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Resource Center

What is a Parent Resource Center (PRC)?

Families today have many concerns.

The Parent Resource Center at IPI is where caregivers can share their concerns and find solutions. The Parent Resource Center connects caregivers to resources in the community that provide services in employment, childcare, education, healthcare, after-school programs, finances, etc.

Check out the Community Bulletin Board below for current opportunities and events being offered in the community.

PRC Services

Family Support Services Family Life Coach Parent Support Group

Community Bulletin Board

Opportunities and events being offered in the community:

Dated Offerings | Free Stuff | Stuff for your Kids | City/Township Offerings
Job Readiness Opportunities | Job Offerings | Other Stuff

Dated Offerings

  1. Job Fair for Black America-Gary at the DuBois Library Auditorium, 1835 Broadway, Gary on February 19 from 10am-1pm. Employers will be recruiting for open positions. Please wear appropriate business attire and bring your current resume. Please register at www.eddietaylorphd.com. You will receive a registration ticket to bring to the event. However, walk-in job seekers are welcome.

    Employers at the fair will include:
    • Primerica (seeking Managers; Client Relations)
    • Schneider (seeking Regional-Over the Road Driving; Paid CDL Training)
    • Indiana Department of Corrections (seeking Custody Officers; Maintenance)
    • Indiana State Excise Police (seeking Police Officers)
    • US Customs & Border Patrol (seeking Various Positions)
    • Horseshoe Casino (seeking Hourly & Salaried Positions in the Hospitality Industry)
    • CVS (seeking Management and Pharmacy Technicians)
    • Federal Express (seeking Drivers)

  2. On February 19 from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, the Urban League will hold an Orientation for its 8-week Lawn Care Employment/Entrepreneurship program, in collaboration with the city of Gary. This program, taught by Mrs. Kamilah Moore and Ms. Diana Sandlin, will teach you the basics on how to start your own business. Not only will this program benefit your future business, it will also ensure you become successful as a business person. All participants that complete the program will receive a business credit and a certificate of graduation.

    Classes will be held every Wednesday and Thursday starting on March 11th. Some of the topics that will be discussed are:
    • Exploring the Internet
    • Resume Building
    • Marketing yourself and your business
    • Finding correct forms for start-ups
    • Plus many more!

    Please contact the Urban League at (219) 887-9621 if you have any more questions.

  3. Join Mayor Karen and Bishop Paul Morton for a One Night Revival - an evening of prayer and praise - on February 19 at New Bethel Fellowship COGIC, 110 W. 43rd Ave., Gary at 6pm. 100 Gas Cards will be distributed - 1st come, 1st served.

  4. Future Workers of Northwest Indiana is offering a FREE seminar on February 21 from 12p-3p for young men & women ages 14-18 to assist with job searches. Assistance will be provided with filling out applications, resume writing, and proper interview etiquette. Refreshments will be served. Hammond Public Library, Community Room, 564 State St., Hammond. Must RSVP, as space is limited: (219) 689-6591 (ask for Elvira).

  5. Financial aid professionals will volunteer at Indiana University Northwest and 35 other Indiana sites to help college-bound students and their families open the door to financial aid during College Goal Sunday, set for 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22 in Hawthorn Hall, Room 428.

  6. The City of Gary Health Department is hosting a Lunch & Learn to discuss the recent outbreak of measles, and increasing the immunization rates for preventable diseases, on February 26 from noon to 1pm at the Gary Police Station, Community Room, 555 Polk St. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP at (219) 882-5565.

  7. Join the Salvation Army for a delicious meal prepared by U-Cook's cooking school chefs on February 26 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Service Doctor, 5150 US Hwy 30, Merrillville. They only ask you donate dried and canned goods to help provide a healthy meal for those who are in financial crisis or homeless for FREE entry and pasta bar. Appetizer and dessert bars are available for an additional $5 per person. Contact (219) 838-1328 for further information or to RSVP.

  8. Lake County Minority Health Coalition presents Shower Your Baby with Love: Town Hall/Community Baby Shower providing information on Infant Mortality and Breastfeeding, set for March 7 from 10:00am to noon, at Ivy Tech Community College, 1440 E. 35th Ave., Gary. Please RSVP with Ms. Hamlin at (219) 885-9755.

