Serving Monroe, Owen, and Greene Counties

Wake Up! with United Way 2020 Season Announced

Wake Up! with United Way 2020 Season Announced
Mental health, access to food, brain trauma, crisis diversion, and gentrification are a few of the topics slated for discussion at the 2020 Wake Up! with United Way breakfast speaker's series.  
The 2020 season kicks off Thursday, February 13 with the topic "Food Security: Feeding Monroe County.” One in six children in Monroe County are at risk of going hungry in households that struggle to put food on the table. How does our community ensure that these families have access to adequate food and nutrition? Join us for the return of Wake Up! with United Way to explore the systems in place that help families experiencing food insecurity. What’s working, what’s not, what’s new? Guest panelists include 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. 
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 November on the second Thursday of each month at The Mill (642 N Madison St.), with breakfast and networking beginning at 7:45 a.m. and presentations and discussion from 8 until 9 a.m.  
Tickets for each Wake Up! with United Way will be available individually for $10, which includes breakfast and coffee. Season passes for all 10 events are available for those interested in attending the entire series and can be purchased for $90 (a $100 value). Visit to purchase tickets or season passes. 
The season will feature the following topics: 
  • March 12, Creating a More Brain Injury-Friendly Community. Explore how physical and psychological traumas can overlap and interact to affect the brain and a person’s life. 

  • April 9, The Changing Labor Market: Challenges for Today’s Workers. Delve into recent changes in the labor market and how they change the face of workers’ rights movements. 

  • May 14, Emergency! First Responders on the Front Lines. Share first-hand stories from the first responders in our community that help us in times of emergency. 

  • June 11, Unteachable and Difficult: Understanding Childhood Trauma Pt. 2. Dig deeper into this topic from July 2019 to learn how can we help support the care and developmental needs of children who have experienced trauma. 

  • July 9, Healthcare Access: New Innovations. Hear from major community health providers and how they are leveraging technology and partnerships to expand healthcare access in our region. 

  • August 13, Stride Coalition: An Update on the Crisis Diversion Center. An update on the operations of the Monroe County Crisis Diversion Center since its opening and how it is supporting community members with substance use disorder. 

  • September 10, Human Trafficking: Combating Exploitation and Abuse. Explore how the global issue of human trafficking affects us locally. 

  • October 8, Recognizing the Patterns of Gentrification. Discuss the patterns of gentrification and explore how they are affecting our community. 

  • 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. 


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!
United Way of Monroe County is a nonprofit organization serving Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties that improves people’s lives by addressing critical needs today and working to reduce those needs tomorrow. Through its Community Action Fund and grant initiatives, United Way works with 24 member agencies and community partners to ensure everyone has the opportunity to learn more, earn more, and lead a healthier, safer life.  
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