May 2018
Celebrating Volunteers, Businesses, and a Great Campaign!

Volunteers, donors, and supporters recently joined us in celebrating the 2017-2018 “United We Fight. United We Win.” fundraising campaign. Workplaces and volunteers received recognition for their outstanding contributions.Guests were also treated to a special musical performance by member agency Area 10 Agency on Aging Hand Drummer group.

The excitement was evident as Campaign Co-Chairs Wendy Hernandez and Denise Lessow announced the campaign total of $1,315,200.

This Saturday Join Matt to
Stamp Out Hunger

“The best thing about the Stamp Out Hunger food drive is seeing people’s generosity each year,” said Matt Hovious, postal worker, NALC Branch 828 member, and Stamp Out Hunger volunteer. “It really sticks with me!”

Join Matt this Saturday, May 12th to help Stamp Out Hunger by placing a grocery bag (or two) filled with non-perishable food in non-breakable containers by your mailbox. The event is rain or shine!

These donations are critical to local food banks as they often experience a dip in contributions over the summer months. As schools let out for the summer, the need for additional food is greater since young students don't have access to free or reduced breakfast and lunch programs.

Real Men Read Receive Duke Energy Grant

Volunteer Real Men Read MENtors will be visiting kindergarten classrooms for the first time in Eastern Greene Elementary School and returning to Spencer-Owen and Richland-Bean Blossom Community Schools in the 2018-2019 academic year. United Way of Monroe County received a $10,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to increase the capacity of the Real Men Read program. Duke Energy was a key funding partner to launch the program in 2013 and their generosity continues today.

“Real Men Read gets kids interested in learning, and provides the books we know will propel them farther in their education,” said Chase Techentin, Community Initiatives Associate at United Way. 

Diaper Dash supports new Nurse Family Partnership 

Like to run or walk to support new families? On Saturday, May 19th, United Way and other community partners are sponsoring a 5k Diaper Dash run/walk to support the Nurse Family Partnership. The cost to participate is one pack of diapers and the first 100 participants receive a free t-shirt to show support.

“Indiana has one of the highest occurrences of infant mortality in the country. It’s ranked 44th,” said Amy Meeks, supervisor for the new Nurse Family Partnership program at IU Health that opened in February.

The Nurse Family Partnership aims to address this by pairing a first time, low income mother-to-be with a nurse that works one-on-one with her throughout her pregnancy and for the first two years of her child’s life.

Wain Martin Honored

During the recent Campaign Celebration, Wain Martin was presented with the Mary Alice Gray Memorial Award for extraordinary volunteer service. This award recognizes United Way volunteers who have made a significant and sustained contribution to the organization. Wain has been involved with United Way for decades. As a leading member of the IU Retirees, he has inspired increased giving and involvement. In addition to his United Way volunteer work, he gives of his time to numerous local organizations and inspires the best in those around him, closing most meetings with “Never tire of doing good.”

Campaign Spotlight: Co-Chair Denise Lessow

"United Way has evolved to meet new challenges," said Denise Lessow, Campaign Co-Chair. "It makes investments where they will do the most good. It makes sure that, every day, people have access to healthful food, decent shelter, quality medical care and supportive crisis services. And it helps those services stay coordinated with one another and ensures accurate local information is available to anyone 24/7 through the free anonymous 2-1-1 information and referral line." She continued, "I'm honored to have worked with Wendy Hernandez, and with Efrat and her excellent team, to co-chair the 2017-2018 campaign." 

1976 Broke Campaign Records

In 1976, United Way's Annual Campaign raised over $500,000 -- breaking records for previous campaigns. Funds raised throughout the annual campaigns are hard at work throughout the year addressing critical needs in our community.
 
As we celebrate the bicentennials of the City of Bloomington and Monroe County in 2018, United Way is reflecting on our own history in the community. Throughout the year, each newsletter will feature a memory about United Way's long history in Monroe County. 
 
Do you have a United Way memory to share?We'd enjoy hearing from you at  info@monroeunitedway.org
  
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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441 S College Ave
Bloomington, IN 47403
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