Serving Monroe, Owen, and Greene Counties

Our Impact on Earnings

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.

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 >>

Free Community Tax Service
FCTS helps low- and moderate-income residents file tax returns for free and claim valuable tax credits. 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 2017, donations and grants to United Way created valuable impacts…

  • 20 community members with disabilities transitioned into fully independent employment because they no longer needed workforce support.
  • 78% 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.
  • United Way developed and implemented the 'Dollars & Sense' financial knowledge program for teens at local youth agencies.
  • Nearly 24,000 rides on Rural Transit and bus passes were provided so people without transportation could get to and from work.
  • 88% of clients obtained or maintained employment while recovering from addictions at Amethyst House, and 100% developed budgeting skills. 88% of residents in transitional housing programs increased or maintained their income.
  • The Free Community Tax Service program brought together 135 volunteers to help local residents file 2,382 federal returns at 6 full-service VITA sites managed by United Way, plus 2 sites managed by AARP/TCE, a mobile unit that was hosted by 8 organizations throughout the community, and a facilitated self-service site at Work One. Residents could also file using Clients report using those saved funds (as much as $705,000 in tax preparation fees) and increased Earning Income Tax Credits to pay for food, clothing, bills, rent, and to put toward savings. With the IRS and other partners, the FCTS helped low-income people in Monroe and Owen counties. 263 filers received EIT credits.


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.

Want to learn more about the other building blocks for a good life? Visit Education and Essentials to see how we are making an impact.

  • Born Learning
  • Financial Stability Alliance
  • Monroe Smart Start
  • Familywize Discount Prescription Card
  • Bank On Bloomington