  9. Join Ranger Gail Cross on March 11 from 10am - noon as she reads fun books, plays interactive games and leads nature exploration built around a theme for the month. Douglas Center - Nature Tots is geared toward 2 - 5 year olds and their parents. No registration required and it is free! Call 219-395-1821 for more information.

  10. Yoga Tales is coming to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education, 100 N Lake Street, Gary on March 28 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. Join local yoga expert Angela Appleton-Carver for a free, one hour yoga tale. This program is created to teach yoga poses & postures through storytelling. Children aged 5-12 years can have fun while learning the practices and principles of yoga. Parents can also participate.

  11. The Office of Career Services at Indiana University Northwest will be holding its 14th Annual IUN Job Fair on April 10th from 9:00am - 12:30pm in the Savannah Center Gymnasium at the University. Please attend if you are seeking internships or full-time professional employment opportunities.

  12. The Career Services Office of Calumet College of St. Joseph is holding its Spring Job Fair on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 1pm-6pm. The Fair will be held on the second floor at 2400 New York Avenue, Whiting, IN. This event provides employers the opportunity to meet with and interview current students, alumni, and local area residents. For further information, contact Academic Support Services at (219) 473-4352.

Free Stuff   (back to menu)

  1. Prom Genie is a Not-For-Profit Organization 501(c)3 that provides free prom dresses to High School Girls in Hammond and the NWI area. Please contact them for further information: (219) 230-6483, promgenie.org, or promgenienwi@aol.com.

  2. During scheduled Fridays from Feb. 6 – April 10, Northwest Indiana families and individuals earning less than $50,000 will be able to take advantage of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Sponsored by the IU Northwest School of Business and Economics, Northwest Indiana Community Action, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the program provides free electronic tax filing of federal and state income tax returns.

    Those interested in utilizing the service are asked to bring the following applicable documents:
    • All W-2 forms;
    • 1099 forms;
    • Social Security and government payment notices;
    • Tax rebate amounts received and any other notices of income;
    • Mortgage interest, taxes paid, qualified tuition payments, contributions and rents paid;
    • Names and addresses of landlords; and
    • Any other tax-related information.

    In addition, all social security cards and birthdates of filers and their dependents, and state-issued picture IDs of all filers, must also be presented.

    The tax services will be provided by business and accounting students at IU Northwest, who are trained by faculty members and IRS representatives to prepare the tax returns. For more than 30 years, students of IU Northwest’s AACSB-accredited School of Business have received practical, hands-on experience in tax preparation and customer service, while providing free tax-preparation services to Northwest Indiana families.

    VITA appointments will be taken on scheduled Fridays from 5 until 8 p.m. in the Dunes Medical/Professional Building, Room 1103. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Femi in the School of Business and Economics (Dunes Medical Professional Building, Room 1103) or by phone at (219) 980-6552.

  3. FREE Stuff: Clothing, Furniture, TVs, Kitchen Appliances (e.g., microwaves), even Medical Supplies.

  4. Free food and clothing are given away to the community every 4th Saturday of the month at Zion Progressive Cathedral International in Gary from 11am to 2pm. Contact (219) 882-ZION(9466) for further information.

  5. Get your Free Lunch at the Salvation Army, 513 W. Chicago Ave., East Chicago, Monday through Friday from 12pm to 1pm. Contact (219) 398-2939 for further information.

  6. Pantry on the Go is a program where the NWI Food Bank loads up its truck and goes into distressed communities throughout Lake and Porter Counties that do not have access to a traditional food pantry to set up a temporary food pantry to distribute free food. The food they give out is based on the food pyramid, so they give away grains, dairy, protein, fruits, and vegetables. Their goal is to get a lot more fresh produce out into the community.

    All distributions take place on a Wednesday from 4-6pm Central Time. Saturday distributions at the Renaissance Towers Apartments take place from 9:30am-11am. This service is available to all Northwest Indiana residents in need of food assistance. Please bring valid proof of Indiana residence (driver’s license, state ID, utility bill, etc.) for service.

    Upcoming Pantry stops include:

    • Coming Soon...

