December 2016
 
Make Days Merry & Bright
The holidays can mean a time of giving and sharing, but for many in our community it can also mean a time of uncertainty and increased stress. 
 
For kids like Jamie and his sister, winter means looking forward to snowball fights, sledding, winter break at school, and hopefully holiday gifts. But his parents are concerned about rising heat bills, winter clothes, out-of-school time, and having enough to eat when their hours at work get cut. Thanks to United Way donors, his family will have access to winter heating assistance, warm coats and shoes, pantries stocked with nutritious food, programs at youth agencies, and some gifts under the tree.
 
This holiday season you can help make days merrier and brighter for everyone around you. Your gift to United Way is the single best way to help the most people succeed year round. In fact, 1 in 3 community members benefit from your contribution. Your donation helps the neediest in our community strengthen the three building blocks for a better life - Education, Earning, and the Essentials. Thanks for making the holidays merry and bright! 

Make your donation today to help kids like Jamie have a brighter future. 

 
 
 
Our annual campaign is up and running and we encourage you to join in empowering your community! All contributions go to United Way and our 26 member agencies to help the people in our community learn more, earn more, and lead safer and healthier lives.

Thanks to our generous donors who have so far contributed $704,142! Every dollar donated will make a local, lasting impact.
 
Thanks to these organizations and their active commitment to changing lives right here in south central Indiana 
     
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IU Health Bloomington Hospital  
IU Health Bloomington team members demonstrated the strength it takes to exceed their goal, and raised an impressive $45,405 to achieve life-changing results for local residents. 
  
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Great West Casualty  
Employees at Great West Casualty are ensuring the future of our community by contributing $6,844 to the campaign.
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Monroe County United Ministries

Staff members from Monroe County United Ministries, a United Way member agency, generously donated $1,248 to make sure everyone has the education, earnings, and essentials they need.
       
Interested in starting 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.
 

Get Wise to FamilyWize
You can save a lot of money using coupons. There are TV and YouTube shows about people who've turned coupon clipping into an art form. But, how often do you see a coupon for prescription medicines?

United Way of Monroe County is proud to partner with FamilyWize to offer a free card that can lower your prescription cost on thousands of medications. You can learn more and download YOUR free card at www.monroeunitedway.org/familywize.


Prescription costs can be a minor challenge for some people and a prohibitive expense for others.  The FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card is free and offers immediate savings at participating pharmacies. The card can be used by people who have no health insurance, by people with health insurance during deductible periods, and for prescription medicine not covered by health insurance, Medicare and other benefit plans. 

FamilyWize also provides a Drug Price Lookup Tool, an online resource to compare prescription medication prices and find local pharmacies with the lowest FamilyWize price.


**  This article was published in the December 2016 INStride publication. Thanks to the Herald-Times and INStride for increasing awareness about local programs to help manage health care costs. **


Make Your Year-End Giving Count!
The end of the year is a time to give back, as well as make sure you are maximizing tax benefits! There are many ways to give, from monetary gifts by check or credit card, to gifts of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.

Click here to visit our Year-End Giving Page for information and timelines.

For additional questions about your gift, email us at  pledges@monroeunitedway.org or call 812-334-8370. 

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United Way 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 26 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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