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Wake Up! with United Way

Wake Up! with United Way: Building a Better Normal
As the region rebuilds from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Wake Up! with United Way season will focus on Building a Better Normal. Each month’s discussion will bring to light how to engage to create a brighter future that works for everyone in our community, including topics like homelessness, food security, and workers’ rights.  Plan to join us the second Thursday of each month (virtual until further notice) at 8 a.m.

"As we rebuild from the pandemic, we have an opportunity to rethink how, together, we address our challenges,” remarked Efrat Feferman, United Way of Monroe County Executive Director. “This series aims to dig a little deeper into the underlying issues contributing to poverty and economic insecurity, while also bringing to light innovative solutions and how we can best support rebuilding a better normal."   

Coming up next: Accessing Healthcare While Chronically Homeless
Individuals experiencing chronic homelessness have higher rates of mental health challenges, substance use disorder, brain injuries, trauma, and chronic health conditions. Without receiving proper care and assistance, the average age of death of a chronically homeless individual is only 47 years old. How can our community support the needs of these individuals?

Tune in on Thursday, May 13 from 8 – 9 a.m. for “Accessing Health Care While Chronically Homeless” with representatives from healthcare and social service providers in our community. Join the discussion on how our community currently provides for the health and well-being of unhoused individuals and how we can improve.  

Wake Up! with United Way is a monthly speaker series featuring networking and an enlightening presentation and discussion of timely topics. Alongside friends, neighbors, nonprofits, and community partners, learn more about issues that directly or indirectly affect everyone in our area. Attendees will have the opportunity to deepen their awareness about someone else’s reality while learning about the challenges, innovations, collaborations, and resources available through area nonprofits, and how to get more involved in making a difference. Guests are invited to come with questions for the speakers or just listen and learn.
The Wake Up! with United Way 2021 season is a collaborative project of United Way of Monroe County and IU’s Political and Civic Engagement Program. Thanks to the 2021 sponsors for making Wake Up! with United Way possible: Premier Series Sponsor Bloomington Township; Presenting Sponsors IU Credit Union and Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County; and Program Sponsors Duke Energy and Old National Bank.
Interested in sponsoring Wake Up! With United Way? Please contact Sherrie Shuler at or 812-334-8370 x13 today!

Upcoming Building a Better Normal Events:

June 10: What is Housing First?

July 8: Health and Safety

August 12: Food Security

September 9: Workers’ Rights

October 14: Caring for our Children

November 11: Caring for our Nation’s Veterans  

Past Events:
On April 8, we explored topic "Experiencing Homelessness in Bloomington." Beacon, Inc. Executive Director Forrest Gilmore moderated a panel discussion with two individuals, Ernie and Katrina, who volunteered to share their personal experiences with homelessness. Read more>>
On March 11, we explored topic "Are we in an 'Eviction Tsunami?'" Beacon, Inc. Rapid Re-housing Coordinator Amy Harrison, Housing & Eviction Prevention Project Coordinator Tonda Radewan and Monroe County Circuit Court IV Judge Catherine Stafford joined us to discuss how evictions and housing security are affecting our community as we rebuild from COVID-19. Read more>>
On February 11, we celebrated 211 Day by exploring the topic "What's New with 211?" Indiana 211 Executive Director Tara Morse and Deputy Director Jaimie Ferren joined us to explain recent changes to IN211 and how the organization is serving our community. Read more>>


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