Samples of the good that we do!

Rotary Valpo along with Rotary International and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gives polio vaccines to children throughout the world!

Here is a list of the projects we have also donated to locally:  

Valparaiso Rotary Club Awards $11,000 in Grants

The regular meeting of the Valparaiso Rotary Grant Committee was called to order at 11:05 a.m. on Monday October 22, 2018 at Old Town Banquet Center, 711 Calumet Ave, Valparaiso, IN 46383. Co-chair, Lauren Orchard, reported that fourteen organizations had applied for Rotary Grant funds with requests totaling $34,391.

Rotary President, Andrew Lucas, commended the agencies for the services they provide to our community.  He said, “Rotary’s motto is ‘Service above Self’ and we are proud to partner with the organizations that improve the quality of life in our community.”

The following organizations were awarded grants for 2018:

Pines Village—$2,500

Hilltop Neighborhood Food Pantry—$2,500

Opportunity Enterprises—$2,000

Porter County PACT—$1,830

United Way—$1,500

Our Greater Good—$670

The following were awarded grants for 2017:

Family House—New steel entrance security doors

Ivy Tech College—Equipment for the Electrocardiography Tech Program

Our Greater Good—Supplies for Love and Logic Parenting Program

Valparaiso Parks—Tower Park Renovation Project

The Caring Place—Smart TVs and DVRs for the shelter

Visiting Nurse Association—Supplies for the Children’s Phoenix Grief Center

Housing Opportunities—Key lock pads for the new Park Place Residence for Women

Hilltop Neighborhood House—A new outdoor pavilion at Walt’s Place.  This was a district grant with matching funds provided by Rotary District 6540.

Recovery Connection—Renovated front porch and benches.  This was a New Rotary Members’ grant project. 

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. To learn more about the Valparaiso Rotary Club click on our Facebook page at

Previous Past Grant Recipients include the following:

Valpo ParksFoundation - Rebuild ValPLAYso  10,000

Boys & Girls Clubs - 2 bike exergaming system  3,000

Jacob's Ladder - Portable therapy equipment  3,000

YMCA - "Splash!" swim lessons 1,500

Housing Opportunities - Furnaces for Spring Valley 2,500

Opportunity Enterprises - 3 Minivans 5,000

Boys & Girls Clubs - Renovate front desk area 4,300

Project Neighbors - Refrigerators for new apt. project 3,600

Family & Youth Services - New computers 2,600

Housing Opportunities - 16 Keyless lock systems 2,500

Valparaiso University - MLK week activities 2,000

Valparaiso Parks Foundation - Orville Redenbacher statue 5,000

Porter County Community Foundation - Porter County Give Day 5,000

Boys & Girls Clubs - security system 4,000

Sunset Hills Park - community garden 4,125

Housing Opportunities - food pantry donation 1,875

Family House - roof replacement 5,000

Health Linc - medical exam equipment 2,750

Family & Youth Services, Tot Shop - baby cribs 2,400

YMCA - middle school activity night 2,350

VNA - Zoe fluid status monitors 2,500

Hilltop Neighborhood House - Activity Bus for Youth Programs 5,000

VNA of Porter County - Renovation of VNA Center for Grief & Healing building 5,000

United Way Regional Voluntee Center - Stuffed Animals for I Need a Hug program 1,700

Whispering Pines Health Center - New Van to transport residents 1,500

Reilly C. Bush Memorial Foundation - Matching Polo Dress Shirts and Sweatshirts 1,200

Valparaiso Family YMCA - Picnic Tables for new outdoor pavilion 600

Opportunity Enterprises - Lake Eliza Picnic Shelter 5,000

The Caring Place - Replacement of 3 outside doors 4,200

Rebuilding Together - Christmas in April 1,000

City of Valparaiso - Mayor's July 4th Blast 500

Hilltop Neighborhood House - After School Program 500

Valpariso Fire Department - Fire Safety Program for children 300

Taltree - Window on Wetland Project 5,000 

YMCA - Commercial Stove at SELF School 2,500 

HealthLinc - Equipment & Furnishings for Centering Pregnancy Program 1,000

Valpo Parks & Recreation Foundation - decorative landscaping & entrance monument Unknown 10,000

for the round-about at the Eastgate project.

