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This article underwritten by: Renetta DuBose

Helping Hands Makes The Arc of NWI Beautiful

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A few rolls into the tray of beige paint are all volunteers from Lakeshore Public Media needed to transform the entry way of the Arc of Northwest Indiana. Executive Assistant Michele Schuchart said the task was small, but mighty.

“We are painting the pillars and that’s all they’ve asked us to do today.”

The Arc, which serves adults with developmental disabilities, is one of several area organizations benefiting from United Way Day of Caring.  Volunteer Services Coordinator Bonnie Gronendyke said the helping hands took a load off of staff members.

“We’re quite busy taking care of what we need to take care of on a daily basis and these projects are things that we can’t always get to.”

Gronendyke said the transformation of the front door pillars was a big help.

“This is huge for us because it is the front entrance of our building and it has been so long since it has been painted.  Now, it gives us a much cleaner look as people come in and it’s a more warm and inviting entryway for our family members, our staff and our clients.  It boosts morale all the way around for everybody that we serve.” 

“Since we are the region’s television station it’s important for us to be visible and help out where it matters most.  This is definitely a worthy cause and we were all eager to sign up and volunteer,” said Schuchart.

Gronendyke said the Arc not only received services, staff also collected items for a local animal shelter. 



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