Your support of United Way of Monroe County improves the lives and futures of all people in the community. We bring together expertise, funding, and volunteer support to positively impact the resilience of our community, and those who live within it. Together with partner agencies and community partners, we work to eliminate inequities experienced by low-income and diverse populations so that all people have a safe, healthy home environment, achieve their educational potential, and increase their financial stability. We commit to building bridges across cultural, racial, religious, and economic boundaries.
United Way’s Born Learning initiative helps parents, caregivers, and our community support positive early childhood development. Born Learning provides easy research-based ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities for young children. Read more.
United Way, along with the Financial Stability Alliance, offers a free financial coaching program for individuals in our community. Financial coaching is quickly gaining recognition on a national level as a proven, effective way to help people significantly improve their financial well-being. This program provides free financial coaching to participants from Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties. Participants work with a financial coach who helps create personalized goals and then they systematically work towards achieving them. Read more.
FCTS helps low- and moderate-income residents file tax returns for free and claim valuable tax credits. Read more.
Bank On Bloomington is offering Free Virtual Personal Finance Classes covering a variety of topics each month! The classes cover banking basics, budgeting, preparing for big purchases, and how to wisely handle credit and debt. Instructors from Fifth-Third Bank, Apprisen, and PNC Bank will teach the classes. Read more.
The Roadmap to Success is a tool for students, parents, and counselors to help guide middle and high school students’ career and school choices. The Roadmap connects users to information about the workforce, colleges and training programs, ways to pay and save for education after high school, and much more. Read more.
Since 1946, the AFL-CIO and United Way Worldwide have enjoyed a cooperative relationship through which they and local United Ways provide services to members of organized labor, their families, and their communities. This partnership has positively impacted hundreds of local families. Read more.
The Financial Stability Alliance is a cohesive network that aims to increase the financial stability of residents in south-central Indiana. The alliance accomplishes this by advocating for policies and changes that will improve people’s financial lives; strengthening its members through development opportunities and sharing best practices; and measuring collective results, including the status of financial stability in the region. Read more.
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 are finding that many traditional barriers have been reduced or eliminated. Read more.
Supporting human service needs during economic distress associated with COVID-19. In March of 2020, the entire world shifted. Our community came together with a generous spirit — allowing us to be responsive to evolving critical needs, while also looking toward recovery and resilience-building. Read more.
Teachers at Richland Bean-Blossom Schools got a boost to help improve teaching styles in the era of COVID-19. $3,000 was awarded to 8 classroom projects as part of a new United Way Education Mini-Grants pilot program. The funds support teachers in smaller school districts outside of Bloomington for special projects not normally covered in their school budget. The first round of grants included projects like accessible outdoor equipment, video production tools, and engaging classroom literature. Read more.
United Way of Monroe County and the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County are leading a collaboration to reduce homelessness and the housing insecurity issues we face as a community. Read more.
Need help? Dial 2-1-1. Individuals needing food, housing, employment, child care, health care, counseling, or senior services are able to call 2-1-1 for immediate assistance, 24/7. Read more.
Community Organizations Active in Disaster for Monroe County (MoCOAD) helps people rebuild after a community disaster. The MoCOAD network is composed of representatives from business, faith groups, local government, and non-profit agencies. MoCOAD helps our community mitigate, prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from large-scale disasters. Read more.
Just as children develop language skills long before they are able to speak, they also develop literacy skills long before they are able to read. Let's Read is an exciting program that partners United Way, Monroe Smart Start, WTIU, and Riley Physicians at IU Health. At select wellness visits from six months to five years old, pediatricians and nurses take time to talk with parents about the importance of reading at home. Each family also receives a free age-appropriate book and a packet of information on ways to build early literacy and school readiness skills. Read more.
The Nonprofit Alliance of Monroe County enriches the local community by strengthening the nonprofit sector through communication, collaboration, professional development, and outreach. Read more.
United Way partners with the IU Health Community Health in Bloomington Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program to help new moms in our community get the best start to their parenting journey. We host annual volunteer events to create Baby Shower Baskets for NFP mom's, giving them some newborn essentials, safety items and age appropriate books! Visit our events calendar to see when our next baby basket project is scheduled. To learn more about Nurse Family Partnership, visit https://iuhealth.org/in-the-community/south-central-region/nurse-family-partnership.
SingleCare is a free platform designed to save you money on prescriptions. SingleCare works directly with pharmacies to negotiate prescription prices, saving you up to 80% on scrips. Read more.
The Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is a nationwide event. Read more.
ALLOCATIONS TO PARTNER AGENCIES
Each of United Way’s partner agencies has been carefully reviewed and meets nonprofit standards of efficiency, effectiveness, governance, and transparency. Each member agency undergoes a rigorous certification process and is granted funding through a volunteer-led allocations process.
Partner agencies help our community ensure families have opportunities and everyone can meet basic living needs. When you contribute to the United Way of Monroe County Community Action Fund, you give these agencies the ability to make lasting, sustained improvements in people’s lives.
United Way fosters collaboration among our network of partner agencies with meetings that focus on education, information sharing, training, advocacy, and strengthening partnerships.
FISCAL SPONSORSHIP AND SUPPORT
Other local initiatives benefit from United Way's skill and experience handling funds. Each year, we are audited by an independent public accounting firm and have earned the desired "unqualified opinion" regarding our financial statements