More than 80 Video Entries and 13, 000 Public Votes!

Lake Area United Way launched it’s first-ever “Everyday Community Heroes” video contest on November 12, 2012. The contest was designed to be a fun way to engage the community in celebrating all the many great volunteers who selflessly give of their time, talent and treasure to make a difference in people’s lives.

Contest participants were asked to nominate someone they know who makes a difference in the lives of Northwest Indiana residents in United Way’s three community impact areas: Education, Income/Financial Stability and Health. Video nominations were limited to 90 seconds or less.


A Blue ribbon panel of judges from Lake Area United Way’s Board of Trustees determined the winning entries, also considering public votes.

Overall, 86 video nominations were entered into Lake Area United Way’s “Everyday Community Heroes” video contest and received over 13,000 votes from the general public. Contest winners were announced during a press conference on Thursday, April 4, 2013.


Suicide Prevention Program
(Merrillville High School)

Health – Cash Prize: $1,500


Merrillville Rotary Club
Income/Financial Stability

Cash Prize: $1,500


Books, Brushes & Bands for Education
Education - Cash Prize: $1,500


Calumet College of St. Joseph

(Entire Student Body)
Education – Cash Prize: $500

Merrillville High School STAND Club
Education - Cash Prize: $500

Crown Point High School INTERACT Club

Education - Cash Prize: $500


Lake Area United Way congratulates all the nominees and participants, especially our contest winners. Everyone has something to give back. Our whole community wins when people give, advocate, and volunteer. That’s what it means to “Live United”.

We hope the Live United stories inspire others to roll up their sleeves and get involved in their community. It will make a difference in someone’s life and it will change your life.


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