October 2019
Change begins with you! Are you in?
“Change begins with you. It begins with me. It begins with us,” Jim Sims, United Way of Monroe County 2019-2020 Campaign Cabinet Chair rallied support and inspired attendees during the annual Campaign Kick-Off event. 
At the September 12 luncheon, community members and volunteers gathered to connect and lend their support towards the mission of United Way. Speakers reinforced why it's important for all of us to stand up to ensure families in Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties have opportunities and everyone can meet basic living needs. 

Efrat Feferman, Executive Director of United Way of Monroe County, hosted a panel discussion featuring partner agency representatives William Morris, Attorney at Law at Indiana Legal Services; Kaitlin King, LCSW, Senior Clinical Therapist at Catholic Charities Bloomington; and Emily Pike, Executive Director of New Hope for Families.

The discussion focused on families in our community that live just about the poverty line and do not qualify for federal assistance, but still struggle to meet their basic needs. These families are called ALICE families: Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, but Employed.
FARMbloomington hosting Dine & Give for United Way Oct. 8th
Reserve your spot today at FARMbloomington for a community fundraising dinner benefiting United Way of Monroe County. Join friends and neighbors on Tuesday, October 8th at 6pm to share in a delicious meal:
  • Salad: Good Life Farms Mixed Greens with Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onions, House Citrus Vinaigrette

  • Entrée: Not Yo Momma’s Grass-Fed Beef Meatloaf, Sautéed Greens, Smashed Potatoes OR Stone Oven Baked Pasta with Good Life Farms Mushrooms, Seasonal Vegetables, Parmesan Cream Sauce

  • Dessert: Mama’s Seasonal Cobbler with Chantilly Whipped Cream.

Plus, for this event only, a signature United Way cocktail will be available for purchase -- a delightful blend of white rum, blue curacao, orange juice & lime juice (inspired by United Way colors, of course).
*Beverage, tax, and gratuity not included. No advance payment necessary.
**Gluten-Free/Dairy Free and Vegan meals available upon request

This community-building dinner is only $20 per person, with half the proceeds donated to United Way.

RSVP entree choice by Oct. 4 to events@farm-bloomington.com .

Hosted with support from IU Bloomington.
Wake Up! with United Way "The Work Ahead: United Way's Advocacy Agenda 2020" Oct. 10
This month at Wake Up! with United Way, we'll be joined by Kathryn Habecker, Impact & Advocacy Manager of Indiana United Ways, to learn about upcoming state and federal opportunities for engagement and collective impact. Kathryn engages and guides United Way agencies through community impact work, outcomes measurement, and public policy. Designing and leading engagement of local United Ways at the Statehouse, working year-round with legislators and key community stakeholders in home districts, and targeting activism on priority issues, Kathryn manages the public policy initiatives around the state and advocates for policies that provide stability, encourage upward economic mobility, and expand access to healthy, safe, and thriving communities for all Hoosiers. We're delighted to welcome her to Monroe County!

This month's breakfast is free, but please RSVP if you are planning on attending.

Wake Up! with United Way is a collaborative project of United Way of Monroe County and Indiana University's Political and Civic Engagement Program, with thanks to Old National Bank for series support.
Build Literacy Kits for local kids at Day of Action! Oct. 11
Did you know the number of books in a child's home is strongly linked to better educational outcomes later in life? Volunteers will gather for a Day of Action on Friday, October 11 to assemble literacy backpacks for children in Pre-K through sixth grade.  

Presenting Sponsors Duke Energy and Old National Bank share a commitment and passion for childhood success. As a result of their generous donation totaling $9,000, 600 children will receive literacy backpacks which will build a love for reading. 

Interested in being a part of the Day of Action? Join in making a difference in the lives of kids in Monroe County by building literacy backpacks and for a social hour at BJ’s Brewhouse afterwards.

Deadline to register to volunteer and RSVP for the social hour is Oct. 4.

Thanks to Presenting Sponsors Duke Energy and Old National Bank, and Social Sponsor BJ’s Brewhouse.
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
431 S College Ave
Bloomington, IN 47403
812-334-8370 // info@monroeunitedway.org