Serving Monroe, Owen, and Greene Counties

How We Help

Working with you, United Way of Monroe County helps to improve people’s lives in our community.

1. We collaborate on initiatives that help individuals and families attain the building blocks of a better life: education, earnings, and essentials. Together, we can help people in need meet their critical needs today. More than that, we can work together to create the kind of stability that reduces those urgent situations.

Within education, earnings, and essentials, we work toward ten specific goals.

Helping children, youth, and adults achieve their potential by:

  • Enter kindergarten ready to succeed
  • Graduating school with a purposeful plan
  • Building job and life skills.

Helping hard-working families get ahead by:

  • Gaining and maintaining stable employment
  • Increasing and retaining income
  • Building savings and assets.

Helping individuals and families meet basic needs with access to:

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

2. We provide financial allocations to 25 member agencies who use these grants for immediate good and as matching funds to bring additional state, federal, and private grants into our community. With our help, member agencies use less of their own money and energy on fundraising efforts. We also provide them with resources, materials, technical support, and professional development opportunities.

You are critical to our efforts. When you choose to donate, you improve a life. In turn, United Way of Monroe County creates opportunities right here at home.
In 2015, donations and grants to United Way created valuable impacts…

  • To promote early literacy and school readiness skills United Way partnered with IU Health Riley Physicians for the ‘Let’s Read’ program to distribute information packets and 4,409 books to children at their 6-months through 5-years wellness visits.
  • 1,125 school children received adequate clothing, shoes, and school supplies through the MCCSC, RBB, and S-OCS School Assistance Funds so they could fully participate in classes.
  • 98% of high school seniors enrolled in mentoring programs at United Way member agencies graduated.
  • 100% of girls in the money management program at Girls Inc. improved their economic knowledge.
  • United Way's Real Men Read initiative brought 17 male mentors into 17 kindergarten classrooms to read a book each month with the goal of encouraging all children, particularly boys, to see reading as something that men value. During 2015, we distributed 2,250 books to 450 kindergarten students.
  • 97% of the children enrolled in the Monroe County United Ministries [MCUM] preschool developed the basic math and literacy skills needed to start kindergarten successfully.
  • Of parents with a child at MCUM, 74% said they are aware of how they can support their child's development and education at home..
  • 80% of at-risk children in intensive mental health services at Catholic Charities experienced an increase in reading skills; 85% showed a decrease in school disciplinary referrals.
  • United Way and the Chamber of Commerce convene the High School Plus coalition together with the local school systems, Prosecutor’s Office, and other community partners to ensure every student will graduate school 'plus' have a viable plan for the future. The Coalition developed an online Roadmap to Success available at
  • 74% of educational and social goals were achieved by youth participating in services at People & Animal Learning Services.
  • 92% of children taking part in after school and summer programs at member agency New Hope Family Shelter improved or maintained their grades at school.
  • More than 1,300 youth benefitted from over 2,600 hours of tutoring at United Way member agencies.
  • 97% of parents with children enrolled at Monroe County United Ministries reported improved employment or education opportunities; 84% reported an improved financial situation because of MCUM’s sliding-fee childcare.
  • 94% of clients obtained or maintained employment while recovering from addictions at Amethyst House. 78% reported an increase in income and 100% learned new budgeting skills.
  • 35 community members with disabilities transitioned into fully independent employment because they no longer needed workforce support.
  • 512 people including seniors, youth, recovering addicts, victims of domestic violence, and people with disabilities learned or were provided assistance with budgeting and money management.
  • 100% of the 315 clients involved with the Stone Belt and LifeDesigns supported employment programs gained new job skills.
  • 158 people experiencing or at risk of homelessness received assistance at Shalom Community Center to obtain a birth certificate or ID, which will help them in securing housing, employment, health care, and other necessary resources.
  • The Free Community Tax Service program brought together nearly 200 volunteers to assist Monroe and Owen county residents file 3,030 federal returns and save over $925,000 in tax preparation fees, which they plan to invest in food, clothing, rent, and to put toward savings.
  • United Way, the Monroe County Public Library, and our Financial Stability Alliance held week-long Money Smart Weeks in spring and fall 2015, coordinating 6 financial education events. Over 200 people participated in the fall events. New programs included an end-of-life planning workshops and events explaining winterization for homes, money personalities, and preparing healthy food on a budget.
  • Women participating in programs at Middle Way House experienced a 92% increase in self-sufficiency.
  • 1,701 elderly neighbors were able to stay safely in their homes because affordable housing and home-based friendly visitors, nutrition, and repair services were provided by member agency Area 10 Agency on Aging.
  • 1,187 uninsured, low-income adults received 3,902 no-cost preventive care and primary visits at member agency Volunteers in Medicine. VIM provided over 8,577 prescriptions to patients at no cost.
  • 194,514 bags of groceries and 1,179,332 meals were provided to community members at risk of hunger in Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties.
  • 2-1-1 information and referral specialists responded to 5,098 inquiries and made 6,149 referrals to community resources. Most callers were seeking help with housing and utilities assistance, holiday assistance, and health care.
  • 721 households were assisted with rent, mortgage, and utilities making it possible for them to stay in their homes.
  • 85% of at-risk teens, victims of domestic violence, recovering addicts, and families residing in transitional shelter were able to move into stable, affordable, safe, permanent housing from programs at United Way member agencies.
  • 850,336 pounds of locally grown and freshly harvested food was distributed through food pantries. This is a 477% increase over last year.
  • 246 families had a stable place to live because of help from Indiana Legal Services.
  • 85% of Amethyst House clients improved their physical health and 92% improved their mental health and wellness while recovering from addictions.
  • 168 adults and 85 children who experienced domestic violence were provided with safe emergency shelter at Middle Way House.
  • Monroe and Owen county households saved $45,646 in prescription drug costs with 1,584 claims through the FamilyWize discount prescription drug card distributed by United Way of Monroe County at agencies and pharmacies.


The list goes on. Read more about our initiatives and our member agencies, whose work is funded in part by United Way’s Community Action Fund.

3. We understand that a strong nonprofit sector will translate into a stronger community. United Way helps community organizations acquire the knowledge, tools, and resources to fulfill their missions.   

Find out more. Visit Nonprofit Resources.

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