Showcasing photographs taken by local residents, the ‘This is How I Live United’ gallery captures how our friends, family, and neighbors Live United by giving, advocating, and volunteering to create a better tomorrow for our community.
United Way of Monroe County and our partners work every day to ensure everyone in our community has the building blocks for a better life — Education, Earnings, and the Essentials. And you are part of this work — whether through donations, volunteering, or lending a helping hand to those in need.
When we LIVE UNITED we think outside ourselves. We have the power to bring about positive and lasting change. We improve people’s lives, we build strength in our neighborhoods, we bolster the health and outlook of our community. We each have the ability to LIVE UNITED and improve the lives of those around us every day.
How do you LIVE UNITED? Reading to kids? Volunteering at a food pantry? Helping your elderly neighbor unpack her groceries? Teaching a friend how to balance his checkbook? Being a healthy role model? Mentoring kids after school? Being generous with your time and money? Helping people in a crisis? Taking a meal to a friend during times of need?
These images are from people — like you — who are making a difference as they Live United. Together, united, we can create a better tomorrow.
Feeling inspired? Send us your own pictures showing how you Live United (in a Live United shirt, of course).
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EDUCATION: THIS IS HOW I LIVE UNITED
Jessica creates a fun and supportive learning environment for Olivia at Girls Inc., a United Way member agency. Olivia is better prepared for first grade thanks to her family, Jessica, and Girls Inc. (Photographer: Daisy Chew)
EARNINGS: THIS IS HOW I LIVE UNITEDMelinda and Kati, participate in the Supported Employment program at member agency LifeDesigns and are developing new skills, working in the community, and earning a paycheck — essential parts of living independent lives. (Photographer: Leslie Abshier)
ESSENTIALS: THIS IS HOW I LIVE UNITEDStaci and her son volunteer at Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, a United Way member agency, stocking wholesome foods for pantry clients. With one in five local children experiencing hunger, providing nutritious meals is vital to healthy brain and body development. (Photographer: Paula M. Grez) Read More >>
EDUCATION: THIS IS HOW I LIVE UNITEDBecky enjoys reading with her children outside on a sunny day. Exploring books together helps create strong family bonds and is key to healthy emotional, social, and cognitive development in our youngest citizens. (Photographer: Becky Rose)
ESSENTIALS: THIS IS HOW I LIVE UNITEDMcCoy and Katie prepare nutritious carry-out meals for hungry low-income residents at Community Kitchen, a United Way member agency. (Photographer: Debbie Hopson)
ESSENTIALS: THIS IS HOW I LIVE UNITEDRosemary, Jerry, Kerry, and Doug pursue an active, healthy lifestyle at Area 10 Agency on Aging, a United Way member agency. Physical activity at all ages is beneficial and helps seniors remain in their homes. (Photographer: Jeni Waters)
EDUCATION: THIS IS HOW I LIVE UNITEDHolly and Bronwyn, Monroe County Community School Corporation Social Workers help provide coats, shoes, school supplies, and medical, vision, and dental services so at-risk students can prosper in school. (Photographer: Becky Rose)
ESSENTIALS: THIS IS HOW I LIVE UNITEDMary and Jillian volunteer to grow vegetables, flowers, and skills at the Rooftop Garden project at Middle Way House, a United Way member agency. The garden serves as a learning laboratory for resident children and nurtures a sense of self as producers and providers for adults clients. (Photographer: Andrea Jobe)
ESSENTIALS: THIS IS HOW I LIVE UNITEDAs Pantry Supply Coordinator, Valerie volunteers her time and talent for Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM), a United way memer agency. She helps the pantry run smoothly and get food to hungry Hoosiers. (Photographer: Rebecca Stanze)
EDUCATION: THIS IS HOW I LIVE UNITEDAmy and Megan, volunteers at the Bloomington Community Orchard (BCO), prepare for a day of educational tours and orchard work. The BCO partners with community groups to bring sustainably grown food to local residents. (Photographer: Stephen Hale)