    If you are in need of a pantry, please visit NWI Food Bank's I Need Help page for a full listing of their member pantries and soup kitchens.

    Other services offered by NWI Food Bank:
    • The Kids Cafe'® Program provides free meals and snacks to low-income children through a variety of community locations where children already congregate--such as Boys & Girls Clubs, churches or public schools. In addition to providing meals to kids, all Kids Cafe'® programs also offer a safe place where, under the supervision of trustworthy staff, a child can get involved in educational, recreational and social activities.
    • The BackPack Program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations. Backpacks are filled with food that children can take home on the weekends. The food is child-friendly, nonperishable and easily consumed. The backpacks are discreetly distributed to children on the last day before the weekend or holiday vacation.

Stuff for your Kids   (back to menu)

  1. The Gary Youth Services Bureau announces Year-Round AfterSchool Programming for Gary Youth:
    Director Ken Patrick Barry, in partnership with the Superintendent of Public Parks Lori Latham, has created multi-site out-of-school time programs for youth ages 4 to 20 beginning Monday, September 29, 2014. Utilizing park pavilions as community youth centers, the YSB hopes to serve over 500 youth daily.

    Programs will include:
    • academic enrichment
    • tutoring through a partnership with the Food Bank of Indiana’s Project HOPE
    • free hot meals
    • nutrition education
    • fitness and physical education
    • boys and girls mentoring
    • fall baseball and girls softball sponsored by Major League Baseball’s RBI program with help from the Gary Railcats
    • girls and boys basketball
    • cooking classes
    • chess
    • visual and performing arts
    • and more.

    The YSB will also launch "The Underground", a safe place for teens to socialize, explore their creative interests, engage in test prep, learn about college and careers, learn how to be entrepreneurs, take advantage of leadership and service learning opportunities, and help create innovative programs.

    For more information, contact (219) 881-5270 or email garyysb@gmail.com.

  2. The Women for Christ Ministry of Christ Baptist Church invite the children and youth in the community to their Tutoring Program, each Tuesday beginning August 26, 2014, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm for the 2014-15 school year. For more information, contact (219) 938-5504.

  3. Looking for some awesome CHILDCARE? Visit the Riley Child Center in Hammond, across from the Purdue-Cal campus, to learn more. Also, check out this flyer. To schedule your tour, contact (219) 989-2343.

  4. Community Organizations for Families and Youth (COFFY) is seeking youth volunteers to help promote anti-violence throughout our community. They ask that you complete and return to them this Gifts Talents Skills Matrix, to learn how best to apply to the cause those talents you bring to the table. For more information, contact Albert Gay at (219) 757-1836.

  5. New Generation Youth & Family Services presents a FREE Pregnancy Prevention Workshop on the 4th Thursday of every month, excluding holidays, at 839 Broadway, Suite LLB95, Gary from 6 pm - 7:30 pm. This class is for males and females aged 12-18. Refreshments will be served.

    Students will learn the following:
    • Discuss the risky behaviors sex, alcohol and drugs that youth are involved in
    • Discuss decision making tools to help decide to abstain or protect
    • Discuss the consequences of unprotected sex
    • Bring awareness to the economic impact of pregnancy on youth, family & community
    • Discuss how utilizing drugs and alcohol leads to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Drug Addicted Babies

    Contact (219) 951-4063 for further information.

City/Township Offerings   (back to menu)

  1. The City of Gary Recycling Department offers FREE tire collections at 900 Madison St. Monday thru Friday. Gary citizens can drop off 4 tires between the hours of 8am to 2pm. And starting February 16, 2015, they will also offer FREE shredding to Gary citizens at 900 Madison St., three days out of the week.

