Serving Monroe, Owen, and Greene Counties

"Change begins with you! Are you in?" 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 March 6, 2020, have contributed $1,172,943 -- 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!

  • Employees and staff at IU Health are fostering change in the community by committing $15,324 through their workplace campaign. 

  • Co-workers at Hoosier Energy donated $9,557 to shore up the safety net of services for the health, education, and financial stability of friends and enighbors in the community.

  • The team at member agency Boys and Girls Clubs came together to assure that individuals and families in Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties have access to services during a crisis by donating $754 in pledges to this year’s campaign.

Creating Local Impact:
 

A gift of only $12 a week ($624 annually) covers the cost for one child to attend an after-school program for an entire year, ensuring a safe, healthy, and stable environment during hours when a parent must be away.

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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.
 

 

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

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

  • Cummins employees are helping to power a more prosperous world, donating $18,429 to critical needs in Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties.

  • Curry Auto Center donated a $1,000 corporate gift to support the health, education, and financial stability of friends and neighbors.

  • 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.

  • The team at Golden Hands Construction is helping build a better future for friends and neighbors with $1,000 in support of the community campaign.

  • The hard-working employees at Great West Casualty Company are helping those in need by raising $6,426 to give back to the community.

  • The dedicated team at member agency Hoosier Hills Food Bank rallied to assure that individuals and families in Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties have a strong safety net by pledging $1,454.   

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

 

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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.

 

  • Indiana University Retirees continue to make a difference, raising a whopping $251,659 to give back to the community. 

  • 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.

  • The team at Kirby Risk Electrical Supply Company donated $1,100 to support the health, education, and financial stability of friends and neighbors. 

  • Monroe County Community School Corporation employees contributed $3,320 to make sure everyone has access to health, education, and financial stability throughout the community.

  • The dedicated team at member agency Monroe County United Ministries rallied to assure that individuals and families have a strong safety net by pledging $408

  • Staff who work with families and children experiencing homelessness at New Hope for Families, a United Way member agency, promised their support to the community by pledging $1,115 to help others in need. 

 

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Efrat along with Brandon and Carol from Middle Way House's Bloomfield location stopped by Corveta Agriscience to kick off their campaign and speak about Greene County services. Indiana University's campaign set up shop at an Indiana University First Thursday Festival with socks for students to decorate and donate to Shalom Community Center.

 

  • 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.

  • Pepsico Bottling Group pepped up its 2019 workplace campaign to total $1,440.

  • Printpack employees pledged $5,082 to continue outreach to our neighbors impacted by crisis.

  • The dedicated team at member agency Shalom Community Center, celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, rallied to share $885 to help ensure that individuals and families have opportunities and everyone meets their basic living needs.

  • UPS employees and corporate offices nearly doubled their support this year over last year to help those in need by contributing $7,491 to give back to the community.

  • The staff and corporate offices of Vectren embraced the idea that Change Begins with You and donated $5,705 to support a strong safety net of social services for friends and neighbors in the community.


Creating a local impact

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

  • $1 a week can provide an individual in treatment for substance addiction 40 days of meals.

  • $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.

  • $2 a week ($104 annually) provides a community member with rent or utility assistance, to keep them in their home or get them off the streets.

  • $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.

  • $3 a week ($156 annually) provides play therapy equipment to programs that help children express themselves through play and ultimately improve their overall mental health.

  • $4 a week provides a family with high-quality childcare for a week.

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

  • $5 a week provides a day of food and shelter to a family of 5 who have experienced a natural disaster or home fire.

  • $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.

  • 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.

  • Pepsico Bottling Group pepped up its 2019 workplace campaign to total $1,440.

  • Printpack employees pledged $5,082 to continue outreach to our neighbors impacted by crisis.

  • The dedicated team at member agency Shalom Community Center, celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, rallied to share $885 to help ensure that individuals and families have opportunities and everyone meets their basic living needs.

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