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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does GHCS need to continue to serve the Greater Hammond Community?
  2. How can I help?
  3. Is Greater Hammond Community Services, Inc. a new charitable organization?
  4. What happens to the donation I make to GHCS?

What does GHCS need to continue to serve the Greater Hammond Community? 
The first and most important item is local cash donations. Consider that many of the grants that we receive through Federal or State Agencies are "CASH MATCH". This means that GHCS must provide a proportionate amount of money to utilize these funds, often as much as 50% or more. We receive the Agency funds after we spend the funds we have collected from Local sources. Local sources are the cities we serve, business and industry, various organizations and individual contributions.

We serve a large contingent of needy and elderly people and this requires a large number of volunteers. Greater Hammond Community Services has only 8 full time employees on it's payroll however, approximately 700 people volunteer to help each year. Food and personal toiletries are needed on a continuing basis.

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How can I help? 
Donations of money and food can be made to our service facility at 824 Hoffman Street in Hammond. We will provide receipts for tax purposes.  Food donations may be dropped off at the pantry (use rear door in parking lot - ring buzzer) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

We need volunteers to help in our food pantry. Volunteers should call Cindy Bean at 219-933-3454 .  Just let her know that you want to help.


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Is Greater Hammond Community Services, Inc. a new charitable organization? 
GHCS has been in existence since 1975.

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What happens to the donation I make to GHCS? 
The donations received by GHCS go to benefit the people we service in the form of food, toiletries, etc. By utilizing these funds in a very responsible manner we can help more families that have been temporarily set back by illness, job loss, catastrophe, or other hardship.