The Let’s Talk Community initiative represents our passion to better understand the community’s aspirations through public knowledge and insight in order to work toward a better tomorrow. Organizations and communities interested in hosting a community conversation please submit an inquiry to

In 2015, United Way of Porter County, in collaboration with One Region, The Times Media Co. and Lake Area United Way, conducted 55 community conversations in Porter County. Nearly 300 Porter County residents attended kitchen-table style conversations. The result was 7 priority areas:

  • Youth and education
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Livable wage
  • Drug-free community
  • Diverse and inclusive community
  • Highly engaged community


Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed

A.L.I.C.E. represents Hoosier households with income above the Federal Poverty Level but below the basic cost of living.

Some of these individiuals maybe local childcare workers, home health aides, store clerks and office assistants. Many of them trying to make hard decisions about finances. And, having a job that doesn't pay enough to cover life's expenses sometimes disqualifies them from needed social services and support.

As these individiuals and families face challenges, so does the community. The ALICE Report provides research-based data on Indiana's ALICE population and their financial situation. The original report was released in 2014 with an update following every two years.

ALICE_2016 Report 

ALICE 2012 Report