  2. Click here for Gary Public Transportation Corporation (GPTC) Schedule Updates.

  3. WARMING SHELTERS OPEN
    Gary citizens in search of relief from freezing temperatures can go to the following 2015 Winter Season Warming Centers: 1) Calumet Township Trustee Multi-Purpose Center, 1900 W. 41st Ave., Gary, (219) 880-4901, 24 hours; 2) Genesis Convention Center, 5th Ave. & Broadway, Gary, (219) 882-5505, 9a-5p M-F; 3) Hudson-Campbell Fitness Center, 455 Massachusetts St., Gary, (219) 886-2814, 6a-9:30p M-F, 9a-1p Sa-Su

    Due to the extreme cold weather, Heritage Hall Community Center, 4506 Todd Avenue, East Chicago has been designated a "Warming Shelter" by the City of East Chicago Emergency Management Agency. Heritage Hall will be open as a warming center from 7:00 pm till 7:00 am during inclement weather.

  4. The Urban League of NWI offers Digital Literacy Classes. In just 7 lessons, you will be get the proper training and skills that you need, such as:
    • Introduction to Computers
    • Common Computer Terminology
    • Computer Functions, performance, and Features
    • Computer Operating Systems
    • Preparation for College
    • Internet, World Wide Web, Email, Blog, Instagram, and the Cloud
    • Spreadsheet and Database Development

    Contact the Urban League at (219) 887-9621 for more information.

  5. Optometry Services now available at North Shore Health Centers' Lake Station location, 2490 Central Avenue! Sliding scale fees are available for patients who are uninsured.

    Offering a range of services, including:
    • Comprehensive Eye Exams (for patients as young as 3 years old)
    • Diabetic Eye Exams
    • Cataract Evaluations
    • Glaucoma Evaluations
    • Eye Infections Management
    • EyePACS Photography
    • Contact Lens Services
    • Optical Dispensary.

    Hours: Monday, Thursday: 8:30am - 5p; Tuesday, Friday: 8:30am - 12p; Wednesday: 10:30am - 7p. For appointments or more information, please call 219-763-8112.

  6. The Gary Health Department is taking appointments for the Affordable Care Act health insurance enrollment period. Enrollment days are every Wednesday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm until February 11, 2015. Appointments can be made by calling the Gary Health Department at 219-882-5565.

  7. The Gary Health Department, 1145 W. 5th Ave., Gary is offering FREE flu shots for Gary residents only. Flu shots will be given every Thursday beginning October 2, 2014. Appointments preferred, however walk-ins are accepted. Must show proof of residency. For further information, please call the Health Department at 882-5565.

  8. To increase access to civic legal aid for residents in North Lake County, Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) now has staff in East Chicago on Mondays & Wednesdays. A paralegal, fluent in both English & Spanish, is available from 10am - 4pm on these days at the Catholic Charities office at 3901 Fir St. in East Chicago's Indiana Harbor neighborhood.

    ILS, a nonprofit organization, provides FREE legal counsel to low-income persons, seniors, and victims of domestic violence on civic legal issues that threaten an individual's ability to obtain (or maintain when threatened) basic necessities. ILS attorneys handle civil cases relating to families | housing | employment | public benefits | healthcare | consumer law matters. ILS cannot accept cases that might generate attorney fees.

    To be eligible for FREE services, a person must have a household income that is less than 125% of the federal poverty income level, meaning an income of $14,353 for a 1-person household or an income of $29,438 for a 4-person household. Clients must be US citizens or documented immigrants, except in certain limited circumstances.

    If you have a civic legal problem that requires immediate attention, call ILS at 888-255-5104.

  9. Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, located at 450 W. 100 North in Valparaiso, offers FREE admission the first Tuesday of every month. And during the winter, don't forget to pick up your snowshoes at the gatehouse (available for both children and adults) to explore their snow-covered trails; they are free with admission, on a first come-first served basis. For more information, contact (219) 742-2571 or visit them online at Taltree.org. Click here for their Calendar of Events.

  10. Open Stage: Life Spoken Through Your Art, every last Tuesday of the month from 7pm - 9pm at 444 Caribbean Grill, 444 S. Lake St., Gary. If your art is Singing | Poetry | Drawing | Painting | Acting | Etc., ARISE Gary wants you to come out and share your talent. For more information, contact (219) 885-9384.

  11. Beyond the Baby Blues NWI Peer Support, 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5:30pm to 7pm at Portage Public Library, Conference Room, 2665 Irving St., Portage. This support group is for women experiencing Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorder, including depression, anxiety and panic disorder. Come and share your struggles and stories. For more information, contact NorthShore Health Centers at (219)763-1508 or mhigel2@northshorehealth.org.

