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.
To help hard working community members get and stay ahead, we fund and participate in programs that assist individuals as they:
- Gain or maintain stable employment
- Increase and retain income
- Build savings and assets.
We lead or support several Earnings efforts:
The Financial Stability Alliance of South Central Indiana
The Financial Stability Alliance 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Grant Allocations to Member Agencies
Many of our certified member agencies work to ensure that individuals in our community can build their earnings and be money smart. We are proud to award funding to these agencies. Read more >>
In 2015, donations and grants to United Way created valuable impacts…
- 97% of parents with children enrolled at Monroe County United Ministries reported improved employment or education opportunities and 84% of parents reported an improved financial situation because of MCUM’s sliding-fee childcare.
- 94% of clients obtained or maintained employment while recovering from addictions at Amethyst House. 78% reported an increase in income and 100% learned new budgeting skills.
- 35 community members with disabilities transitioned into fully independent employment because they no longer needed workforce support.
- 512 people including seniors, youth, recovering addicts, victims of domestic violence, and people with disabilities learned or were provided assistance with budgeting and money management.
- 100% of the 315 clients involved with the Stone Belt and LifeDesigns supported employment programs gained new job skills.
- 158 people experiencing or at risk of homelessness received assistance at Shalom Community Center to obtain a birth certificate or ID, which will help them in securing housing, employment, health care, and other necessary resources.
- The Free Community Tax Service program brought together nearly 200 volunteers to help local residents file 3,030 federal returns and save over $925,000 in tax preparation fees, which they plan to invest in food, clothing, rent, and to put toward savings.
- United Way, the Monroe County Public Library, and our Financial Stability Alliance held week-long Money Smart Weeks in spring and fall 2015, coordinating 6 financial education events. Over 200 people participated in fall. New events included an end-of-life planning workshop, and events explaing winterization for homes, money personalities, and preparing healthy food on a budget.
- Women participating in programs at Middle Way House experienced a 92% increase in self-sufficiency.
Do you want to strengthen earnings in our community?
Please consider donating to the United Way Earnings Priority Fund. This fund helps hard working individuals and families get ahead by increasing their job skills and income potential, providing financial education, and building economic stability and independence.