Serving Monroe, Owen, and Greene Counties

"Change begins with you! Are you in?" Campaign Highlights

Change begins with you! Are you in? 

When Frankie's dad left, Amy and Frankie were left living paycheck-to-paycheck. Amy worked as a home health aide, making too much to qualify for government assistance, but not enough to support her family. She started waitressing at nights when her mom could watch Frankie, but they were still struggling to get by. On the days her car wouldn't start, she would have to walk. By the time she got Frankie to daycare, she would be late for her job. She lived in constant fear of losing her job and her home. A car repair or modest health crisis could have put her and Frankie over the edge to full-blown poverty.

One of Amy's coworkers told her to call United Way. With the help of United Way and its partner agencies, Amy was able to access services like temporary food assistance, legal advice for filing for child support over state lines, and an affordable pre-school for Frankie. 

Like nearly 30% of the families in Monroe County, Amy and Frankie are an ALICE family: Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, but Employed. These are the families whose incomes fall above the cut-off for assistance like WIC and Food Stamps, but who still do not make enough money to support themselves. One crisis could push them into poverty, like an additional 22% of Monroe County households.

Contributions to this campaign helps United Way provide support and services to ALICE families like Amy and Frankie and other families in need throughout Monroe, Greene, and Owen counties. Every dollar donated will make a local, lasting impact.

Thanks to generous donors who, as of January 24, 2020, have contributed $1,007,474  -- making our community a better place for all of us!

 

Thanks to these organizations for their active commitment to changing lives right here in south-central Indiana!

  • The dedicated team at member agency Area 10 Agency on Aging rallied to assure that those of all ages who need a strong safety net have one by donating $2,741.

  • The hard-working employees of the City of Bloomington raised $8,548 to give back to those in need.

  • Old National Bank demonstrated their strong commitment to our community, investing $15,648 of employee and corporate gifts in the health, education, and financial stability of our friends and neighbors.

Creating a local impact

A gift of only $4 a week provides a family with high-quality childcare for a week.

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The 2019-2020 Campaign kicked off in September with a panel to discuss United Way partner agencies' services for ALICE families, like Amy and Frankie, featuring Kaitlin King from Catholic Charities Bloomington,Emily Pike from New Hope for Families, and William Morris from Indiana Legal Services. Old National Bank and Duke Energy generously donated $9,000 for Day of Action event in October that built and delivered literacy backpacks to member agencies, encouraging children in our community to grow their love for reading and strengthen their literacy skills.

 

  • Dedicated employees at member agency Community Kitchen cooked up $1,953 to to help local people stay safe and healthy.

  • General Motors employees rallied in support of their community and region donating $7,945 to Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties.

 

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United Way sends a huge thank you to Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana for their campaign contribution. They were the first member agency to return their donations and had 100% participation! The folks at City of Bloomington Utilities kicked off their workplace campaign by making "graduation" baskets for moms in our community with 2-year-olds. Thank you!

 

  • German American Bank and their employees rallied in support of the community by donating $20,416 to create change for seniors, young families, and individuals in our area.

  • Staff at Indiana Legal Services, a United Way Member Agency, generously contributed $4,295 to help all those in need.

  • Community-minded IU Credit Union employees donated $19,902, in addition to a corporate gift of $20,000, for a total of $39,902 supporting local families on the edge of poverty.

 

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Community members gathered at FARM Bloomington to eat, drink, be merry, and give to United Way. The proceeds from this dine & give community dinner went toward this year's campaign. Vectren kicked off its workplace campaign with a spash! They had some fun and rallied support for United Way all in one day.

 

 

Creating a local impact

Your donation to the United Way campaign contributes directly to the support of people in need in our community.

  • $2 a week can provide a person recovering from substance use disorder with 8 case management sessions to help reconnect them to the community and a brighter future.

  • $3 a week can provide short-term shelter and supportive services for a person experiencing homelessness and help short circuit the emotional and financial trauma of that cycle across a lifetime.

  • $5 a week provides 6 weeks of family mental health therapy.

  • $10 a week provides a backpack of weekend food for a year that helps ensure children in our community have nutritious meals year-round, not just during school sessions.

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See Campaign Highlights from previous years.

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