Serving Monroe, Owen, and Greene Counties

2015 Fall Money Smart Week

Friday, October 16th - Thursday, October 22, 2015

A week filled with free events to build the financial smarts of Monroe and Owen County community members is just around the corner. Money Smart Week is sponsored by the Financial Stability Alliance for South Central Indiana, in partnership with United Way of Monroe County and the Monroe County Public Library.

Money Smart Week takes place each spring and fall in south central Indiana to raise awareness of local financial stability resources and improve financial literacy. Community members will have the opportunity to learn affordable recipes, how to winterize their home, and important information about planning for the end of life. Highlights include a kick-off event at Food Truck Friday where community members can learn more about their financial personality and take photos in the character cutouts of a spender and a saver. The local Money Smart Week activities are part of a nationwide campaign to help consumers improve their personal finances.

All events are free and open to the public; no registration required. For more information about any of these events visit

What's Your Money Personality?

Friday, October 16, 2015
5:00-8:00 p.m.
Chocolate Moose, 401 S Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47401

Are you a miser, a spendthrift, or something else? Find out by taking our fun quiz at Food Truck Friday. Be sure to get your picture taken with our money character cutouts. Presented by Monroe County Public Library, Rhino's Youth Center, and United Way.


Tasty Tailgate Food Demo

Saturday, October 17, 2015
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Monroe County Public Library Courtyard, 303 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408

Celebrate Homecoming Weekend in the Main Library Courtyard. Our chef will show you how to plan your next get-together the money-smart way—you taste the results. Presented by Monroe County Public Library, Chef Craig Kirby, and United Way.

It’s Getting Chili! Home Winterization Tips

Monday, October 19, 2015
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Ellettsville Public Library, 600 W Temperance St, Ellettsville, IN 47429
Enjoy different types of chili as you learn about keeping the “chilly” out of your home this winter. Experts from Monroe County Energy Challenge will teach you some tricks to prepare for cold weather. Families welcome; vegan option available. Presented by Monroe County Energy Challenge, Monroe County Public Library, and United Way.


Teen Game Night

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Monroe County Public Library, The Ground Floor, 303 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408

Money matters are no game—except in The Ground Floor! Play money-themed games along with your other Game Night favorites. For ages 12–19. Presented by Monroe County Public Library, and United Way.


End of Life Financial Planning

Thursday, October 22, 2015
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Fountain Square Mall, Room 240, 101 W Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404

Nobody likes thinking about it, but smart organization tactics can be a huge benefit in case of disaster or theft, and a comfort to loved ones in an unexpected health event. Young professionals especially can benefit from understanding how to take charge of newly-acquired assets. Learn how to put your accounts, benefits, and finances in order at this low-key information session and feel secure knowing that you are ahead of the planning curve. Presented by Elizabeth Ruh, Monroe County Public Library, and United Way of Monroe County.


Do you want to strengthen earnings in our community?

Please consider donating to the United Way Earnings Priority Fund. This fund helps hard working individuals and families get ahead by increasing their job skills and income potential, providing financial education, and building economic stability and independence.

Want to learn more about additional Earnings initiatives or the other building blocks for a good life -  Education and Essentials?


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  • Monroe Smart Start
  • Familywize Discount Prescription Card
  • Bank On Bloomington