GARY — Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana announced today that it received a $10,000 grant from the NiSource Charitable Foundation, the charitable arm for NIPSCO. Funds will be used to complete one living area in a Habitat for Humanity partner family home in Lake County, Indiana.
“On behalf of every staff member and volunteer at Habitat, we are very grateful for the generous support from the NiSource Charitable Foundation. Especially at this time, when the COVID-19 pandemic has created a heightened need for the security a home provides families,” said Dawn Michaels, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana.
Director of Public Affairs for NIPSCO, Rick Calinski remarked, “We have a long history of working with Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana to strengthen local neighborhoods and build better communities. In addition to providing grants, NIPSCO and NiSource employees volunteer their time to help revitalize neighborhoods and create affordable and sustainable housing with families in need of a place to call home. In 2018 and 2019, we are proud that our employees volunteered over 300 hours of their time to assist with Habitat projects.”
Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana serves struggling, working families earning between 30 to 80% of the average income across northwest Indiana. Through strong community partnerships with donors, volunteers and dedicated families, Habitat has served 110 families since its inception in 1986.
About Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana: Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana is the leading organization that provides permanent, affordable housing to income-qualified families in Lake County Indiana. By serving qualified homeowners with an affordable mortgage, we help families achieve housing stability and improve their living conditions. HFHNWI’s operating expenses are funded in part by our two ReStores’ located in Gary and Merrillville through the sales of gently used and new home furnishings and materials. HFHNWI leverages our resources with community partners, collaborators and volunteers to keep our housing affordable. We continue work toward our vision; where everyone has a decent place to live.
About NIPSCO: Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), with headquarters in Merrillville, Indiana, has proudly served the energy needs of northern Indiana for more than 100 years. As Indiana’s largest natural gas distribution company and the second-largest electric distribution company, NIPSCO serves approximately 810,000 natural gas and 460,000 electric customers across 32 counties. NIPSCO is part of NiSource’s (NYSE: NI) seven regulated utility companies. NiSource is one of the largest fully regulated utility companies in the United States, serving approximately 4 million natural gas and electric customers through its local Columbia Gas and NIPSCO brands. More information about NIPSCO and NiSource is available at NIPSCO.com and NiSource.com.
About NiSource Charitable Foundation: NiSource established the NiSource Charitable Foundation, with a mission to help create strong and sustainable communities where our employees and customers live and work. In close collaboration with NiSource employees and community partners, the foundation seeks opportunities to provide funding and encourage volunteer support for non-profit organizations in the areas of safety, economic and workforce development, environmental stewardship, STEM and energy education and basic needs and hardship assistance.