Community Spotlight
Our community is filled with passionate leaders and residents, however this business is indelibly linked to its community. They do more than donate monetarily, they strive to achieve excellence in their public works by volunteering. Gail Watkins and Latasha Jones executives with First Midwest Bank have been supporting our organization for the past 5 years, as we endeavor to raise monies needed for many of our community programs.

Here are some of the ways that Gail and Latasha along with their employer, First Midwest Bank, help to make a difference in our community. Both Gail and Latasha with the support of First Midwest Bank took on a full day challenge in assisting us in our United Way “Dare To Care” project. This project took place at an Adult Foster/Adult Day Care Facility. This facility was in dire need of cosmetic repairs such as the painting of the inside and outside of the building and lawn care. Thanks to the hard work and dedication displayed, the seniors there are now able to take part in outdoor activities and enjoy a newly painted entertainment room.

We also have monthly themed summer dances entitled “Dances For Our Stars” for developmentally disabled children and adults. This dance is held in the summer months at Central High School in East Chicago. Thanks to the donations provided by supporters and The Foundations of East Chicago we are able to waive admission fees. Latasha and Gail with their First Midwest Bank team have contributed their time to bring in refreshments and educate caretakers about shared accounts with their disabled children. “Dances For Our Stars” leads up to our Black tie Affair “Love Never Fails”.

We humbly appreciate their participation, each year. At our Annual Black Tie Affair, they help in acquiring First Midwest Bank as a silver sponsors, which enables us to sponsor 20 of our honored guest to attend.

It is easy to see why We Care From The Heart wishes to place the Community Spotlight on Gail Watkins and Latasha Jones, two of First Midwest Bank finest and one of many of our loyal supporters. 

Gail Watkins
Latasha Jones 
2014 United Way Day Of Caring Project