From the community: 9th Annual Crown Point Community Foundation Volunteer Fair and Blood Drive is Saturday, March 3, 2018 - February 15, 2018

Courtesy of Post-Tribune

by Community Contributor Jeanette Huss

South Lake County – Are you looking to volunteer? The 9th annual Volunteer Fair is the perfect place to start! Sponsored by the Crown Point Community Foundation, the Volunteer Fair will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 at Crown Point High School.

The Volunteer Fair gathers nonprofits throughout the area in one central location, letting potential volunteers meet and talk to dozens of charities in one convenient location. It’s a great chance to match your skills and interests to a worthy cause.

“Our Volunteer Fair is one of our largest and most anticipated events of the year,” said Mary Nielsen, President of the Crown Point Community Foundation. “It’s a great opportunity for area nonprofit organizations to meet potential volunteers face-to-face, share their mission as well as to build connections with other charities in our community.”

This year, attendees will have the opportunity to meet representatives from the following nonprofits:

Alzheimer’s Association Greater IN Chapter, Be the Match (CJ Moreno), Campagna Academy, CASA of Porter County, Cats of Saint Francis, Cedar Lake Historical Association, Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana, Chasing Dreams, Crisis Center, Inc., City of Crown Point, Connect Christian Camp & Retreat Center (Formally Camp LRCA), CPR, Inc., Crown Point Birth to School, Crown Point 4th of July Celebration Committee, Crown Point Christian Village, Crown Point Emergency Management Agency 103, Down Syndrome Association of Northwest Indiana & Chicagoland, Edgewater Health, Exceptional Equestrians Unlimited, Inc., Fair Haven, Feline Community Network, Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Friends of Crown Point Adult Learning Center, Friends of the Crown Point Library, G.A.P. Food Pantry, Gary Commission for Women, Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana, Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana, Healing Streams Oasis, Hearts in Motion, Honor Flight Chicago, Humane Indiana, Indiana Adoption Program, Indiana Ballet Theatre, Kiwanis Club of Crown Point, Knight’s of Columbus Bike Project, Lake Area United Way, Lake County Right to Life, Lake County Sheriff’s Department – Protective Order, Assistance Program, Lake County Teen Action Group (Legacy Foundation), Lakeshore Public Media, Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, Lupus Foundation of America, Indiana Chapter, Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana, Methodist Hospitals, Miscarriage, Mothers & Others, Inc., Mommy’s Haven, Nazareth Home, NorthShore Health Centers, Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids Foundation, NWI Parkinsons Inc., Old, Sheriff’s House Foundation, Pack Away Hunger, Phil’s Friends, Planned Parenthood of Indiana & Kentucky, Planting Possibilities, Power Paws for Kids, Prevent Child Abuse Lake County, RiseNWI, Rockopelli, Second Life Resale Shoppe, Shirley Heinze Land Trust, Sojourner Truth House, St. Jude House, Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, The American Cancer Society, The Arc of Indiana, The Lake County CASA Program, The Welcome Network, TradeWinds Deaf Services, TradeWinds Services, Tri-Town Safety Village, United Way of Porter County, AmeriCorps Program, United Way of Porter County Regional Volunteer Center, United Way of Porter County RSVP of Northwest Indiana, Unity Hospice, Volunteer Advocates for Seniors and Incapacitated Adults, Winfield Community Foundation and Wittenburg Village.

In addition to the Volunteer Fair, there will be an onsite Blood Drive conducted by Heartland Blood Centers. Donors are encouraged to visit to schedule their preferred donation time. The blood will be used to help meet the critical needs of patients.

For questions regarding the blood drive, please contact Account Representative, Brandon McCollum, directly at or call 1-800-786-4483 for more information. Potential donors can also text “CHARLIE” to 444-999 to opt into text messaging to receive information about upcoming blood drive events, promotions and blood inventory needs.

For more information about the 9th Annual Volunteer Fair and Blood Drive, please visit the Crown Point Community Foundation at

About the Crown Point Community Foundation: The Crown Point Community Foundation connects people who care to causes that matter. Since 1990, we have served the citizens of Crown Point and South Lake County through a range of charitable and civic activities, while helping individual donors achieve their philanthropic goals. As a public charitable organization, the CPCF is dedicated to building permanently endowed funds. The Crown Point Community Foundation will help to positively shape the future of the community and act as a facilitator of community good.