiveness to support the urgency of our mission.
Our Mission and Goals
See our mission and learn more about our strategic plan to achieve our goals. Learn more about our mission »
Whether it's searching for cures to lung diseases, keeping kids off tobacco or fighting for laws that protect the air we all breathe, the work of the American Lung Association helps to save lives every day. Learn more about our impact »
For more than 110 years, the American Lung Association has led the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air. Today, our work is more important than ever. Learn more about our history »
Camp Fire helps youth dig deep inside and discover their "sparks," their personally defined nuggets of potential. Helping a young person become who they want to be takes time and encouragement. It takes paying attention to what sparks a passion. At Camp Fire, that's what we do. We listen, we encourage, and we provide the opportunity to uncover each young person's unique interests. We help youth become the exceptional people they are destined to be, buoyant with potential to do anything they dream of doing. •Camp Fire is led by professional, caring adults using proven methods. Leaders are highly trained role models, who encourage young people to be all they can be. •Camp Fire is open to everyone. We embrace the uniqueness of every youth, teen, and family we serve. •Camp Fire is participant-centered—identifying passions and sparks. Youth are actively engaged and are given a voice, which helps build self-esteem and self-reliance. •Camp Fire helps develop abilities now. We provide a strong foundation for kids so that they prepare for the present and the future.
280 East 1st Street
Broomfield, Colorado 80038
Ear Community is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that offers a warm and supportive community for individuals who were born with Microtia and Atresia, Hemifacial Microsomia, Goldenhar Syndrome, and Treacher Collins Syndrome, including varying degrees of hearing loss.
After founding the "Microtia and Atresia Support Group" on Facebook in 2010, our support group became a nonprofit organization soon after in 2012, called Ear Community. Since 2012, Ear Community has given back to the Microtia and Atresia community in many ways. Ear Community has donated nearly 100 new bone conduction hearing devices to needy children and adults who have Microtia and Atresia. Our organization has awarded over 10 college scholarships and a variety of grants to help bring the community together. Ear Community has hosted over 50 educational family events all over the world, bringing thousands of people together. Our organization established National Microtia Awareness Day which takes place every year on November 9th to help raise awareness. Ear Community is also on a grant application for genetic research with Harvard University and Vanderbilt University and collaborates with many organizations on hearing loss projects and research studies regarding Microtia and Atresia. Ear Community has presented in front of the FDA (on February 26th, 2018) during a listening session where our organization was given the opportunity to share our testimonials about living with Microtia and Atresia. Ear Community is the first parent driven nonprofit organization to help children and adults who have Microtia and Atresia.
General info and Mission Statement
The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana was founded in 1982 and serves as a link for hunger relief to children, families and seniors throughout Lake and Porter Counties. 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. It is a USDA approved distributor of food through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and a member of the nation's largest food bank network, Feeding America.
The vision of the Food Bank expands beyond providing assistance for this basic need to include a number of initiatives. We provide and promote programs and services that will help educate and empower individuals to make healthy eating choices for themselves and their families. And we are focused on improving the quality and level of service provided by each community agency in the Food Bank's network. The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana strives to reduce the impact of hunger through programs of advocacy, nutrition education and faith based partnerships.
To alleviate hunger by acquiring and distributing food to people in need, promoting solutions that advance self-sufficiency and hunger relief, and leading our region in the fight against hunger.
To be the leader of a community mobilized to fight hunger and address its causes.
Compassion, Service, Collaboration, Integrity, and Responsibility.
6401 South US Highway 41
Terre Haute, Indiana 47802
Attention: Patty Stiegelbauer
Gibault was founded in 1921 by the Indiana Knights of Columbus as a home for wayward boys. Over the years, Gibault has evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of troubled kids everywhere. Today, Gibault serves boys and girls and has provided life-changing opportunities for over 10,000 children and their families. Gibault serves children with mild emotional disturbances, aggressive and oppositional behaviors, substance abuse issues, victims and perpetrators of physical and sexual abuse, learning disabled children, and children with a variety of clinical issues in residential and community based environments.
Gibault is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) of Services for Families & Children.
Gibault is a member of IARCA - the Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy.
Holy Cross School is accredited through Advanced Education, formerly known as North Central Association.
Gibault is licensed as a Child Caring Institution and a Private Secure Facility by the Indiana Department of Child Services.
Mission Statement To lead the community in the humane treatment of animals. Vision Statement Working individually and in partnership with similar valued organizations, we will create a humane community for all animals through education, advocacy, and the promotion of respect and compassion
The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk.
The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance Charity Seal provides the giving public with an easily recognizable symbol which certifies that the National Kidney Foundation meets the comprehensive standards of America's most experienced charity evaluator.
Opportunity Enterprises Lakeside
2801 Evan Avenue
Valparaiso, Indiana 46385
It is the vision of Opportunity Enterprises to create a fully integrated community where life for
persons with developmental disabilities is valuable, purposeful and fulfilling.
Opportunity Enterprises works to maximize self-sufficiency and enrich the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.