  12. NorthShore Health Centers presents its FamilyFoodFun monthly meetings, which include story and floor time activities, a cooking/nutrition class, as well as raffles and giveaways. Families will enjoy a home-cooked, hot lunch while also receiving updates on NorthShore's services and community events. Held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 11am at NorthShore's Lake Station site (2490 Central Ave.), this meeting is FREE for families whose youngest child is between 1 month to 2 years of age. RSVP is required via phone or e-mail. For more information, contact NorthShore Health Centers at (219) 763-8112, ext. 1811 or at mhigel2@northshorehealth.org.

  13. The City of Gary is launching a campaign to help keep residents informed on the progress of potholes being filled and how to report a pothole that needs to be filled. 1) Call it in to (219) 881-1311, 2) Submit it online at gary.in.us, 3) Download the City of Gary 311 app and report it there. Visit this link for details and to download the app: http://www.gary.in.us/publicworks/citizen-311-responder.asp

  14. Are you a resident of East Chicago, Hammond, Highland, Munster or Whiting? Then the North Township Trustee is at your service, providing assistance to those in need. The Township provides: food | shelter | utility service | clothing | medical/prescriptions | burial/cremation. Are you eligible? Click here to find out.

    Their programs include:
    • Dial-a-Ride
      FREE bus service within the East Chicago, Hammond, Highland, Munster and Whiting communities between 8am and 3pm. Will take you to the doctor's appointment, grocery shopping, fitness center, dentist, etc. Call 219-932-2530, #4 for further information.
    • School Clothing & Supplies
      Giving youth school necessities.
    • Emergency Victim Relief
      Supplying disaster victims with everyday necessities.
    • Wicker Park
      Volleyball, golf & tennis lessons. Special events and activities.
    • Workfare
      Clients working for assistance.

    To apply for service, click here. Or contact their offices at:
    1. 5947 Hohman Avenue
      Hammond, Indiana 46320
      Phone: 219-932-2530
      Monday-Thursday 8am-6pm
    2. 2105 Broadway Street
      East Chicago, Indiana 46312
      Phone: 219-398-2435
      Tuesday-Friday 8am-6pm

    Click here for a list of family services providers in the Township area.

Job Readiness Opportunities   (back to menu)

  1. Did you know that in as little as 6 months, you could be earning as LEAST $30,000/year in one of these industries: Manufacturing | Healthcare | Transportation, Distribution & Logistics | Hospitality & Tourism? Scholarships are available. Go to your local WorkOne office to find out if you qualify or call (877) 607-0680.

  2. Not sure which direction you should be going?
    • Are you between 17-21 years of age?
    • Do you have a career in mind?
    • Do you know if it is the right career for you?

    Let WorkOne help you:
    • Exposure to various aspects of an industry
    • Internships & Job Shadowing
    • Paid & unpaid community service work experiences
    • Entrepreneurship
    • and MORE!

    Contact your local WorkOne youth representative, Ms. Kris, today to discuss eligibility and to complete an application: 3522 Village Circle, Gary | (219) 981-4100, x308. Or click here to learn more about the WorkOne Youth Programs available throughout Northwest Indiana.

  3. Indiana Plan for Equal Employment works to provide opportunities for minorities, women, and disadvantaged workers in the construction industry. It is a pre-apprenticeship program that assists these populations as they work towards acceptance into a formal apprenticeship program.

    The training seeks to provide individuals with a basic understanding of the education that is required in any building trades program. Following training, individuals will have broader opportunities for employment as they are placed into construction jobs at a training rate that provides more valuable experience for them to gain acceptance into a formal apprenticeship.

    Indiana Plan’s northern Indiana office is located in the Urban League building. If you have any questions or would like to seek a career in the construction trade, please contact Brian Shipp or Tamara Bradley at 219-884-4503.

  4. Seeking Volunteers: The IRS is looking for people to provide free tax help next year. The Urban League of NWI will be operating the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for the 2014 income tax filing system. The program offers FREE income tax preparation assistance for taxpayers with income of $53,000 or less. Positions needed: Volunteer Tax Preparers | Volunteer Screeners/Greeters. No experience necessary. Free tax law training. Computers & materials provided. Please contact Tersina Jones, Site Coordinator, at (219) 887-9621 or at tjones@ulofnwi.org for more info.

