November 2018
Giving Thanks

As the Thanksgiving holiday draws closer, we at United Way of Monroe County would like to express gratitude for the many gifts this community provides.
 
We feel thankful to live in a place where so many make room in their hearts for their neighbors. I am especially thankful for all of the folks contributing towards our shared mission - our colleagues at member agencies who work tirelessly, our engaged workplace volunteers, a dedicated board of directors, the generous donors who sustain us, and our talented and passionate staff and interns. We are a stronger community because of each and every one of you.
 
We also take this time to reflect on the struggles of those for whom the season brings additional stress, isolation, financial burdens, or stark reminders of vulnerability to cold and hunger. If you or someone you know is struggling in any way, please call 2-1-1 to get connected with the right supports .
Welcome, Babies!
 
Diaper wipes, handwritten notes, and baby blankets are more than just ingredients for baby welcome baskets. They also bring teams together and show our most vulnerable moms that the community cares about them. Recently Renée Petrina, an IU Campaign Team Captain, brought together the University Information Technology Services (UITS) crew to assemble baby baskets as part of their United Way campaign.

The baby baskets will go to first-time moms who are paired with the IU Health Nurse-Family Partnership.

“When I learned about the Nurse Family Partnership, I was so excited about the impact they’ve been able to make in such a short time,” explained Renée .

Honoring Wain Martin

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Wain Martin and we send our heartfelt condolences to all of his loved ones. Wain was a pillar of generosity and action in our community. He volunteered for numerous social service agencies, including United Way. For decades he was an avid supporter and cheerleader for our organization and the people we serve. As a leading member of the IU Retirees, he increased both giving and involvement through his advocacy and enthusiasm for helping others.

In 2008, he was included in campaign materials for United Way of Monroe County and this past spring was honored with our highest volunteer recognition award, the Mary Alice Gray Memorial Award. Wain inspired the best in those around him, closing most meetings with his favorite saying, “Never tire of doing good.” Wain’s presence, energy, compassion, and infectious smile will be missed.

Campaign Updates

“United We Fight. United We Win.” Campaign Currently at $463,724

Did you know that high school graduates earn $700,000 more in a lifetime than a non-graduate? Last year, United Way donors helped ensure that 94% of high school seniors in mentoring programs at member agencies graduated on time, and 91% did so with plans to attend vocational school or college. 4,435 youth in our community were paired up in mentoring relationships or high-quality after school and out of school programs designed to help them succeed throughout life. United Way early reading programs distributed 8,000 books to our youngest learners, helping them build literacy skills and a lifelong love of reading that will put them on the path for graduation and take them far in life. 

Your donation of $20 per month can provide one-on-one after-school tutoring for a youth, helping them to succeed and enjoy learning.

Want to make a difference in our community by raising funds? Interested in having a United Way representative give a presentation to your group? Contact Zach Thomas at zach@monroeunitedway.org today!  
Pass the Pig
Don’t be surprised if you see a porcelain pig popping up this fall! United Way is trotting out this cute fella for Pass the Pig! This little piggy can visit your lobby or checkout counter or be passed around a club meeting, so everyone has a chance to make a donation. 

German American Kicks-Off
German American kicked off its annual giving campaign with a family-friendly chili cook off earlier this month. Amy Stark from member agency Girls Inc. spoke to employees about their work towards teaching girls critical skill sets for success through their lives while Efrat Feferman gave an overview of our work in partnership with 25 member agencies and numerous collaborative initiatives and updated them on the success of the pilot financial coaching program that German American’s corporate gift funded. 

Thanks to German American and its employees for helping our neighbors across Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties learn more, earn more, and lead safer and healthier lives.
Giving Tuesday Countdown

On Tuesday, November 27, United Way of Monroe County invites you to take part in #GivingTuesday. Join our community and many others by participating in this national day of giving. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and following on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a way to show your support for your community and the people in it.

Fight for the people in your community by making a gift to United Way on #GivingTuesday. And, in the holiday spirit, encourage your friends and family to join you in giving! Be sure to tag us in social media and share your support!  

Healthcare Marketplace is Open

If you are uninsured, there are coverage options that can meet your needs and fit your budget. These options include the Affordable Care Act “Health Insurance Marketplace”, the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP 2.0), Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (Hoosier Healthwise). Options available depend on your individual or family income.

The Health Insurance Marketplace sign-up period is open until December 15th. You can enroll in the other programs listed above anytime during the year.

You can apply online at www.healthcare.gov or www.hip.in.gov or contact a local Navigator for application assistance or more information. For more information, dial 2-1-1 where certified call specialists are available 24/7 every day of the year. This service is confidential, available in over 150 languages, and free (cell per-minute charges do apply).

Be a Tax Hero!

The  Free Community Tax Service  is seeking volunteers for the upcoming tax season and we still have about 1/3 of the slots to fill. Last year, Tax Heroes filed more than 2,800 federal tax returns and brought back more than $2.9 million to our community. Join our  Free Community Tax Service volunteer team  today. Training is provided, and no experience is needed!

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.
United Way of Monroe County
441 S College Ave
Bloomington, IN 47403
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