Community Engagement

Serving the Community in More Ways Than One

In 1913, when Oscar Winski was just getting his scrap business off the ground, a major flood wiped out Lafayette’s Main Street and railway bridges.

In the days afterwards, Oscar went down to the river with his two horses and cleaned up the wreckage one piece at a time.

Flash forward to 2010, and Oscar Winski Company was right back on the river banks, donating roll off containers and other equipment for the De-Trash the Wabash campaign to clean up the downtown river area.

Like bookends in a long history of community service, these similar events reflect the spirit of Oscar Winski Company’s hometown pride. Oscar Winski Company and the Silver and Bluestein families associate with a variety of charitable projects; you can find a comprehensive list of the various projects below.

A History of Contributing to the Community

Oscar Winski, founder

• Reserve Lafayette police officer

• Member of the Odd Fellows philanthropic organization

Louis Winski, 2nd generation ownership

Deputy Sheriff

• Member of the Elks Club

• Spoke at bond rallies during WWII


The Silvers, Bluesteins and Oscar Winski Company Associates
(Generations 3, 4 and 5)

Numerous donations to Purdue University

• Purdue Environmental Sciences Department Henry Silver Scholarship

• American Cancer Society – Relay for Life - Lafayette

• Susan G. Komen – Race for the Cure - Indianapolis

• American Heart Association – Heart Walk - Lafayette

• American Red Cross - Tippecanoe County Chapter

• United Way of Greater Lafayette

• Leadership Lafayette

• Habitat for Humanity - Lafayette

• Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk – Crawfordsville

• House of Refuge – Indianapolis

• Kid’s Peace Foster/Adoptive Parents

• St. John Lutheran Basketball League – Indianapolis

• Temple Israel Sisterhood – Lafayette

• Gideon International – Indianapolis

• Greater Lafayette Recreational Soccer Alliance

• Lafayette Historial Society

• Hanna House

• Lafayette Urban Enterprise Association

• Wolf Park