July 2020
Shout Out Btown Shines a Spotlight on Nonprofit Stars

Let's make some good news! Join in shining a spotlight on nonprofit stars in our area who are going above and beyond to continue providing life-saving and life-changing services during these uncertain times. Show your appreciation with Shout Out Btown !

Send a thank you message, video, or photo to a nonprofit organization, program, or staff member so they can feel the love.

Head over to shoutoutbtown to add your message, photo, or video for a nonprofit organization, program, or employee that deserves recognition.Share as many thank you messages as you would like and to browse messages from other community members.

Kudos will be highlighted in social media July 13 - 17.
Wake Up! with United Way "Building a Better Normal"

On Thursday, July 9 at 8 a.m., you can tune in virtually to join the discussion "Building a Better Normal: Addressing Racial and Economic Disparities as We Rebuild from COVID-19." We will explore the challenges posed by the pandemic for racial and economic justice, the opportunities we have to address these issues, and what a better normal could look like.

The panel will feature Dr. Rasul Mowatt, IU College of Arts and Sciences professor in the departments of American Studies and Geography; Dr. Kosali Simon, IU O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs professor and Associate Vice Provost for Health Sciences; and Efrat Feferman, Executive Director of United Way of Monroe County. Mark Fraley, Associate Director of IU Political and Civic Engagement, will moderate.

The event is free, but please RSVP via Eventbrite. You must RSVP by 4pm on Wednesday, July 8th in order to receive the access link to join.
Additional $215,000 in COVID-19 Relief Funds Grants Awarded

We're honored to announce $215,000 in COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Phase 3 grants supporting 20 human service agencies serving people in south central Indiana. This brings the total amount granted to support COVID-19 response and recovery to a total of $1,366,429 from the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.

From financial assistance and food security to legal support and mental health care, the Phase 3 grants will be used to fund priority needs with a focus on resilience.

“As local nonprofits continue to respond to the needs emerging from COVID-19, we must also shift our attention to recovery efforts as we move forward,” said United Way of Monroe County Executive Director Efrat Feferman. “Rather than returning to normal, our community should strive toward a better normal by addressing the disparities and inequities highlighted by the pandemic. These investments are an important step in that process.”

Phase 3 grant recipients include:

  • Amethyst House - $15,000
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana - $15,000
  • Bloomington Refugee Support Network - $5,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington - $16,500
  • Catholic Charities Bloomington - $17,000
  • Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County - $2,800
  • Community Justice & Mediation Center - $4,500
  • District 10 Pro Bono Project - $4,000
  • El Centro Comunal Latino - $19,000
  • Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County - $9,300
  • Hoosier Hills Food Bank - $29,800
  • Hoosier Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America - $2,500
  • Indiana Recovery Alliance - $8,000
  • Monroe County United Ministries - $14,000
  • Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, Inc. - $12,500
  • New Hope for Families - $6,600
  • St. Mark’s Nursery School and Kindergarten - $5,000
  • The Salvation Army - $5,000
  • The Society of St. Vincent de Paul serving Monroe County - $10,000
  • Wheeler Mission - $13,500
The members of First United Methodist Church, Bloomington, are once again living their commitment to social issues. The COVID-19 Relief fund did not escape their compassionate attention! Members have made regular contributions directed to the fund over the course of the last four months and have contributed nearly $8,000 to support social services targeting our most vulnerable populations.  

"We still have our COVID-19 fund active for those who wish to contribute. Thanks again for all the important work you're doing in Bloomington," said Rev. Lisa Schubert-Nowling. 

United Way deeply appreciates the partnership with First United Methodist Church and sends our gratitude to its members who demonstrate their commitment to reimaging a better future for our community.
Has a nonprofit impacted your life during COVID-19?

We are hoping to share some of these stories with the community in the coming months.

If you have received help from a nonprofit organization related to the COVID-19 pandemic, please share your story here.
Hoosier Hills Food Bank extends Fresh Friday Food Distribution

In response to the needs brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic, Hoosier Hills Food Bank will continue distributing food at the food bank every other Friday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. through the months of July and August.

The food distribution is open to any household in need of food. No ID or proof of income is required. Packages will include dairy products, fresh produce, and frozen meat.

The remaining dates for food distribution are July 10, July 24, August 7, and August 21. The food bank is located at 2333 W Industrial Park Dr. For more information, visit www.hhfoodbank.org.
Be More Awards Recipient Reveal

Join in this exciting live streaming event when the Be More Awards will honor all of the nominees and reveal the recipients of each of this year's 10 awards. PLUS...2 special surprise category awards.

Be sure to tune in at BloomingtonVolunteerNetwork.org/bemore or www.facebook.com/VolunteerNetwork at Noon on Tuesday, July 14th to celebrate volunteers and discover who will receive this year's awards!
Get Counted!

No matter who you are, we all count. Make sure you're counted by filling out the 2020 Census.

And data from the Census inform how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed for health clinics, school lunch programs, disaster recovery initiatives, and other critical programs and services for the next 10 years.

The Census Bureau is challenging everyone to help ensure a complete and accurate count in 2020. Visit 2020census.gov to complete the Census. It only takes a few minutes. Get counted!

Upcoming Events:

Virtual Wake Up! with United Way "Building a Better Normal"
Thursday, July 9,  8 - 9 a.m.
Tune in online! RSVP here.

Hoosier Hills Food Bank Fresh Friday Food Distribution
Friday, July 10, July 24, August 7, and August 21, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
2333 W Industrial Park Dr.  More information.

Be More Awards
Tuesday, July 14,  (Noon)
Tune in online! More Information.
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