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 2016, 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 6,117 books to children at their 6-months through 5-years wellness visits.
  • 886 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.
  • Of high school seniors enrolled in mentoring programs at United Way member agencies, 100% graduated and 79% have plans to further their education/training.
  • At Girls Inc., 100% of girls in math programs improved their math knowledge and 71% in science programs increased their science knowledge.
  • United Way's Real Men Read distributed 1,760 books to 352 kindergarten students. They also read the book along with their Real Men Read mentor, showing them that reading is important to everyone.
  • 596 at-risk families (a 31% increase) received bus tickets or taxi vouchers through the MCCSC School Assistance Fund to ensure that students could participate in school and parents could attend their activities.
  • 90% of children tutored through the Area 10 Agency on Aging RSVP America Reads program showed marked improvement in reading.
  • 14 community members with disabilities transitioned into fully independent employment because they no longer needed onsite support.
  • 97% of parents with children enrolled at Monroe County United Ministries reported improved employment or education opportunities and 84% of parents reported an improved financial situation because of MCUM’s sliding-fee childcare. 
  • United Way developed and implemented the 'Dollars & Sense' financial knowledge program for teens at local youth agencies.
  • More than 26,000 rides on Rural Transit and bus passes were provided so people without transportation could get to and from work.
  • 88% of clients obtained or maintained employment while recovering from addictions at Amethyst House, and 100% developed budgeting skills.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Free Community Tax Service program brought together over 100 volunteers to help local residents file nearly 2,400 federal returns and bring back more than $1.7 million dollars to our community in the form of refunds and tax credits. With the IRS and several other partners, United Way helped low-income people in Monroe and Owen counties save money (as much as $705,000 in tax preparation fees) and file for available credits, like the Earned Income Tax Credit. Clients reported they will use these funds to pay for food, clothing, and existing bills. 28% of respondents said they will also be putting their refund in savings for their family’s future.
  • 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.
  • 2-1-1 information and referral specialists responded to 4,500 inquiries and made 6,245 referrals to community resources. Most callers were seeking help with housing and utilities assistance, holiday assistance, and health care.
  • 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.
  • The FamilyWize discount prescription drug card distributed by United Way at agencies and pharmacies saved Monroe and Owen county households $46,719 in prescription drug costs.

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