In fall 2010, United Way helped form the Financial Stability Alliance. FSA publishes information, hosts events and trainings, and works to expand financial stability programs in Brown, Greene, Monroe, and Owen counties.
FSA initiatives include:
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 or have had difficulties in the past are finding that many traditional barriers have been reduced or eliminated. These can include minimum balance requirements, past unpaid overdraft charges, or lack of a U.S. driver's license or state-issued identification. Participating banks include Chase, Fifth Third Bank, IU Credit Union, Old National Bank, and Regions. To learn more, visit www.bankonbloomington.org.
Financial Stability Resource Guide
The Financial Stability Alliance developed this resource guide filled with easy-to-access information on bank accounts, employment, financial education, free tax preparation assistance, services for persons with disabilities, stable housing, and statewide programs. Download your free copy.
Free Community Tax Service
FCTS helps low- and moderate-income residents file their federal and Indiana tax returns for free. It also helps residents claim valuable tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
Every fall, before the winter heating season, United Way and FSA bring representatives from local utilities together with social services providers to provide current information about cost-saving programs geared at low- and moderate-income customers. For current information, visit https://www.monroeunitedway.org/UtilityAssistance.
Money Smart Week
These week-long programs provide a series of free classes and activities to help consumers better manage their personal finances. The Financial Stability Alliance hosts Indiana Money Smart Week in April and Monroe County Money Smart Week in October.
FSA Steering Committee Partners
The Financial Stability Alliance is a partnership between United Way of Monroe County and several community organizations:
Amethyst House · Area 10 Agency on Aging · Bloomington Housing Authority · City of Bloomington - Housing and Neighborhood Development · Indiana Legal Services · Indiana University Office of Financial Literacy · IU Health Bloomington Positive Link · Ivy Tech Community College- Bloomington · LifeDesigns, Inc. · Middle Way House · Monroe County Public Library · Monroe County United Ministries · Salvation Army · South Central Community Action Program · Southern Indiana Center for Independent Living · Stepping Stones · Stone Belt · WorkOne
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.