  5. The Urban League of NWI offers Job Readiness Services at their offices. These services are available on Wednesdays from 10:00 AM—2:00 PM. The purpose of these services is to help individuals in their job search, help them connect with the right people, and set themselves up for future success.

    The following are a list of services that the Urban League offers:
    • Indiana Career Connect/Work One
    • Resume Development
    • Interviewing Skills
    • Mock Interviewing
    • Dress for Success
    • Completing Applications
    • Cover & Thank You Letters

    They also offer specialized services and workshops that train beginners on different computer skills such as basic computer knowledge, creating an email account, internet job search, and introduction to business and entrepreneurship.

    For more information, feel free to contact the Urban League at (219) 887-9621.

  6. Department of Labor YouthBuild-Gary, a FREE program offering classes to young adults ages 17 – 24 who want to earn their diploma, is now having open enrollment. There is still time to join, but space is limited. If you want to earn your High School diploma, to learn and get certified in the carpentry trade, and earn money for college, visit www.dolyouthbuildgary.org for more information. Or contact Anew Life Youth Development Corp. at (219) 880-2552.

  7. If you are interested in starting a business, or have a business and need some assistance, call 219-644-3513 to set up an appointment with NWISBDC Business Advisor Bill Gregory. Or visit www.nwisbdc.org, apply to be a client by filling out a business survey and submit. A business advisor will call you to set up an appointment at the Gary Annex Building. There is no charge for our services unless you sign up for a workshop.

  8. Looking to start a small business? Meet one-on-one the 1st Tuesday of each month, 9am - 12pm at 839 Broadway, with a counselor offering technical, legal, and financial support for entrepreneurs in Gary. Services include advice on business plans, start ups, expanding businesses, incorporating, financial projections, and applying for small business loans. Contact Kyle Johnson at (312) 275-3000, x133 for further information.

  9. Urban League of Northwest Indiana is seeking volunteers to mentor and tutor youth in the areas of Algebra | English | Public Speaking. Retired teachers are welcome! For more information, contact the Urban League at (219) 887-9621 or visit their website at www.urbanleagueofnwi.org.

  10. Project: AWAKE (Assisting Workforce by Advancing Knowledge for Employment). Learn in-demand skills at NO COST to begin a new career in Advanced Manufacturing. Click here for further details.

Job Offerings   (back to menu)

  1. Everybody Counts is HIRING!
    • Counselor/Advocate
      Personal experience with disability, excellent people skills, ability to organize thoughts, interest in social justice and the desire to help others achieve personal and professional goals. Should have basic computer skills and be able to maintain good records. Spanish-speaking or some American Sign Language helpful.

    • Office Manager/Secretary
      Personal experience with disability, self-starter with excellent computer, general clerical and organizational skills, able to work independently but can also follow directions and juggle multiple tasks but know to ask for clarifications as needed. Spanish-speaking or some American Sign Language helpful.

    To apply: Send cover letter and resume to info@everybodycounts.org or to Everybody Counts, 9120 Connecticut Dr., Suite E, Merrillville, IN 46410.

  2. IUN is seeking a part-time Customer Service Associate. This position provides customer service and clerical support within the offices of Parking Services, Campus Card Services and Office of the Bursar.

    Candidate must be able to provide excellent customer service and communication regarding university policies and procedures to students/staff/community in person, by phone and by email. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: data entry, payment processing, and ID creation. HS Diploma required, and 1 year of office experience preferred. Proficiency with computers, spreadsheet/word processing software, and database operations desirable. Must be able to multitask in an environment with multiple deadlines and to work independently with minimal supervision. Excellent interpersonal skills, enhanced organizational skills, and the ability to make sound judgments and decisions are necessary.

    Average hours: 15 hours/week. Rate: $8.25/hour.

    The office is open from 8am to 5pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; and from 8am to 6pm Monday and Thursday. Must be willing to be flexible in regards to scheduling. Peak periods may require additional hours.

