We Stand with Service

Community Support Resources for Northwest Indiana

Front-desk clerks at hotels, servers and bartenders at restaurants and thousands of other hospitality employees have been laid-off or let go. Below we hope you find these resources helpful during the current government-mandated restrictions. Should you know of other resources missing from this list, please let us know so we can share it with our community partners. Email

Support the hospitality industry

Here's a list of Northwest Indiana restaurants offering carryout and delivery plus other ways to help hospitality businesses

Assistance for individuals

Utilities Support and Flexible Payment Plans from NIPSCO
Food Support from the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana
Community Economic Relief Fund from the Lake Area United Way
Jobseeker Services in Northwest Indiana from Work One Northwest Indiana

Learn more about filing for unemployment
Department of Workforce Development COVID-19 Information
File for Unemployment
View the video on how to file for unemployment in Indiana
Watch the video on how to file for unemployment - addressing COVID-19

United Way of Northwest Indiana

United Way has put together a wide selection of resources here for Northwest Indiana, from rent assistance to childcare.

Small business support/loans

Northwest Indiana
Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act
Information on the Paycheck Protection Program as well as the application
Employer Services in Northwest Indiana from Work One Northwest Indiana

Grants for organizations

Emergency Grants for Organizations in LaPorte County from Healthcare Foundation of LaPorte

National organizations' analysis of congressional relief packages

U.S. Travel Association Reacts to Coronavirus Relief Package
COVID-19 CARES Act Relief Resources from U.S. Travel Association
American Hotel and Lodging Association's analysis of the CARE Act

Indiana critical industries information

Critical Industries Hotline and email for Indiana businesses needing answers about whether to continue operations
877-820-0890 or

Resources based on industry

Restaurant and Lodging Support from Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association
Americans for the Arts Coronavirus Resource & Response Center
For hotels, find the latest COVID-19 information and resources at American Hotel and Lodging Association

Free ServSafe Courses
Two FREE courses are available to download from the National Restaurant Association ServSafe program: ServSafe Food Handler, including online training and assessment (available until April 30, 2020), and ServSafe Takeout and Delivery: COVID-19 Precautions, (available in English and Spanish) a training video featuring:

  • An overview of coronavirus, symptoms of COVID-19, and details about its transmission
  • Review of five-step hand washing process
  • Respiratory hygiene practices to reduce the spread of the virus
  • Keeping guests safe through heightened cleaning and sanitizing
  • Guidelines for single-use gloves
  • Packaging considerations for takeout and/or curbside pickup
  • Guest contact precautions during takeout

**Note: These free courses are NOT in lieu of the ServSafe Manager Certification. These free courses are simply intended to serve as supplemental educational tools as you navigate the pandemic.

Partners helping people

If hearing some positive news stories would help you, we've also put together a page on how local businesses are making a difference in this difficult time.