Serving Monroe, Owen, and Greene Counties

Wake Up! with United Way

Join us the second Thursday each month from 7:45am to 9am for breakfast, 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: homelessness; innovative treatments for substance use disorder; the intersection of housing and poverty; raising children in the 21st century; and disabilities in the workplace, among others. You’ll have the opportunity to deepen your awareness about someone else's reality while learning about the challenges, innovations, collaborations, and resources available through area nonprofits.
Disability Inclusivity in the Workplace
On Thursday, June 13th, hear from a panel of advocates how we can all consider not only our work environment, but other spaces, through a more inclusive lens. The panel will include Brandi Hamilton, Director of Community Services for LifeDesigns; Randy Paul, a longtime local community organizer and activist; and Angie Vandersteen, Business Development Manager with Indianapolis-based disability partner, Tangram Business Resourcing.

"One of the greatest barriers to employment for people with disabilities is fear of the unknown on the part of employers. Common fears include:
  • Fear of how other employees and customers will be accepting to people with disabilities
  • Fear of how to supervise someone with a disability
  • Fear of safety concerns in the workplace
  • Fear of communicating with someone with a disability
  • Fear of what happens if it doesn’t work out
These fears are real, especially for those that have no or very little interaction with disabilities. People with disabilities want to be treated like anyone else and they want a career not just a job. People with disabilities are still stigmatized with low expectations, and have a 2x higher unemployment rate compared to their peers without a disability. By addressing fears and stigmas, we begin to see the person and not their disability."

- excerpt from panelist Angie Vandersteen from Indianapolis-based disability partner, Tangram Business Resourcing.
What: Wake Up! with United Way: Disability Inclusivity in the Workplace
When: Thursday, June13, 7:45 am - 9 am
Where: The Mill, 642 North Madison Street
The $10 cost of your ticket will cover breakfast, with remaining proceeds supporting United Way of Monroe County's efforts to address our community's critical needs today, while reducing those needs tomorrow.
We look forward to seeing you at The Mill!
Presenting Sponsor:
Wake Up! with United Way is a collaborative project of United Way of Monroe County and Indiana University's Political and Civic Engagement Program, with thanks to Old National Bank for series support.
Parking Information for The Mill:
The Mill is located at 642 N Madison just across the street from Upland Brewing. Vehicles may be parked at the lot at 10th and Rogers, the Morton Street garage at 220 N Morton St, or on-street on 11th or Rogers. There is bike parking on the West and South sides of the building and the #2 Bus travels along Morton street.

Please enter through the lower entrance, near the southwest corner of the building.

If you need accessible parking, please contact Pat East at .
Previous Events:
On May 9th, community members were up bright and early to learn more about the topic “Evicted! Poverty, Policy, and the Law” during the second monthly “Wake Up! with United Way” breakfast panel. The crowd of more than 40 attendees gathered at The Mill to hear from panelists Marcy Wenzler from the Housing Law Center at Indiana Legal Services, Sarah Boomsma from the Bloomington Housing Authority, and Sandi Clothier, from Monroe County United Ministries. Read more >>
On April 11th the topic "Homelessness in Bloomington” was examined by the Rev. Forrest Gilmore of Shalom Community Center, Emily Pike of New Hope for Families, and a member of the community personally impacted by homelessness. Read more >>

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