Plant 19 Helps at The Food Bank or Northern Indiana
Plant 19 team members and several family members spent more than 53 hours in just one day helping at the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. The team assembled 900 food bags for the food bank's Senior Nutrition Program, meeting the program's quota for the entire month! Each shelf-stable bag the team put together helps care for older generations in our communities who are faced with difficult financial decisions like whether to purchase food instead of needed medications or household expenses. 14% of residents in northern Indiana are food insecure, meaning they don't know when they will eat their next meal. In 2016, the Food Bank of Northern Indiana distributed nearly 7 million pounds of food to its network of 200 member agencies in its 6-county service area.
Birthday Cards for Aaron Stamper
When Plant 107's Mike Oden heard about 15-year-old Aaron Stamper's wish to receive dozens of mailed cards for his birthday, Mike didn't waste any time getting the word out to fellow LCI plants. Aaron is battling leukemia and, last April, lost his brother to a fatal car accident. Several LCI plants (107, 260, 210, 85, 57, 28, 227/228 and 241, to name a few!) sent Aaron thousands of birthday cards filled with words of encouragement. This was a tremendous effort made possible by the caring attitudes and compassion of our LCI team members. Way to rise to the occasion!
Plant 227 at Ryan's Place Gala
Team members from Plant 227 volunteered at the Ryan's Place Gala on March 17th. The March Mania-themed event had LCI volunteers helping with an arcade basketball tournament, silent auction, raffle and live auction. Ryan's Place is a children's grief support center in northern Indiana that offers grief support for groups and individuals.
Plant 241 Garage Sale to Benefit The Miracle League of Ellis County
Plant 241 recently held a garage sale to support The Miracle League of Ellis County, a nonprofit that supports physical activity and outdoor recreation for individuals with physical, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. The team's original goal was to raise scholarship funds for 20 of the League's members. In just one weekend, Plant 241 raised enough money to pay for 28 scholarships. More than 20% of Plant 241 team members joined in to support this effort.
Plant 58 Adopts a Highway
Plant 58 adopted a highway through INDOT's Adopt-A-Highway program and participated in their first cleanup. The team had 22 volunteers help with the initial cleanup and tackled a two-mile stretch heading north from the SR 19 bypass exit in Elkhart. The team collected and disposed of more than 30 bags of trash during their first round of cleanups and plan to cleanup their stretch of highway several times throughout their two-year adoption.
Osolo Little League Park Cleanup
The team from Plant 58 helped Osolo Little League Park with opening day preparations. From raking leaves, picking up litter, cleaning and organizing the board room, mowing and stocking apparel items, the team helped the park get into tip-top shape. That's one good looking baseball park!
Dancing With Our Stars for South Bend's Center for the Homeless
The South Bend Center for the Homeless' 10th Annual Dancing with Our Stars Miracle Event featured the one and only Steve Paul of Plant 39. Dancing With Our Stars has been the Center's signature fundraising event, helping house and support the South Bend community's homeless population. Over the last ten years, over 150 people have danced and raised over $3.5 million for the center.
Soup of Success Soup Mixes
Our Corporate office team members and team members from Plant 39 teamed up to help Soup of Success assemble and package various products for the organization. In total, the team assembled more than 400 soup mixes, folded and punched 844 recipe cards, sorted about 15 pounds of navy beans and helped move several items into storage.
Center for the Homeless, LaCasa, Easter Eggs, CR 40, Oh My!
Plants 26 and 30 hosted an appreciation lunch for production workers, powder and fix-it bay departments. The teams had reps from South Bend's Center for the Homeless onsite to answer questions and helped team members get plugged in. The teams held a 50/50 raffle and donated the proceeds to South Bend's Center for the Homeless.
A group of about 15 team members got together to work with LaCasa to build a shed and renovate an apartment complex.
The complex team members took time out of their lunch breaks to help stuff plastic eggs with candy to be donated to Walnut Hill Early Childhood Center. The team donated almost 700 stuffed eggs to the children for an egg hunt.
Last but not least, the Fix-It bay team and drivers cleaned a portion of CR 40 in an effort to make the area look nicer. LCI drivers use this road a lot, and they wanted to make sure that area neighbors associated it not only with the many LCI trucks they see but also with a clean area.
LoveWay Derby Day Fundraiser
LoveWay's Derby Day fundraising event was a huge success this year. Funds raised at the event were nearly triple the amount raised last year! Derby Day helps support LoveWay's therapeutic horseback riding programs throughout the year and ensures that they are able to continue to change the lives of their riders. April Klein, Leah Benavente and Pamela VanderMel helped organize the event as committee members. An additional 30 volunteers from LCI helped set up and tear down for the event.
Plant 260 at Feed The Children
Team members from Plant 260 helped pack boxes at Feed the Children in Elkhart. The team packed enough food boxes, backpacks and essential items to fill an entire semi-truck! The team is excited for their next visit.