Michigan City Common Council. Educator; environment & water. Business: Art + Science Works Michigan City, Indiana
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May 7th ALL MCAS 7th graders are participating in a plastic pollution action day
More info here soon
The Michigan City Tree Board is giving away trees at the Farmers' Market
Celebrate Arbor Day- Plant a Tree
The Michigan City Refuse Department will conduct its Annual Spring Clean-Up beginning on March 22, 2021. Refuse Department requests that all residents separate the debris that is to be discarded into the following three (3) categories:
1. Brush, limbs, shrubs, yard waste, and unpainted concrete (no black-top rubble);
2. Rugs, lumber, furniture, mattress, and box-springs; and
3. Appliances and tires. Tires can be rimmed or un-rimmed, and appliances include items such as stoves, refrigerators, air conditions, water tanks, etc.
Tree Stewards introduces a broad range of topics related to the urban forestry discipline and is intended to actively engage those interested in urban forestry and provide them with a base knowledge to become advocates in their communities.
Virtual Lecture Portion via Zoom (1:00-3:30 PM ET):
May 6: Soil Basics and Tree Physiology
May 13: Tree ID and Planting Site Selection
May 20: Proper Planting Techniques & Post Planting Care and Pruning Young Trees
May 27: Tree Defect ID and Pests & Diseases
June 3: Benefits of Trees and Urban Woodlots
June 10: Partner Volunteer Opportunities and Class Wrap-Up
In-Person Field Days:
Outdoor, small-group field days will be offered at multiple locations around the state.
SOUTH SHORE TO CLOSE 11th STREET STATION
South Shore announced that they will be CLOSING the 11th Street Station and parking lots beginning May 1stand will not re-open until the construction is completed in 2024.
Additionally, the two 11th Street parking lots will be closed as they begin the staging for the new station and platforms. The footprint of the east and south parking lots will be used for laydown, staging, and contractor mobile offices.
The train will no longer stop at this station. Carroll Avenue Station and parking will remain open throughout the construction into 2024.
South Shore will coordinate with our Transportation Director Robin Tillman, to get riders to the Carroll Avenue Station.
LaPorte County Housing Analysis and Action Agenda March 26, 2021
More info at https://vibrantlpcounty.com/resources/people/
Dee Haddad-Market Manager
1st Source Bank financial education resource portal: https://1stsource.everfi-next.net/welcome/consumers
The LaPorte County and Gary NAACP branches provide solar job training opportunities to local residents at the job fair event hosted by the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce tomorrow, Tuesday, Apr. 13th, at the Blue Chip Casino from 1 PM until 4 PM.
The opportunity comes after the Michigan City Sustainability Commission voted to support the NAACP’s Soul Power Project. This community project is a collaboration with Elevate Energy, Indiana Workforce Development, and Solar United Neighbors to advance solar installation training opportunities for affected workers and residents in Northwest Indiana, especially those in low-income communities and communities of color and returning citizens.
La’Tonya Troutman, NAACP LaPorte County Branch Environmental Climate Justice Chair, has led community campaigns for social and environmental issues in Michigan City for more than a decade and sees this green job development project as a natural extension of her work. “The Soul Power Project will help our community to advance energy efficiency and clean energy by strengthening community resilience and livability,” says Troutman.
Interested participants will attend and complete a six-week training course with Elevate Energy, weekly Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 2 PM. Elevate Energy, a nonprofit organization with a mission of smarter energy use for all, will provide online and classroom training to prepare future installers for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Certification, the gold star standard in the solar industry, and OSHA 10 Certification. An in-person training component will be held at the Envision Center located at 1835 Broadway St., Gary. Successful completion in the training will include the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10 and NABCEP Certification, in addition to hiring opportunities in the solar industry as solar installers, project managers, and in sales and design.
“The Soul Power project will empower communities by bridging economic inequalities in our region while creating solar energy job possibilities connecting them to living-wage job opportunities in the renewable sector as Indiana begins its energy transition,” says Wesley Scully, NAACP LaPorte County Branch President.
Once applications and prerequisite testing are submitted with Indiana WorkOne, applicants will begin work with career advisors to improve applicants' career readiness. Among those strongly encouraged to apply are residents who do not have a college degree or who are returning citizens. The application deadline is Monday, April 26th, and classes are set to begin May 3rd. Applications can also be submitted and more information about the Soul Power Project or NAACP can be found at Soul Power Project | NAACP LAPORTE COUNTY (naacplaportecounty3061.com)
HOW TO GET YOUR FEDERAL STIMULUS CHECK
Did you miss the deadline to register online for the Economic Impact Payment? You may still be eligible to receive a payment in 2021 if:
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR FEDERAL STIMULUS CHECK
Updated 1 6 2021
Resources to Help You from People Who Care
HOW TO SIGN UP FOR HEALTH INSURANCE, GET PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE
-- Go to www.healthycommunitieslpc.org or call Healthy Communities of LP County at: 219-210-3499
-- Go to www.healthlincchc.org or call 1-888-580-1060.
