May 2020
How are you?

First of all, how are you? We’re hearing from some folks that they’ve managed to find a sense of rhythm the last few weeks and from others that they’re still struggling. We’d love to hear from you! Tell us what's helped you most during this time. We'll share out responses in the next video message. We look forward to hearing from you! 

We're humbled to have recently awarded $450,000 in COVID-19 Relief Fund Phase 2 grants to 22 local human services organizations. Efrat Feferman, United Way of Monroe County Executive Director, provides an update on these grants and how your support is making a positive difference for local people - right now - during this crisis.

Donations to the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund from individual donors like you and organizations in our community continue to help United Way support local non-profits that are providing crucial services to our community during the pandemic.

In total, the United Way COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund has granted over $1.1M to human service organizations serving people in Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties , ​and donations continue to come in.

It’s incredible to see everyone doing what they can to help, donating dollars, time, sewing skills, or sharing a positive message on social media. We are all doing what we can. So thank you for that - and thank you for supporting your United Way team to help you help others! To join the "army of compassion" click here .

Our deep thanks to supporters of this fund, including Bloomington Elks Lodge #446, Bloomington Health Foundation, Bloomington Sunrise Rotary, Bloomington Township, Blueline, Boston Scientific, Buskirk-Chumley Theater, City of Bloomington, Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, Cook Medical, Duke Energy, Etch Clothing Co., First Financial Bank, First United Church, First United Methodist Church, Hoosier Energy, Indiana United Ways, IU Credit Union, IU Credit Union Volunteer Board of Directors, Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, Lilly Endowment, Inc., Monroe County Government, Old National Bank, Owen County State Bank, Perry Township, Private Individuals, Renaissance Rentals, Smithville Charitable Foundation, Susan Yeley Homes, Tim Ellis Realtors, Truist Foundation, United Way of Monroe County, United Way Worldwide, and Van Buren Township.  
$25,000 in Matching Donation Funds Offered by Bloomington Health Foundation

New individual donations to the United Way COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund are generously being matched up to $25,000 by the Bloomington Health Foundation (BHF). This is the second such matching fund offered from BHF targeting individual and community health-related needs.

You can donate to the Relief Fund online here or by texting COVIDRELIEF2020 to 44-321, and your contribution will be doubled!
COVID-19 Relief Funds Granted to Local Community Foundations

A recent $1.2M gift from Lilly Endowment, Inc., in partnership with Indiana United Ways, is intended to support United Way of Monroe County's full service area, which includes Monroe, Greene, and Owen counties, as well as a portion of Brown County. United Way is partnering with each outlying county's community foundation to administer the following grants based on population figures:

The community foundations will distribute the grants in ways that meet the priority needs of each county. Agencies applying for funding in those counties may contact their community foundation regarding the application process. Links can be found here.

Additionally, Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County received $40,000 in order to support further rounds of rapid response grants for local nonprofits.
United Way Member Agencies Respond to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to nonprofits in our community. United Way member agencies adapted quickly to continue providing services in ways that maintain the health and safety of clients and staff. Your contributions to United Way network of agencies has allowed them to make these changes and ensure that people in need are receiving critical supports.

Member agencies like HealthNet Bloomington Health Center (formerly Volunteers in Medicine), Area 10 Agency on Aging, Boys & Girls Clubs, Shalom Community Center, and Salvation Army are adapting services to follow social distancing and health and safety precautions.

Organizations like Catholic Charities Bloomington, Amethyst House, LIFEDesigns, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana are developing innovative ways to provide services and human connection virtually.

And some agencies like People and Animal Learning Services are finding ways to interact with their clients and the community while they are unable to remain open to the public.

Your continued support of United Way and the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund assists these organizations, and organizations outside of our member agencies, during their responses to COVID-19. Thanks to you, people in need will continue to have access to established services, as well as new support systems needed to respond to emerging needs during the pandemic.
Hoosier Hills to distribute food Saturday, May 23 in response to COVID-19

In response to the needs brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic, Hoosier Hills Food Bank will offer a one-time drive-thru style food distribution on Saturday, May 23 in collaboration with College Mall.

The food distribution is open to any household in need of food. No ID or proof of income is required. Households will receive one bag of dry goods and one bag of fresh produce with information on local options for food and SNAP benefits. Food will be available to the first 1,000 households, while supplies last.

Food will be distributed in the College Mall parking lot. For details on location and the distribution process, as well as additional information, please visit
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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 and grant initiatives, we work with 24 member agencies and other community partners to ensure families have opportunities and everyone can meet basic living needs.
United Way of Monroe County
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