Serving Monroe, Owen, and Greene Counties


Cheers for Our Volunteers!

Hip, hip, hooray for volunteers!
We couldn’t fulfill our mission without volunteers whose dedication is making a positive impact on our community.
Thanks to our Real Men Read volunteers! During the school year our 18 MENtors take time each month to read to over 400 kindergarteners. Participating in trainings and reading in the classrooms, they collectively volunteered over 600 hours.

Volunteer Spotlight: Vanessa Vargas

"I thought that volunteering with the Free Community Tax Service would be a great way to be more involved in the community. People are appreciative. Some clients were from very low-income homes and would not have been able to pay for tax assistance, and being able to help was the best part of my experience," Vanessa Vargas, a senior at Indiana University said about her role as a Free Community Tax Service volunteer site coordinator for United Way.

Growing a Love for Reading

"They're totally awesome." "I read 'Corduroy' yesterday, and my brother read a little bit of it." Kindergarteners are clearly excited to be taking part in United Way’s Real Men Read program.

Once a month, male volunteers read to kindergarteners in their classrooms, and each child is provided with a copy of the book to take home. These 18 volunteers, called “MENtors,” show students that reading is important to everyone.


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