Donations for “Caps for Benches” SUSPENDED until Fall 2019

Due to the overwhelming generosity of the greater Valparaiso community, Pines Village Retirement Communities, Inc. must temporarily suspend accepting clean, recyclable plastic bottle cap donations for their resident-led “Caps for Benches” initiative.

“We are so grateful to the community for their donations,” Pines Village CEO, Laurie Mullet shares. “Together we’ve been able to save nearly 10 tons of plastic from going to local landfills while donating 68 benches and two picnic tables to local nonprofits.”


Pines Village began collecting recyclable plastic caps in 2015. Each bench is constructed of between 200-400 pounds of clean, recycled, plastic caps. All donated caps must be carefully sorted by volunteers (discarding dirty caps, metal of any kind, and non-recyclable materials) as to not damage the recycling equipment.

 After sorting is complete, all clean caps must be delivered to Southern Indiana. Benches then must be picked up and delivered to each recipient in Northwest Indiana.

Pines Village hopes to be caught up with sorting, processing, and delivering recyclable caps and benches by the Fall of 2019, at which time donations would be accepted again.

If you or a group that you belong to would like to volunteer and assist in our recycling efforts, please contact Lynn Meyers at 219-465-1591.

Holly Taylor Joins Pines Village’s Volunteer Board of Directors


Pines Village Retirement Communities would like to welcome Holly Taylor, the newest member of their volunteer board of directors. Taylor comes to this position with a liberal arts degree from Purdue and extensive financial background. Taylor served the last seven years as Deputy Clerk-Treasurer for the City of Valparaiso. Prior to that Taylor worked as a bank teller and personal banker at First National Bank, and bookkeeper at Strongbow Inn.

"We are honored to have Holly join our board of directors," said Pines Village CEO, Laurie Mullet. "Holly's experience serving Valparaiso, paired with her energy and compassion will be a welcomed addition to our board."

Holly is excited to join the board as well. "This will be my first time serving on a board of directors, and I'm thrilled to lend my experience to Pines Village Retirement Communities."

Holly Taylor is also running for Clerk-Treasurer of Valparaiso. When she isn't busy with her career and campaign, Holly enjoys spending time with her husband, Ryan, Jail Captain for the Porter County Sheriff's Department, and her two kids, Lainey and Jackson, as well as baking. The Taylor family enjoys visiting Valpo parks, including hikes at Rogers Lakewood, and dining downtown.


“This will be my first time serving on a board of directors, and I'm thrilled to lend my experience to Pines Village Retirement Communities.”