We believe it possible to make a positive difference in the lives of the individuals we serve;
We accept people as they are and support and challenge each person to achieve their fullest growth and development;
We will listen and act when our clients speak for themselves;
We believe in servant leadership;
We know that well-trained and motivated staff make a difference in the lives of our clients;
We support innovation and embrace change
Founded in 1967, Opportunity Enterprises is a non-profit organization that strives to help individuals with developmental disabilities reach their fullest potential and live a full, enriching life.
Recognized as one of the premier agencies serving those with disabilities, Opportunity Enterprises provides children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, cognitive delays, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), severe physical and mental disabilities, Alzheimer’s, dementia, loss of limbs and other delays and disabilities a supportive environment where they can learn, continually increase their skills, and reach their maximum potential. At OE, we understand that every one of our clients has their own unique strengths and challenges. As such, our staff works one-on-one with each client and their family to develop a comprehensive plan for care, support and growth that ensures that your loved one makes continual progress year after year.
Simply put, we help people of all abilities live, learn, and grow. We’re in the business of Amazing People!
Research: Since 1970, the OI Foundation has doubled funding for research every five years, for a total investment of more than $3.3 million. Funding is available for postdoctoral fellowships to encourage new investigators to begin a career in OI research, and seed grants for preliminary research. All applications are reviewed by the Foundation's Scientific Review Committee, which includes many preeminent OI researchers and clinicians. Funding also supports the OI Registry and the Linked Clinical Research Centers. The potential for results in OI research is growing, with recent advances in gene therapy, a new diagnostic test, and drug therapies under study.
Education: The Foundation's principal education event is the Biennial National Conference on OI, which provides more than 570 people with medical, research, and coping information. For many, it's the first opportunity to meet others who are living with OI. In addition, the Foundation is continually developing new information resources in response to the needs of families, individuals, and professionals working with those affected by OI. Topics covered include schooling, pain management, psychosocial needs of the family, child abuse, fracture management, and osteoporosis.
Awareness: The Foundation strives to build public awareness and generate additional support among individuals, community organizations, public agencies, and medical professionals. Up-to-date information on OI-- from medical issues to daily living strategies-- is available via phone, Internet, fax, and mail. The Foundation also reaches out with print publications, press releases, DVDs, and the web site.
Mutual Support: Improving quality of life is a continuing challenge that our small group of staff and enormous army of volunteers work constantly to achieve. From hosting 36 support and network groups in 26 states to expanding resources, hosting our online chat room or raising funds, the OI community and Foundation staff provide quality support services to more than 100,000 people each year.
501 Saint Jude Place
Memphis, Tennessee 38105
The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.
SHARE Foundation is a not-for-profit Christian organization serving the residential, vocational, and social needs of mentally challenged or other-abled adults. Our 185-acre community, Sharing Meadows, provides a tranquil place for other-abled adults to live, work, and relax in peace and dignity. There, the unique gifts of each individual are recognized and appreciated, as they are able to focus on what they are able to do.
SHARE Foundation receives no government support whatsoever; we have always relied solely upon private donations and our own fundraising efforts to support our work. Our professional staff is augmented by hundreds of volunteers – friends, students, and professionals, who share their time and their talent while they learn and experience the value of other-abled adults.
Post Office Box 650309
Dallas, Texas 75265
Save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. With your help, we’re having a real impact against breast cancer. Find out how your donations are saving lives and making progress in the mission to end breast cancer forever.
Our Mission Building a community of caring by helping pets and educating people. The Anti-Cruelty Society is also known as the SPCA of Illinois, 157 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60654, (312) 644-8338, Tax I.D. Number: 36-2179814. The Anti-Cruelty Society is committed to caring The Anti-Cruelty Society shall:Provide compassionate care for any animal in need Attempt to find a home for every healthy or rehabilitatable dog and cat that comes to us Intervene to prevent cruelty to animals Partner with the community to educate on animal issues and inspire compassion and respect Provide low or no cost spaying or neutering Values We will provide the best quality animal care through:Collaboration—only through partnerships and relationships can we achieve our mission Excellence—we will strive to have a best practice model in all that we do Professionalism—we will act with integrity and in an ethical manner Leadership—we will plan for the next generation of issues that will impact our organization, our community and pets Communication—we will fearlessly outline and communicate our commitment to being advocates for animals Transparency—we support the Asilomar Accords and proudly and publicly report our statistics Philosophy At The Anti-Cruelty Society we believe:In an open door policy—we will not turn away any animal in need There are no time limits placed on any animal in our care That no healthy or rehabilitatable pet should be euthanized The key to pet overpopulation is sterilization That education can prevent cruelty, abuse and neglect and promote responsible pet ownership If an animal’s quality of life is severely compromised, euthanasia is the humane alternative Since 1899... Since 1899, The Anti-Cruelty Society has been committed to caring for animals and the community. Our Second Century Since 1999, the beginning of our second century of caring, we have found loving permanent homes for more than 40,000 pets, spayed or neutered more than 61,000 animals and taught messages of compassion and caring for the animals to more than 225,000 school-aged children and community groups. Services & Resources In addition to receiving and caring for thousands of animals each year, we provide a wide variety of services and resources. These include an adoption program, a low-cost spay/neuter clinic, a rehabilitation & treatment center, a low-income clinic, humane education/community outreach, cruelty and abuse investigations and rescue, dog training classes, a free behavior hotline, and pet visitations. CASA The Anti-Cruelty Society is a founding member of the Chicago Animal Shelter Alliance (CASA). CASA was formed in 2002 by a coalition of Chicago shelters who realized that by working together, we could consolidate our efforts to reach a wider audience, and make a greater impact. Since that time, the organization has grown to include the entire shelter community in Chicago, and much of the veterinary community as well. Click here to learn more about the organizations involved.
