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Wake Up! with United Way

Wake Up! with United Way is now virtual!
Human Trafficking: Combating Exploitation and Abuse
Wake Up! with United Way will continue virtually on Thursday, October 8th at 8 a.m. as a free virtual event. Join us from your home in your PJ's to connect as a community and discuss timely topics. 
This month, we will be discussing "Human Trafficking: Combating Exploitation and Abuse." Human Trafficking is a wide-spread global issue, but unfortunately impacts our local community as well. How exactly is our community affected? What is being done to combat it? Join us virtually on Thursday, October 8th from 8 – 9 a.m. to hear from representatives from Middle Way House and the IU Center for the Study of Global Change to uncover the untold stories of the people in our community fighting for survivors of human trafficking.
In addition to series supporters mentioned below, thanks also to panel sponsor IU Center for the Study of Global Change.
There is no cost to attend, but please RSVP via Eventbrite by Wednesday, October 7th at 4 p.m. to receive information on how to connect.
Hosted by United Way of Monroe County and Indiana University’s Political and Civic Engagement program, each Wake Up! with United Way features community leaders and experts relevant to the topic. Join friends, neighbors, nonprofits and community partners to 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, resources available through area nonprofits, and how to get more involved in making a difference. Guest are invited to come with questions for the speakers or just listen and learn. 
The series will run through December on the second Thursday of each month. Events will be held virtually at 8 a.m. until further notice to ensure community health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Wake Up! with United Way is a collaborative project of United Way of Monroe County and IU’s Political and Civic Engagement Program, with thanks to The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce and the Bloomington Board of Realtors for series support.

Interested in sponsoring the 2020 season of Wake Up! With United Way? Opportunities for series sponsorship are available now. Please contact Sherrie Shuler at or 812-334-8370 x13 today!
Join us for a special evening event: Wind Down! with United Way
Democracy 2020: Understanding Voting Rights and Access
In the evening of Thursday, October 8 the topic, "Democracy 2020: Understanding Voting Rights and Access” will be explored. The 2020 election is taking place against a backdrop of chaos and confusion. Citizens have growing frustration about the election process and serious concerns about their rights as voters. Join us virtually from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 8 for a special casual hour discussion about voting rights and access in the 2020 election. We'll be joined by a panel of local experts who can answer your questions and address your concerns. 
Upcoming Events:
**Upcoming event topics were planned at the beginning of the Wake Up! 2020 season. They may be subject to change in light of changes due to COVID-19.**
November 12, On the Rise: Mental Health and Young Adults. Delve into how mental health issues are affecting young adults, with a focus on the students that call our community home. 
December 10, The Changing Labor Market: Challenges for Todays Workers. Hear from local labor leaders about the challenges created by changes in the labor market. 
Past Events:
On August 13, community members tuned in from their homes for a discussion on the topic "Adapting Shelters to Social Distancing." Panelists included Beverly Calender-Anderson, Director of the City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department; Dana Jones, Director of the Men's Shelter at Wheeler Mission Bloomington; Debra Morrow, Executive Director at Middle Way House; Chase Techentin, Director of The Roof at New Hope for Families; and Keirsten White, Director of the Monroe County Isolation Shelter at Shalom Community Center. Read more >>
On July 9, Wake Up with United Way returned virtually to discuss "Building a Better Normal: Address Racial and Economic Disparities as We Rebuild from COVID-19." Panelists included Dr. Rasul Mowatt, IU College of Arts and Sciences professor in the departments of American Studies and Geography; Dr. Kosali Simon, IU O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs professor and Associate Vice Provost for Health Sciences; and Efrat Feferman, Executive Director of United Way of Monroe County. Read More >>
On March 12, the topic "Creating a More Brain Injury-Friendly Community" was explored. We were joined by Jean Capler, Local Support Network Leader for the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana Resource Facilitation Program; Rebecca Eberle, clinical professor with IU Speech, Hearing, and Language Studies; and three individuals living with an acquired brain injury for a panel discussion to learn about brain injury, what it’s like living with one, what helps, and how our community can better support our neighbors and friends who have experienced a brain injury. Read More >>
On February 13, the topic "Food Security: Feeding Monroe County" was explored. We were joined by Julio Alonso, executive director of Hoosier Hills Food Bank; Vicki Pierce, executive director of Community Kitchen; and Brandon Schurr from IU Division of Student Affairs and MCCSC School Board for a panel discussion about how food insecurity impacts our community and how organizations that help feed the hungry operate. Read More >>
Parking information: 
In response to COVID-19, Wake Up! with United Way will be held virtually until further notice. 
The Mill is located at 642 N Madison just across the street from Upland Brewing.  There is metered on-street parking along nearby streets, free parking on-street west of Rogers, and a parking garage at 220 N Morton Street. Please note that the lots marked “Solution Tree,” while close to The Mill, are reserved for their employees only. Also note that street parking along Maker's Way and Madison Street in front of the Mill is by permit only. 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. 
An accessible parking spot is available at the north end of Madison Street.


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