ESSENTIALS: THIS IS HOW I LIVE UNITEDBob, Tom, John, Dick, Steve, and Bob, volunteer members of the Area 10 Agency on Aging (a United Way member agency) REPAIRS Team fix a wheelchair accessible ramp. Providing essential maintenance and construction can help seniors remain in their homes. (Photographer: Katy Lengacher)
EARNINGS: THIS IS HOW I LIVE UNITEDUnited Way team members Jake, Ashley, and Ashley show some of their own upward mobility after a day of helping residents increase savings and assets through financial knowledge. (Photographer: Kevin Cade)
ESSENTIALS: THIS IS HOW I LIVE UNITEDEudora Watkins, the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger local food drive coordinator, and Jake from the Hoosier Hills Food Bank sort donated food items that will help feed hungry Hoosiers. (Photographer: Eudora Watkins)
EDUCATION: THIS IS HOW I LIVE UNITEDWhitney and baby Liam learn how to safely use a babywearing wrap from Haroula, a Bloomington Area Birth Services (BABS) intern. BABS offers many resources for families, new mothers, and pregnant women. (Photographer: Mary Jean Holwager)
ESSENTIALS: THIS IS HOW I LIVE UNITEDCasi ensures safe and secure housing as the Maintenance Supervisor at Middle Way House. Proud to work for a United Way member agency, Casi is dedicated to helping everyone Live United! (Photographer: Debra Morrow)
ESSENTIALS: THIS IS HOW I LIVE UNITEDLia and Scott volunteer at Community Kitchen, a United Way member agency, making sack lunches for low-income children. Without lunch provided by school, during the summer many youth are at a greater risk of hunger.(Photographer: Debbie Hopson)
EDUCATION: THIS IS HOW I LIVE UNITEDDuring a literacy party presented by United Way and Monroe Smart Start, Ashley reads the B is for Bloomington book to a group of eager pre-schoolers. Fostering a love of reading at a young age helps children start school ready to succeed. (Photographer: Brooke Nurrenbern)
ESSENTIALS: THIS IS HOW I LIVE UNITEDBrandon, Stephanie, Betsy, Donna, Richard, Joe, Logan, Richelle, and Mary Kate, members of Stone Belt Arc (a United Way member agency) Community Playback Troupe, create an improvisational sculpture showing how they help (or would like to help) our community.(Photographer: Michelle Davenport)
ESSENTIALS: THIS IS HOW I LIVE UNITEDSusan and Tony enjoy time together at LifeDesigns, a United Way member agency. Our community is stronger when people of all ages and abilities are included and respected.(Photographer: Leslie Abshier)
THIS IS HOW I LIVE UNITEDAt the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC), team members show the Live United spirit during their annual fundraising campaign for United Way. The winners of the IIDC chili cook-off proudly display their new Live United shirts.(Photographer: Phil Stafford)
EDUCATION: THIS IS HOW I LIVE UNITEDLinda helps the American Red Cross-Monroe County Chapter sort donated books for their annual book fair. Proceeds help the Red Cross respond to emergencies and provide first-aid classes. (Photographer: Linda Harl)
EARNINGS: THIS IS HOW I LIVE UNITEDPeter and Brady shake hands as Brady completes an application for employment. The Salvation Army, a United Way member agency, hosts quarterly job fairs and helps community members build skills to obtain and keep employment. (Photographer: Jake Zerbe)
ESSENTIALS: THIS IS HOW I LIVE UNITEDAs a Community Reception volunteer, Darbi helps foster a friendly and safe place for residents at The Rise transitional housing program at Middle Way House, a United Way member agency.(Photographer: Debra Morrow)
EDUCATION: THIS IS HOW I LIVE UNITEDConnie and Joanna, IU Health team members, along with Brooke and Ashley from United Way and Tim from Monroe County Community School Corporation, ask children in Kindergarten Countdown Camp who is excited to start school. (Photographer: Jennifer Hottell)
ESSENTIALS: THIS IS HOW I LIVE UNITEDJohn and Mary Jo sort food pantry donations and keep the shelves organized as volunteers with Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM), a United Way member agency. The dedication of volunteers, like John and Mary Jo, create a stronger community.(Photographer: Rebecca Stanze)