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Horizon Bank donates to We Are Porter County Emergency Response Fund at Porter County Community Foundation

VALPARAISO, IN. — In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Porter County Community Foundation has established the We Are Porter County Emergency Response Fund. This fund is providing rapid-response support to nonprofit organizations on the front lines serving our community during this time of crisis. 


Horizon Bank recently contributed $10,000 to the fund.  “Horizon Bank is committed to helping our communities and give relief to those most impacted by the COVID-19,” said Mark Ritzi, Horizon Bank Mortgage Officer and Market President of Porter County. “These are unprecedented times and we want to do our part to help. We will get through this – and encourage our communities to stand together during these trying times.”


Working together with United Way of Porter County to assess needs, the emergency response fund has so far awarded over $25,000 to organizations in our community. Meals on Wheels NWI received funds to meet their expanding needs due to the closure of congregant meal sites and will purchase frozen meals to enhance the hot meal delivery program. Moraine House received funds to assist their clients in recovery with paying rent during the shelter-in-place order. Many have been laid off at this time and this assistance allows them to focus on recovery without having to worry about paying rent. Due to the temporary closure of their resale shop, New Creation Men’s Center has lost significant program revenue, but the funds they received will allow the building to remain operational as a temporary shelter for homeless men. NorthShore Health Centers received funds to purchase personal protective equipment to keep their staff and patients safe. The VNA of NWI received funds to help with technology so they could expand their remote working capabilities.


“We are grateful for the gift from Horizon and the tremendous support we’ve had from the community” said Bill Higbie, President & CEO of the Porter County Community Foundation. “Generosity has never been more important.  Thanks to a match pool established by a special group of Foundation friends, gifts from the community will be matched dollar for dollar.” It is simple and safe to give online at

Gather. Grow. Give. For Good. The Foundation works to inspire enduring generosity and kindness in our community. Learn more at


About Horizon Bank

Horizon Bancorp is a locally owned, independent, commercial bank holding company serving Indiana and Michigan through its commercial banking subsidiary Horizon Bank. Horizon also offers mortgage-banking services throughout the Midwest. Horizon Bancorp may be reached online at Its common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol HBNC.



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Eryn Leonhard, Communications & Marketing Coordinator

Porter County Community Foundation
(219) 465-0294 |

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