No matter where she is, Judy Alders has a driving focus.
“I am always up for new adventures, but I hope wherever I am that I am always helping someone,” Alders said.
Alders started volunteering in 2008 when she worked for an organization called Sharefest. After wanting more out of community service, she decided to branch out, and soon founded Neighborlink Porter County. The organization is a not-for-profit that helps residents and organizations seek free assistance from their neighbors, and invites Porter County residents to join volunteer project teams to assist their neighbors. She is now the Executive Director there.
“I feel that I have always had a heart for service,” Alders said. “We want to promote to our kids that this world isn’t all about you and to help those in need.”
One of her favorite projects was helping someone paint their home so that they wouldn't lose it. Alders is proud of all the work she does but knows that there is always more that can be done.
“I feel that this can be a great organization, not just for Porter County, but the whole state,” Alders said.“I am always up for new challenges. I am ready to take the next step one day at a time.”
Since starting the organization, Alders and all of her volunteers have completed more than 800 projects in the community. To her, making a difference in people's lives and listening to people's stories is the best part of the work.
“If you do something you love, you will never work a day in your life,” Alders said, reciting the famous quote. “This job doesn't feel like work to me. We have some great people who help here. Everyone I work with here is like my family.”
Alders’ has spread the importance of community involvement and altruism in her family, involving her children in projects as well.
“I at least never have to make them come out and help me,” Alders said. “Thankfully, I think that they appreciate the value of giving back and helping others.”
Her life philosophy is simple:
“Make sure to always love your neighbor. It feels so rewarding to help people. I would encourage everyone to help someone in need if they can.”