United Way
United Way
of DeKalb County
Issue: 28
February 2017
Impact DeKalb Newsletter
In This Issue
Mark your calendars!

February 13th (5:30pm):
Power of the Purse Facebook Live sneak preview!

February 23rd (6:00 - 8:00pm):
Volunteer Celebration at
Rieke Park Lodge

Please see the following save the dates for our upcoming events!
Volunteer Celebration

United: We Made a Difference!
Please join us for our annual Volunteer Celebration
Thursday, February 23rd from 
6-8pm at the Rieke Park Lodge. 
1800 N. Indiana Ave. in Auburn.

Kindly submit your RSVP to Kirby by calling (260) 927-0995
or e-mailing
 kirby@unitedwaydekalb.org to reserve your spot today!
Day of Caring

We have set the date for our annual Day of Caring event! It will be happening Friday, June 23rd. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available and are due to our office by Friday, May 12th. They are availabe in the following four categories: 

Hammerhead ($2500):
-Prominent corporate logo on    Day of Caring t-shirts
-Recognition in announcements  at event, on printed materials,  and on our website 
-Opportunity to display  corporate banner at breakfast
-Day of Caring plaque to display  at your company 
-Corporate logo posted at all  worksites

Silver Screwdriver ($1000):
-Corporate name on all Day of  Caring t-shirts
-Recognition in announcements  at event, on printed materials,  and on our website 
-Day of Caring plaque to display  at your company 

Bronze Nail ($500):
-Corporate name on Day of  Caring t-shirts
-Recognition in announcements  at event
-Day of Caring framed  certificate 

Green Thumb ($250):
-Recognition in announcements  at event
-Day of Caring framed certificate

If you have any questions regarding Day of Caring please get in touch with Brooke Wyant at
(260) 927-0995 or by email at brooke@unitedwaydekalb.org!

February 18th: #YarnBombAuburn
Tour the yarn bomb projects, meet with the artists,
and vote for your favorite

February 25th: Take it off Party!
Celebration and fundraiser
for ADAC and finale of 
"We <3 Auburn" Month

Have you heard of 2-1-1? 

Check out our videos!
Agency Spotlight: 
Northeast Indiana CASA

CASA's mission is to provide a voice for powerless children involved in judicial proceedings, advocate for their best interests, and strive to improve their quality of life.
These are children who are victims of abuse or neglect, or have been considered by the Courts to be at risk.

DeKalb United Way provides funding to supplement Northeast Indiana CASA agency's expenses of recruitment, training, and supervision of advocates.

The CASA program positively impacts the lives of children by training volunteers to advocate on their behalf in court. Lee, a CASA volunteer who has been doing this for four years said, "I volunteer bec ause I don't believe children should have to be worried about feeling safe in their own home." 

CASA's are caring, compassionate, mature individuals from all walks of life! You  can learn more at www.neincasa.net.
Power of the Purse:
Plans for the 2017 Power of the Purse are underway and t his year's event will take place Friday, April 21st. Event tickets go on sale March 13th and Power Purse tickets are on sale now through the event for $10 each!

Purses are already flooding the UWDC office! Join us on Facebook today at 5:30pm for our very first Facebook Live event to showcase some of the merchandise hanging around our office. This is a sneak peak you definitely don't want to miss!

Event Details:
Friday, April 21, 2017
Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum
1600 South Wayne Street
Auburn, Indiana
oors open at 10:30am
Program and Lunch from 11:30am- 2:00pm
Doors open at 6:00pm
Program begins at 7:00pm
Evening VIP Experience:  
this year is a VIP experience before the dinner event. VIP Hour will take place from 5-6 PM. VIP guests will be treated to signature hors d'ouevres, wine, and a chance to win the VIP purse! 
Power Purse Drawing:
(need not be present to win)
Winner will be drawn LIVE on Facebook!  

Sponsorship opportunities are available now and due February 25th to be included on printed materials. There are many levels and opportunities this year. Please click here to learn how you can be a Power of the Purse event or purse sponsor!

If you have any questions about Power of the Purse, please contact Amanda Davis or Kirby Cool by phone at (260) 927-0995 or by email at amanda@unitedwaydekalb.org or kirby@unitedwaydekalb.org.
"Quality Pre-K Expansion Crucial for Hoosier Economy":

The sooner we view pre-K as a long-term educational, economic and workforce development strategy, the sooner we can build the necessary network of high-quality pre-K options. Our kids deserve access to quality pre-K. Our state needs the long-lasting benefits these programs can deliver. And until every Indiana child has access to high quality pre-K, this conversation must continue.

Early Learning Indiana reports that 7 out of 10 Indiana voters currently support an expansion of pre-K, especially for children living in poverty. Yet it's clear that not all pre-K programs produce the results needed to justify the investment. To be effective, pre-K expansion must make available high-quality programs, robust accessibility, include sound outcome evaluation, and demonstrate the impact of the investment.

Quality is critical. Children enrolled in high-quality pre-K show significantly greater educational, social and emotional gains than those enrolled in lower-quality programs. Quality pre-K programs allow kindergarten teachers to focus on substantive learning rather than slowing the progress of the room to catch-up unprepared children. I mportantly, the gains tied to high-quality programs persist longer. And research shows when states prioritize rapid expansion over quality they end up having a higher share of children whose gains fade by early elementary school.

Happy Anniversary BBBSNEI!

From Big Brother Big Sisters:

"Greetings Friends & Family,
On February 8, 1972, we opened our doors with a vision and a passion to serve young boys through the power of a positive relationship with an adult mentor. This started a movement to make a Big difference in the lives of area children! Forty-five years later the movement is stronger than ever, and tens of thousands of children, boys and girls, have known the benefits of a positive, caring adult provided by the mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Today, those children are located around the country, providing for families of their own and contributing to their communities. Many of these former Littles are showing their appreciation by becoming donors, advocates and volunteers, helping us reach the more than 500 children on our waiting list.
Mentoring has the Power to Change Lives.
Our donors & volunteers are just like you- teachers, executives, parents, retirees, students.. all dedicated to bringing positive change to young lives. Together, we will make the next forty-five years even Bigger than the last!
We are excited to celebrate this milestone and we thank you for your support of our mission."
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