October 2018
It's Money Smart Week!

Did you know that 65% of Hoosiers lack the fundamental level of financial knowledge they need to make careful decisions about their finances? To help increase these skills, we're hosting Money Smart Week kicked off on October 22. The week raises awareness of local financial stability resources and helps people improve their money management skills. Money Smart Week events address important topics for people at any stage of life and financial means. Whether curious about credit scores or ways to stretch budgets further, this week full of events is sure to have something for everyone.

What do you fight for?
 
Ever wonder why your neighbors and co-workers volunteer their time, energy, and funds to United Way? We’ve caught up with several Campaign Cabinet members, committee members, passionate volunteers, and staff members to learn a little more about what motivates them to fight alongside United Way to create a better community for all.
 
We’d love to hear from you! Download and print an “I Fight For” sign , snap a selfie, and send it our way . We just may highlight your photo in social media!

Meet Kyle Parker, Tax Hero

Imagine assisting a struggling family as they realize they’re getting enough back on their taxes to ease financial concerns… all because you helped them claim tax credits that might have otherwise been missed.

This is what Kyle Parker, Free Community Tax Service Site Coordinator, and his team of Tax Heroes do every volunteer shift.
 
Kyle remembers seeing the relief on a single mother's face when she learned she qualified for the Earned Income Tax Credit. "Just being in the room with her, we could feel the relief wash over her as she realized that her refund was going to alleviate so much of the financial pressure and uncertainty she was operating under," said Kyle. "I feel fortunate to have been part of an event that improved a neighbor's life."
 
The Free Community Tax Service is currently seeking volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Last year, Tax Heroes filed more than 2,800 federal tax returns and brought back more than 2.9 million dollars to our community. Join our Free Community Tax Service volunteer team today. Training is provided, and no experience is needed!

Campaign Updates

Vectren hosts United Way at Kick-Off
As Vectren employees kicked off their annual giving campaign, June Taylor, the Volunteer Coordinator at member agency Community Kitchen and Efrat Feferman, United Way Executive Director, spoke to the group about how United Way of Monroe County takes care of our community. They explained how, just like Vectren attends to the critical infrastructure that keeps our community members safe and healthy, United Way does the same with our social infrastructure! Read More >>
Indiana University Kicks Off Campaign

"United Way helps everyone be the best version of themselves. As a youth I needed the opportunities like United Way presents. We were stacked up against the odds. But you can rewrite someone's legacy by giving to United Way."

With these passionate words, IU Head Wrestling Coach Angel Escobedo, kicked off the Indiana University fundraising campaign for United Way.

Contributions by the IU employees, staff, and faculty are vital to the community and have a lasting positive impact. Read More >>

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!  
United Way Talent Show a Delight!

On October 2nd, audience members were wowed by 14 talented acts ranging from magic and percussive dance to groove and Broadway hits. Member agency leaders, staff, and volunteers delighted and impressed at The Talent Show! Proceeds from this fun-filled family-friendly event supports vital services for the people in Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties.

Special thanks to Erin Predmore and Adam Wason for emceeing, to Lori Garraghty for stage management, CATS for recording, and the Buskirk-Chumley Theater staff.

Thanks to event sponsors Indiana University-Bloomington, Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington, Duke Energy, City of the Bloomington, and Monroe County Government.

Events Calendar

October 22 - 26

November 1 - December 15
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
812-334-8370 // info@monroeunitedway.org
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