February 2017

A Day with Grandma!

Jamie loves spending time with his grandparents. When he gets to visit, they always take part in the programs at member agency Area 10 Agency on Aging, where they can play fun games or learn to cook something new. Jamie's grandparents have trouble driving, and a donation of $3 a week can provide 50 round trips to go to doctor appointments, get groceries, and run errands. Jamie's grandparents are lucky. They are able to remain independent in their home after having the right modifications made by Area 10. Your donation of $13 a week provides a low-income senior household, like Jamie's grandparents, with a volunteer-built ramp to help them to stay safe in their home.

With flu season hitting its peak, catching a virus on the playground would take Jamie out of school and one of his parents out of work for a few days. Missing school and losing wages to care for a sick child is hard on every family. The flu could hit a senior citizen even harder. Preventive measures are a must, but even with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, hundreds of local low income families have difficulty accessing health care coverage. Member agencies like Volunteers in Medicine and Planned Parenthood help local families by making needed health services accessible. Your donation of $5 per week provides flu shots to 26 high-risk, low income patients. 


File from Home with MyFreeTaxes.com

I t's that time of year again. Tax season can be a stressful time, but it doesn't have to be. United Way offers a free online tax preparation service that can be used anywhere. 
MyFreeTaxes.com is a resource for anyone who earned $64,000 or less in combined Annual Gross Income (AGI). With this service, you can file both state and federal taxes from the comfort of your own home without missing out on valuable tax credits, like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).   
MyFreeTaxes.com gives you the confidence to file from home, or anywhere with an internet connection!

To learn more about MyFreeTaxes.com click here.

To find out about receiving one-on-one help with your taxes, visit monroeunitedway.com/freetaxes 

IU Campaign Co-Chairs Spotlight:
Debbie Lemon & David Johnson 

Why United Way? " Supporting United Way is a part of my philanthropic DNA. It is such an easy way to spread your gifts to so many deserving and diverse organizations that are the backbone of our community. As co-chair of this year's IU campaign, I was privileged to personally witness the impact of our United Way agencies, from Area 10 to the Shalom Center, these agencies provide quality of life services that our neighbors can count on."  
-- Debbie Lemon, IU Campaign Co-Chair & IU Board of Trustees Secretary

Why United Way?  
"I have been a proud supporter of United Way for over 23 years because I believe, together, we can help people up by helping people out of their current situation. There are many reasons I continue to advocate for and give to United Way of Monroe County, but the focus on helping those closest to us--our fellow community members--is number one."
-- David Johnson, IU Campaign Co-Chair & IU Vice Provost, Office of Enrollment Management  
Our annual campaign is in the home stretch and we need you to join in empowering your community! All contributions go to United Way and our 25 member agencies to help people who live here learn more, earn more, and lead safer and healthier lives.

Thanks to our generous donors who so far have contributed $1,145,720! Every dollar donated will help ensure we are able to meet our community's greatest needs throughout 2017.  
Thanks to these organizations and their active commitment to changing lives right here in south central Indiana 

Indiana University  
Indiana University faculty, staff and students demonstrated their commitment to transforming lives throughout our community by exceeding their goal, raising $802,130.  

Old National Bank  
Old National Bank is investing in the future of our community through generous employee contributions of $7,418 along with an $8,000 corporate gift. 

Stone Belt
Employees at Stone Belt, a United Way member agency, contributed an impressive $5,068 to help people get and stay ahead 
Interested in having a campaign at your workplace? It's not too late! Find out how to start empowering your community. Contact our Resource Development Director Sarah Taylor by email or give her a call at (812) 334-8370 ext 13.

Dial 2-1-1 to Get Connected  

Need help or know someone who does? Dial  2-1-1 to find assistance with needs like food, housing, employment, child care, health care, counseling, and senior services. Speak with a call specialist anytime day or night -- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  You can also visit the complete 2-1-1 database online at any time. 
Last year, 3,124 Monroe, Owen, and Greene county residents who needed help dialed 2-1-1. Call specialists made 7,294 referrals to community resources. But not all needs are met. In fact, 9% of callers needed help that was not available, mainly due to lack of programs or because existing programs were already full. Your donation can help ensure we have the programs available that people need when they need them.
This confidential service continues to help thousands of local community members alleviate crises by connecting them to the right resources.

Read more about 2-1-1 here

Upcoming Events

February 1 - April 14
Locations throughout Monroe & Owen counties 
More info at  monroeunitedway.org/freetaxes

February 1 - April 18
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FAFSA (Federal Student Aid) Deadline
Friday, March 10th
Learn more at fafsa.ed.gov 

Volunteer celebration: March 28th 
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United Way of Monroe County is a nonprofit organization that improves  people's lives by addressing critical needs today and working to reduce those needs tomorrow. Through our Community Action Fund, Priority Funds, and grant initiatives, we work with 25 member agencies and other community partners to focus resources on the building blocks for a better life: education, earnings, and the essentials.
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