Boys & Girls Club - Air cond. Units, 3 computers, furniture for tutoring room 3,700

Family & Youth Services - copy board sign at Valparaiso office building 2,400

Opportunity Enterprises - sensory equip. for daily living skills/Snoezelen area 1,446

Porter County Agricultural Soc. - towards purchase of projector for videos 1,000

Valparaiso University Dept. of Athletics - automated external defibrillator 1,430

Whispering Pines Health Care Center - Towards purchase of kitchen appliances 1,500

Family & Youth Services -TheraScribe 4.0 software program 2,400

Hilltop Community Health Center - two pediatric exam tables 3,745

Valparaiso Family YMCA  - one spinning cycle for Cycling Room 928

Boys & Girls Club - a Dell 2400 computer for Valparaiso Rotary Club computer lab 645

Christian Community Action - chairs, tables, desks for Spring Valley Shelter 1,000

Hilltop Neighborhood House - 25 cots for Hilltop Child Center 975

Valparaiso Family YMCA - one elevated lifeguard chair 1,399

Valparaiso Dept. of Parks and Recreation - rebuilding Rotary Field 19,000

Boys & Girls Club - public drinking fountain 1680

Hilltop Community Health Center - one Pulse Ox Meter 1,012

Opportunity Enterprises - wheelchair lift for Renewed Horizons Adult Daycare 1,308

United Way/Porter County - booster seats for income-eligible families 1,000

Valparaiso Family YMCA - volleyball system of nets, anchors, poles 1,500

The Caring Place - upgrade shelter kitchen 1,500

Valparaiso Family YMCA - equipment for gymnastics program 1,800

Hilltop Neighborhood House - changing table for diaper changing station 729

Opportunity Enterprises - van to transport Job Coach clients 1,751

Project Neighbors - building materials for co-op food market 2,000

Spring Valley Shelter - clothes washing machine520

Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County - children's room at Hospice Center 25,000

Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County - Hospice Center furnishings 51,000

Home Health Services - snow removal equipment & lawn tractor 800

Opportunity Enterprises - "All About Kids" brochure 600

Boys & Girls Club - computer & printer 600

Hilltop Neighborhood House - pre-school materials 500

Opportunity Enterprises - wheelchair lift for van 2,250

Hilltop Neighborhood - picnic shelter 750

Hilltop Neighborhood - 2 basketball goal packages 1,600

Valparaiso Dept. of Parks and Recreation  - shelter at Forest Park Golf Course 800

Boys & Girls Club - Kindergarten room, games 2,354

Spring Valley Center - sanitary sewage system 1,500

City of Valparaiso - renovation of streetscape by City Hall 1,000

Christmas in April 750 

Special Olympics 250 

VNA of Porter County/Mary E. Bartz Hospice - room renovation, recliner 1,500

Opportunity Enterprises - lift for transferring patients 1,000

Valparaiso Park Foundation - shelter at Fairgrounds Park  3,000

Valparaiso Family YMCA - hydraulic chair lift 1,500

Family House - locker storage area 1,500

Hilltop Neighborhood House - Healthy Kids Food Program 1,500

Opportunity Enterprises - quality education skills training 1,500

Shirley Heinze Land Trust - Meadowbrook Improvement Project 2,500

Taltree Arboretum and Gardens - picnic tables 1,500

The Caring Place - driveway repair at Caring Designs 3,000

The United Way of Porter County - carpet community space 3,500

TOTAL NEED $500,379 Total Given $268,622


We honor all Veterans every year at our Veterans Ceremony. 


We clean up things! And...we give over $30,000 annually to local charities!