    To apply: upload your resume and cover letter to the IU Northwest OLA system.

  3. Mental Health America is HIRING!
    • Healthy Families Family Support Specialist
      Full-time position for motivated individual to provide direct services in community based settings, completing home visits for an innovative child abuse/neglect prevention program.

      Requirements:
      • Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology or other human services related field strongly preferred
      • Excellent written and verbal skills
      • Strong computer skills, proficient with Microsoft Office and comfortable learning new software programs
      • Experience working with culturally diverse population, families and children
      • Reliable, insured automobile and ability to travel in all areas of Lake County

      Submit resume and cover letter to Debbie Price, HF/Finance Director via email at dprice@mhalakecounty.org. This position will remain open until all positions are filled.

  4. Please contact the Urban League of NWI at (219) 887-9621, or visit their website at www.urbanleagueofnwi.org, for further details on the job postings listed below:
    • 13091 Academic Advisor/BGS Assistant Administrator, IUN
    • Valparaiso University has job postings
    • 2nd Shift Maintenance Technician for International Paper
    • Non-Union Route Sales Representative, Aramark Uniform Service (Merrillville office - 141 E. 91st Drive)

  5. International paper currently has openings for the following positions: 1) 2nd Shift Liner Machine Operator, 2) Liner Machine Quality Technician, and 3) 2nd Shift Production Supervisor. Please apply online at www.internationalpaper.com/careers.

  6. The Clean Air Car Check vehicle emissions testing stations are looking for friendly, dependable team players to work outside in our test lanes on a part-time basis. Part-time employees are eligible for paid holidays and vacations, safety and other incentive plans, and frequent pay increases. If you are at least 18 years old with a valid driver's license and would like to supplement your income while helping to protect the environment, apply in person at any of the following Clean Air Car Check locations:

    • 1231 Gostlin, Hammond
    • 232 Ivanhoe Court South, Griffith
    • 755 N. Industrial Blvd., Crown Point
    • 325 Sullivan St., Hobart
    • 2503 Beech St., Valparaiso
    • 3901 W. 4th Ave., Gary
    • 577 Melton Rd., Portage.

    For more details, call (888) 240-1684.

  7. Woodward, Inc. is presently seeking a part-time Administrative Assistant who can also work from home. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
    • Filing
    • Scanning
    • Ordering supplies
    • Generating form
    • Data entry
    • Special projects as needed.

    Desired Skills:
    • Strong organizational skills
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team
    • Ability to keep high level of confidentiality.

    For more information about salary and working hours, please email josephbenson9092@gmail.com.

  8. Indiana American Water is seeking a Manager Operations (37821) for its Gary, IN location. This position manages the development, management, and operation of the facilities and personnel of the Company engaged in the functional area of Production.

    Key Accountabilities:
    • Prepare and control regional construction, operations, and maintenance within established budget limitations.
    • Actual performance compared to O & M and CAPEX budgets.
    • Direct the implementation of standards, targets, policies, and plans to ensure the continuing and increasing operational efficiency, effectiveness, and profitability.
    • The overall goals of the Region and Company are met.
    • Ensure that operational integrity (quality, environment, reliability, health, safety, security, etc.) is maintained.
    • No violations of required or governing federal, state, or local/Company rules, regulations, permits, etc.
    • Develop and direct cost effective solutions to meet customers’ expectations and technical requirements and to encourage best practice and innovation throughout all operational areas.
    • Maintains compliance with internal policies, best practices and reporting deadlines. Maintains water quality customer and public official satisfaction.
    • Implement effective reporting processes. Provide analysis and support to Production Manager with information required for various reports, budgets, and business plans.
    • Meet all reporting and data request deadlines. Achieves 100 percent compliance with regulatory reporting requirements.
    • Implement and foster the coaching and development of employees, including idea generation, within respective functional areas.
    • Completion of employee performance reviews and facilitation of training programs. Ensure that employees are fully supported in addressing their development needs.
    • Support Directors and local operational managers in ensuring effective people management policies and practices are developed and implemented (e.g. time and attendance, workforce management, etc.) and ensure resources are developed and deployed appropriately.
    • Regional efficiency gains and maintains compliance with goals, policies, guidelines, etc.
    • Continue to reinforce the importance of developing a diverse work force.
    • Support the Business Development function in the operational analysis pricing in both the regulated and non-regulated markets.
    • Work collaboratively with other functional leads to mitigate business risks.
    • Implement effective communications at all levels of our operations.
    • Provide effective leadership that will enhance our abilities to be flexible to changing business environments.
    • Contribute to effective communication by listening and providing constructive feedback; supporting the creation of an open and honest work environment; cascading and sharing knowledge and information relevant to other members of the team and colleagues across the business.
    • Feedback.

