Serving Monroe, Owen, and Greene Counties

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."   

What is Housing First?

The Housing First model is being utilized in communities across the nation to address homelessness.

On Thursday, June 10 for Wake Up! with United Way “What is Housing First?” we were joined by Emily Pike, Executive Director of New Hope for Families and Chair of the South Central Indiana Housing Network, to explore the Housing First model, how our community is using it, how we can track its success, and more.

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About the Series

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. Guests are invited to come with questions for the speakers or just listen and learn.

Plan to join us the second Thursday of each month (virtual until further notice) at 8 a.m.

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:

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 June 10, "What is Housing First?"
On May 13, "Accessing Health Care While Chronically Homeless." Read more >>
On April 8, "Experiencing Homelessness in Bloomington." Read more>>
On March 11, "Are we in an 'Eviction Tsunami?'" Read more>>
On February 11, "What's New with 211?" Read more>>


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