With your support, we work with member agencies and community partners to bring lasting change to our community. We focus our efforts on the building blocks that will improve people’s lives - we call them the 3Es: Education, Earnings, and Essentials.
We lead or support several Education initiatives:
United Way’s Born Learning initiative helps parents, caregivers, and our community support positive early childhood development. Born Learning provides easy research-based ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities for young children. Read more.
Monroe Smart Start
Led by United Way and the Community Foundation, Monroe Smart Start Birth-to-Five Coalition brings families and communities together to make sure our children enter kindergarten healthy, happy, and ready to succeed in school and in life. Read more.
Real Men Read
Did you know that a child's education begins before they even start their first day of school? Or that early education in the home and during the first years of formal schooling has a measurable and lasting impact in the child's life and the community? Real Men Read is a volunteer-driven program that brings male mentors from the community into kindergarten classrooms to read a book once a month for five months. Read more.
Just as children develop language skills long before they are able to speak, they also develop literacy skills long before they are able to read. Let's Read is an exciting program that partners United Way, Monroe Smart Start, WTIU, and Riley Physicians at IU Health. At select wellness visits from six months to five years old, pediatricians and nurses take time to talk with parents about the importance of reading at home. Each family also receives a free age-appropriate book and a packet of information on ways to build early literacy and school readiness skills. Read more.
Succeed in School
High School Plus Coalition
The High School Plus Coalition brings community partners together to build solutions and create resources that help students succeed in high school and beyond. Led by the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Franklin Initiative and United Way of Monroe County, High School Plus identifies and works to eliminate problems that cause kids to drop out of school. Read more.
We lead or support several Earnings initiatives:
The Financial Stability Alliance of South Central Indiana (FSA)
FSA publishes and distributes monthly e-newsletters, hosts events and trainings, and works to expand financial stability programs in Brown, Greene, Monroe, and Owen counties. Read more.
Bank On Bloomington
Local financial institutions and community partners are collaborating to help residents access mainstream financial services and financial education. Residents who have never had a bank account are finding that many traditional barriers have been reduced or eliminated. Read more.
We lead or support several Essentials initiatives:
Health Care Coverage
United Way of Monroe County is helping local residents locate affordable health care and health care coverage. Having health insurance is an important way to avoid a financial crisis and, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), all U.S. residents are required to have health care coverage. This might include insurance you have through your employer or through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare, Medicaid, Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), Hoosier Healthwise, or Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Not having health coverage can result in a federal tax penalty. Read more >>
ACHIEVE's goal is to ensure easy access to healthy, active lifestyles throughout the community. Committees are currently implementing plans in schools, worksites, healthcare, community institutions, and the community-at-large. Read more.
FamilyWize Discount Prescription Program
The FamilyWize program reduces the cost of medicine for families and individuals with or without prescription drug coverage through a partnership with 61,000 pharmacies nationwide. Read more.
Community Organizations Active in Disaster for Monroe County (MoCOAD)
Community Organizations Active in Disaster for Monroe County (MoCOAD) helps people rebuild after a community disaster. The MoCOAD network is composed of representatives from business, faith groups, local government, and non-profit agencies. MoCOAD helps our community mitigate, prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from large-scale disasters. Read more.
Stamp Out Hunger - National Association of Letter Carriers’ Food Drive
The Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is a nationwide event. Read more.
Fiscal Sponsorship and Support
Other local initiatives benefit from United Way's skill and experience handling funds. Each year, we are audited by an independent public accounting firm and have earned the desired "unqualified opinion" regarding our financial statements.
Do you feel passionate about strengthening our community?
Please consider donating to the United Way Education Priority Fund, Earnings Priority Fund, or Essentials Priority Fund.