Business Briefs – Chicago Tribune

First Financial Bank and First Financial Foundation have awarded $38,500 in grants to organizations in northwest Indiana, part of a collaborative effort to help people and communities in the region thrive and to develop. First Financial’s 2022 annual grant campaign includes 59 organizations in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois.

This year’s campaign grants are geared toward neighborhood development, workforce development and education, and culture and the arts, with a particular focus on low-income communities.

In Northwest Indiana, First Financial has provided grants to Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana, Legacy Foundation, Northwest Indiana Community Action, and Northwest Indiana Reinvestment Alliance.

Total funding from all sources for this campaign is $494,000, making it the largest campaign in First Financial’s history. First Financial has broadened the impact by adding funding from external sources to funding from the First Financial Foundation.

M&M Home Remodeling Services donated the roof for Mendoza’s home, a NWI Habitat for Humanity partner family home in Lake Station.

“M&M is fortunate to be able to partner with a great organization like Habitat NWI to provide assistance to the communities in which we work,” said Nick Yadron, president of M&M Home Remodeling Services. “One of our core values ​​at M&M is generosity. Working alongside the Habitat team offers our employees a great way to put this into practice. »

“We deeply value our partnership with M&M to not only share a love for our mission, but to put a roof over it,” Dawn Michaels, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Northwest Indiana. “Our community partners are invaluable on our journey to building affordable, quality homes. They help us by reducing material costs so that we can build more houses and help even more families! »

M&M is a GAF Master certified roofer who, in partnership, provided the labor and materials to completely install a roof on a Habitat home currently under construction in Lake Station. The Habitat partner family will have a new quality roof to raise their children in complete safety. In-kind support, such as providing shelter, allows Habitat to continue to partner with struggling working families throughout Lake County.

Medical University of Chicago recently partnered with the Northwest Indiana Influential Women Association (NWIIWA) as an elite partner, solidifying and aligning the goals of both organizations to advance the achievements of women across multiple industries.

NWIIWA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the premier professional development association for women in Northwest Indiana. UChicago Medicine, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, has a long and distinguished history of supporting education and career advancement. Together, the two will help start a new chapter of opportunity for women and business throughout the Northwest Indiana community.

The health system that operates four hospitals and a network of outpatient centers in the greater Chicago area will now be an important part of all NWIIWA educational, networking and career development activities. This year, UChicago Medicine opened a $121 million multi-specialty care facility in Crown Point, IN. The 130,000 square foot facility is expected to open in 2024 and will eventually employ at least 150 clinical and non-clinical staff. The healthcare provider has actively formed new partnerships with local organizations to improve quality of life and health outcomes across the region.

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