Serving Monroe, Owen, and Greene Counties

Our Impact on Essentials

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 help individuals and families meet their basic needs by funding and participating in programs that provide access to:

  • Sufficient food
  • A stable place to live
  • Health care and wellness
  • Crisis management skills.

          We lead or support several Essentials efforts:

Need help? Dial 2-1-1. Individuals needing food, housing, employment, child care, health care, counseling, or senior services are able to call 2-1-1 for immediate assistance, 24/7. 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 >>

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 >>

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. 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 >>

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 >>

Grant Allocations to Member Agencies
Many of our certified member agencies work to ensure that individuals in our community are meeting their basic needs. We are proud to award funding to these organizations. Read more >>


In 2016, donations and grants to United Way created valuable impacts…

  • About 188,786 bags of groceries and 1,555,388 meals (a 32% increase) were provided to community members at risk of hunger in Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties.
  • 1,281,984 pounds of fresh produce were distributed through food pantries, 51% more than last year.
  • 98% of clients who participated in Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard nutrition, gardening, or cooking programs report healthier eating habits.
  • 2-1-1 information and referral specialists responded to 4,500 inquiries from Monroe and Owen counties and made 6,245 referrals. Most callers were seeking help with housing assistance, utilities assistance, and food.
  • 716 households were assisted with rent, mortgage, and utilities making it possible for them to stay in their homes.
  • 166 adults and 106 children who experienced domestic violence were provided with safe emergency shelter at Middle Way House.
  • 464 veterans, people with disabilities, and at-risk community members now have safe and stable long-term supportive housing.
  • 1,087 local people, 64% of them children, participated in mental health services at no or low-cost.
  • 57 area residents got assistance with emergency basic needs from the American Red Cross in the aftermath of house fires and natural disasters. 23 households received long-term recovery case management.
  • 1,112 uninsured, low-income adult clients made 5,131 no-cost urgent care, primary, dental, preventive, and mental health visits to Volunteers in Medicine. VIM provided 6,075 medications at no cost.
  • Monroe and Owen county households saved $46,719 in prescription drug costs through the FamilyWize discount prescription drug card distributed by United Way at agencies and pharmacies.
  • 84% of victims of domestic violence, recovering addicts, and families residing in transitional shelter were able to move successfully into stable, affordable, safe, permanent housing upon program completion

Would you like to help ensure our community members have their basic needs met?

Please consider donating to the United Way Essentials Priority Fund. This fund helps individuals and families meet basic needs with access to sufficient food, a stable place to live, low-cost health care, and the information and skills to manage crises.

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


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