--For prescription assistance, Catholic Charities at 219-879-9312 or North Central Community Action Agencies at 219-872-0351
--For prescription assistance, contact your local township trustee’s office. (SEE BELOW)
HOW TO FIND FOOD ASSISTANCE
Go to https://hflaporte.org/covid-19-resources/ , click on “Food Pantries” or call 2-1-1
--Apply for SNAP/Health coverage at https://fssabenefits.in.gov/bp/#/
--For food assistance, contact your local township trustee’s office. (SEE BELOW)
HOW TO APPLY FOR HOUSING ASSISTANCE
-- For rental assistance, go to www.indianahousingnow.org or call 1-844-463-7638
--For mortgage assistance, go to Indiana Hardest Hit Funds at http://www.877gethope.org/can-i-get-help#am-i-eligible or call 1-877-281-1488
--For issues regarding homelessness, contact the Home Team at 219-707-0873
--For housing assistance, contact your local township trustee’s office. (SEE BELOW)
HOW TO APPLY FOR UTILITY ASSISTANCE
--Go to www.nipsco.com/assistance, learn about payment arrangements and resources
--Call North Central Community Action Agencies at 219-872-0351
--Call Catholic Charities of La Porte County, IN at 219-879-9312
--For utility assistance, contact your local township trustee’s office. (SEE BELOW)
HOW TO GET CHILDCARE ASSISTANCE
-- Go to https://hflaporte.org/covid-19-resources/ and click on “Community Resources for Parents, Educators & Community Members” or call 2-1-1
-- For food assistance, contact your local township trustee’s office. (SEE BELOW)
HOW TO GET MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
--Call Indiana Be Well at 2-1-1 (Select 3) – Available 24/7 or Swanson Center at 219-879-4621.
HOW TO GET TESTED FOR COVID-19
-- Go to https://lhi.care/covidtesting, call 888-634-1116 or contact your healthcare provider. If you don’t have a healthcare provider, call HealthLinc at 1-888-580-1060
Cass Dara Lee Guse 219-733-2816
Center Lisa M. Pierzakowski 219-362-2736
Clinton Courtni Meyers 219-851-5156
Coolspring Jackie Atwater 219-872-2181
Dewey Dick Bucher 219-754-2159
Galena Edward Hynek 219-778-4932
Hanna Glenn A. Wallace 219-797-3575
Hudson Thomas M. Euler 219-229-6183
Johnson Dan Knowlton 574-876-0876
Kankakee Steve Lestinsky, Jr. 219-362-2391
Lincoln Dennis Christensen 219-369-1163
Michigan Rodney Washington 219-874-5201
New Durham Phillip J. Hannon 219-785-4036
Noble David Doepping 219-767-2317
Pleasant Susan Cable 219-369-1167
Prairie Robert Younggreen 219-863-5798
Scipio Kaelynn D. Deckard 219-608-1853
Springfield Howard C. Conley 219-325-0809/219-324-9572
Union Sherry Morris 219-393-3315
Washington Loretta Rudolph 219-362-5321/219-363-4841
Wills Joan Cuson 574-340-5031
This is a free, state online resource for renters and property managers in Indiana. The dynamic search options allow you to find affordable, accessible and market-rate housing that will fit your needs.
Covid-19 Rental Assistance Program is expected to start phase II shortly. Check the website for more information. www.IndianaHousingNow.org
Additional resources, and answers to frequently asked questions, can be found in the Coronavirus Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Guide.
If you are an Indiana homeowner who’s fallen behind on your mortgage payment due to involuntary unemployment, underemployment, divorce, death of a spouse or medical hardship, we want to help you stay in your home. Our federally funded program provides one-time reinstatement only assistance of up to $30,000 for those that qualify. For more information please visit: http://www.877gethope.org/.
LaPorte County Comprehensive Mental Health Services
Swanson Center’s offices can be reached at 219-879-4621 or 219-362-2145.
If you are in crisis, and need immediate
assistance, please call 855-325-6934.
Stepping Stone Providing victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, our free services include 24/7 crisis lines, intervention, temporary shelter, clothing & food, transitional housing, counseling, support groups, and advocacy. 219-879-4615
Do you know what kind of trees are growing near your house? Why trees are beneficial? How can you help a local tree- adopt it! Check out our Michigan City Forester’s website!