    Skills/Knowledge/Experience Required:
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  1. Do you need money for college?
    The Urban League of Northwest Indiana is offering multiple scholarships to college-bound high school seniors. Please see your high school counselor for the application or go to the Urban League website at: www.urbanleagueofnwi.org.

    Here is a brief list of the scholarships the Urban League will be offering in 2015:
    1. Eloise Gentry Scholarship — 3 Scholarships @ $500 each for Lake, Porter, and LaPorte County Schools.
    2. Sheriff John Buncich Scholarship — 2 Scholarships @ $500 each for Lake County High School Seniors.
    3. Dr. Bernard C. Watson Scholarship — 5 Scholarships between $500-$5,000 for Gary High School Seniors.
    4. NIPSCO Scholarship — Several multi-level scholarships for LaPorte County Students only.
    5. Senator Carolyn B. Mosby/NIPSCO Scholarship — Several multi-level scholarships to Gary, East Chicago, Hammond, or Merrillville High School Seniors.
    6. Plus many more!!!!

    Make sure to apply as soon as possible, as the application deadline is March 16, 2015 at 2:00 PM.

  2. BALFOUR SCHOLARS PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS
    Once accepted as a Balfour Scholar, students attend a 5-day residential visit to Indiana University-Bloomington. Academy students will participate in informational sessions and activities to develop their abilities to make informed and personalized decisions regarding their collegiate and career paths. Then throughout their senior year, students will continue to receive mentoring and access to resources to help make the transition to college a smooth one. The analytical skills learned through this program are transferable in nature and will allow students to leverage resources on any campus.

    Students should apply if they:
    • Are completing your junior year of high school
    • Are enrolled in a college preparatory curriculum (Core 40 Diploma or Core 40 with Academic Honors Diploma in Indiana)
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
    Note: Priority given to African American, American Indian, and Latino/a students

    The three brief essay questions include:
    1. Why do you want to go to college?
    2. Why are you interested in attending the 2014 Balfour Scholars Pre-College Academy? What do you hope to gain from this experience and how do you think it will help you in the future?
    3. If selected, are there any specific academic programs (majors) and/or student services you would like to be connected with while you are on campus?

    Applications also must include a copy of your transcript and recommendation letter from teacher or guidance counselor. For more information: Steve Corona, Executive Director, Latinos Count. (260) 740-2527 scorona428@gmail.com

  3. The Groups Scholars Program now offering IU undergraduates 4 years of funding.
    The Groups Scholars Program provides financial support for tuition and fees as well as other costs related to attending Indiana University Bloomington. The program will soon expand to provide up to four years worth of assistance. Until this year, the program was funded for the freshman year only—but through a reallocation of resources, IU now plans to ensure that participants in the Groups Scholars Program will receive assistance for a full 4 years. Additionally, IU has announced that those students who are already participating in the Groups Scholars Program will also receive assistance for the remainder of their undergraduate education.

    Eligible students are the first in their family to attend college with limited financial resources from all racial and economic backgrounds. Admission requirements for the IU Groups Scholars Program are available online.

    Once admitted into the Groups Scholars Program, students commit to participation in a 6-week on-campus "boot camp" prior to the start of their freshman year, an intense series of sessions designed to prepare the students for the rigors of college-level studies. That summer program entails prep courses in math, critical reading and English composition, while familiarizing the students with the campus as well as academic expectations. Other key resources, including tutoring and peer mentoring services, aid Groups students in their pursuits of academic excellence and personal achievement.

    The IU Groups Scholars Program admits more than 200 students each year. For more information about the program, visit the Groups Scholars website.

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