20953 West Hoff Road Elwood, Illinois 60421 (815) 423-9958
Arlington, Virginia 22211 (877) 907-8585
Fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served.
DAV OFFICIAL MISSION STATEMENT
We are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. We accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.
Providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government.
Providing outreach concerning its program services to the American people generally, and to disabled veterans and their families specifically.
Representing the interests of disabled veterans, their families, their widowed spouses and their orphans before Congress, the White House and the Judicial Branch, as well as state and local government.
Extending DAV’s mission of hope into the communities where these veterans and their families live through a network of state-level Departments and local Chapters.
Providing a structure through which disabled veterans can express their compassion for their fellow veterans through a variety of volunteer programs.
They transport America's veterans to Washington DC to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices at no cost. The mission is helping every single veteran in America, willing and able of getting on a plane or a bus, visit THEIR memorial.
The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor commemorates the extraordinary sacrifices of America's servicemen and servicewomen who were killed or wounded in combat. The mission of the Hall of Honor is to collect and preserve the stories of Purple Heart recipients from all branches of service and across generations to ensure that all recipients are represented.
The award known as the Purple Heart has a history that reaches back to the waning days of the American Revolution. The Continental Congress had forbidden General George Washington from granting commissions and promotions in rank to recognize merit. Yet Washington wanted to honor merit, particularly among the enlisted soldiers. On August 7, 1782, his general orders established the Badge of Military Merit:
... The General ever desirous to cherish virtuous ambition in his soldiers, as well as to foster and encourage every species of Military merit directs whenever any singularly meritorious action is performed, the author of it shall be permitted to wear on his facings, over his left breast, the figure of a heart in purple cloth or silk edged with narrow lace or binding."
This award was open only to enlisted men and granted them the distinction of being permitted to pass all guards and sentinels as could commissioned-officers. The names of the recipients were to have been kept in a "Book of Merit" (which has never been recovered). At the present time there are three known recipients of the Badge of Military Merit: Sergeant Elijah Churchill, 2nd Continental Dragoons; Sergeant William Brown, 5th and Sergeant Daniel Bissel, 2nd Connecticut Continental Line Infantry.
Washington stated that the award was to be a permanent one, but once the Revolution ended, the Badge of Merit was all but forgotten until the 20th century.
General John J. "Blackjack" Pershing suggested a need for an award for merit in 1918, but it was not until 1932 that the Purple Heart was created in recognition of Washington's ideals and for the bicentennial of his birth. General Order No.3 announced the establishment of the award:
"...By order of the President of the United States, the Purple Heart, established by General George Washington at Newburgh, August 7, 1782, during the War of the Revolution is hereby revived out of respect to his memory and military achievements.
By order of the Secretary of War:
General, Chief of Staff
On May 28, 1932, 137 World War I veterans were conferred their Purple Hearts at Temple Hill, in New Windsor, NY. Temple Hill was the site of the New Windsor Cantonment, which was the final encampment of the Continental Army in the winter of 1782-1783. Today, the National Purple Heart continues the tradition begun here in 1932, of honoring those who have earned the Purple Heart.
The Purple Heart has undergone many changes with respect to the criteria for being awarded. At first, the Purple Heart was exclusively awarded to Army and Army Air Corps personnel and could not be awarded posthumously to the next of kin. In 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order allowing the Navy to award the Purple Heart to Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guard personnel. Also in that year, the Purple Heart was made available for posthumous award to any member of the military killed on or after December 7, 1941.
Originally the Purple Heart was awarded for meritorious service. Being wounded was one portion of consideration for merit. With the creation of the Legion of Merit in 1942, the award of the Purple Heart for meritorious service became unnecessary and was therefore discontinued. The Purple Heart, per regulation is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving under competent authority in any capacity with one of the U.S. Armed Services after April 5, 1917 has been wounded, killed, or has died after being wounded.
To raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. The mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors.
418 East Douglas Street Hammond, Indiana 46320 (877) 512-3859 1438 East 85th Avenue Merrillville, Indiana 46310 (877) 692-3142 10718 South Roberts Road Palos Hills, Illinois 60465 (708) 974-4370 9715 South Cottage Grove Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60628 National Office (800) 772-1213