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United Way of
Monroe County
Live United - United Way
Community Matters Fall 2012


KickOffUnited Way Campaign Kick-Off!
United Way Kick-Off Speakers 
Keynote speaker and IU Head Baseball Coach Tracy Smith, Vanguard Chair Jim Grandorf, Executive Director Barry Lessow, and Campaign Chair Heidi Schulz at the United Way Kick-Off

United Way of Monroe County enthusiastically launched the 2012-2013 "Make an Impact. Every Day. United Way." fundraising campaign with a successful kick-off event Friday, September 7th.  

Keynote speaker IU Head Baseball Coach Tracy Smith spoke passionately about the impact made every day with donations to United Way. "United Way and their member agencies are a valuable component of our society... We all can give. We all can give at our own level. And you might wonder how do we reach that goal? We need to step outside our comfort zone. Ask people to give and speak about why you give. Be persistent, be passionate... we are all part of something bigger than ourselves."
Trio of Kick-Off pics
Click here to see more pictures from the Kick-Off!
Click here to see the Kick-Off media coverage

Priority Funds PriorityFundsNew! Priority Funds 
New this year, United Way of Monroe County has introduced Priority Funds, a new way for donors to make an impact. We and our member agencies improve the community by focusing our work on three areas:  Education, Earnings, and Essentials. Through Priority Funds, donors can now focus their support on any or all of these areas.

Donations to each Priority Fund are granted by the volunteer Vision Council to member agencies that are creating measurable impacts toward those goals. The Priority Funds complement the Community Action Fund, which is allocated to ensure our community is meeting its most critical needs. Read More >>

Matching Grant MatchingGrantMatching Grant Opportunities! 
We have special matching opportunities during the 2012-2013 campaign. United Way was awarded a grant from the Indiana Association of United Ways that matches many donations by... 
  • Vanguard Leaders
  • Young Leaders
  • Loyal Contributors
  • Workplace Campaigns



Front Page ChallengeBloomMagBloom Magazine Challenge        

Bloom Magazine and United Way have joined forces to generate awareness of our community's needs and raise funds for United Way and its member agencies.


Now through October 15th, you can donate to United Way and help your favorite business earn a spot on the cover of Bloom's December 2012/January 2013 issue.


To show your support of a favorite business (or two),

Donate Now DonateHow Do I Donate? 
It's easy! You can make a contribution with cash, check, credit card, automatic bank withdrawal, stocks and securities, or can choose to be billed. Just visit monroeunitedway.org and donate securely via credit card or download a pledge card and return it to our office.

If your workplace holds a United Way campaign, be on the lookout for your pledge card -- you can also donate through payroll deduction!

And, if you'd like for your workplace to hold a campaign, contact Resource Development Director Lori Garraghty by e-mail or call her at (812) 334-8370.

Heidi LeadershipCampaign Leadership 
Join United Way in thanking these individuals for their hard work in ensuring the 2012-2013 campaign will be a success!

  • Heidi Schulz, Campaign Chair, IU Hutton Honors College
  • Jim Grandorf, Vanguard Chair,
    IU Kelley School of Business  

Schulz and Grandorf are joined by these outstanding 2012-2013 Loaned Executives:  

  • Jeff Baldwin, Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Robin Bougher, German American
  • Amy Jackson, Stone Belt Arc
  • Julia Karr, General Electric
  • Amanda Nickey, Mother Hubbard's Cupboard
  • Dayleen Ragains, German American
  • Tony Rastall, Old National Bank
  • Ilene Schaeffer, Fifth Third Bank
  • Kelli Wesley, IU Health Bloomington

Your UW in Action

GalleryStoryYou help ensure our children have the best start - ready to succeed in school and in life.
PreK Tower Build
Grabbing a red block, Josiah stretches to place it at the top of his tower. He proudly looks at his creation. His teacher, Ms. Susan, gives him a high-five and wonders aloud if he's made a tower this tall before. 

Although it seems like simple play, while Josiah is building a block tower, his brain is learning and growing. In this bright and cheery classroom, he is building more than a tower -- he is building skills that will help him enter kindergarten ready for success, and later, graduate ready for life. 
Live United Gallery CityHallGalleryFINAL WEEK! Live United Photography Gallery at City Hall through September!
Live United Photography by Kendall Reeves is currently on display through September 30th in the Showers Atrium of City Hall.   


Through this collection of compelling photos, United Way of Monroe County is highlighting the many ways that community members choose to LIVE UNITED.

See five stories that beautifully illustrate how people who LIVE UNITED are making an impact in our community every day.

Kendall Reeves is the owner of Spectrum Studio of Photography & Design and owner of Gallery406. Kendall has photographed people and places around Monroe County for more than 25 years. Our deepest thanks to Kendall for volunteering his time and talents to United Way. 
Money Smart Week 
MoneySmartMoney Smart Week Oct 5-12! 

From October 5th-12th, the Financial Stability Alliance for South Central Indiana, led by United Way, will host the third Money Smart Week in collaboration with the Monroe County Public Library.  


The week is full of activities, events, and panels that bring the community together around financial stability issues. Whether you are looking to fix your credit, make a snazzy duct tape wallet, or learn how local service providers help, there's something for everyone!


For more information and a complete schedule of events, click here.  

In This Issue  


Campaign Kick-Off!  


New! Priority Funds 


Matching Grant Opportunity 


Bloom Magazine Challenge 


How Do I Donate? 


Campaign Leadership 


Your Impact: Josiah 


Live United Photography at City Hall


Money Smart Week: Oct 5 -12  


Upcoming Events


Did You Know?


Donate Now  


Find us on Facebook  


 Did you know? 


Did You Know Square  

Working to improve the lives of community members tomorrow begins with action today. Your donations make an impact. Every day. 


Girls participating in Operation SMART at Girls Inc. improved their science knowledge by 87% and their math knowledge by 72%.

provides a youth with a scholarship to attend a high-quality after-school program for 1 year. 



Earnings...  421 community members took part in 1,048 JobLinks employment counseling sessions at Shalom Community Center and Salvation Army.

$10/wk provides 520 round-trip bus tickets for people going to job interviews.   

Essentials... 115,352 bags of groceries and 696,937 meals were provided to community members at risk of hunger. 

provides 4 children from low-income households with a food-filled backpack each weekend.  


EventsCalendarCalendar of Upcoming Events:

Through September 30 (FINAL WEEK!):
Live United Photography Gallery
This collection of compelling photos by Kendall Reeves highlights the many ways that community members choose to LIVE UNITED.
Photos are on display at the Showers Atrium at City Hall.
Click here for more information.

October 1: Nearly Naked Mile
Thanks to the IUAA for dedicating the proceeds from this event to United Way. Runners donate 2 articles of clothing or $10 to participate. 
Click here for more information.

October 5-12: Monroe County Money Smart Week
Learn more about money and how to manage it.
Click here for more information.

October 20: SCIAEYC Conference
Putting the Pieces Together: Nurturing the Whole Child.  A conference focusing on early childhood education. Download the conference brochure.

October 26: BHA Fall Fair, 4-7 pm
Check out our Financial Stability Alliance "Fall Into Finances" activities for children and their parents... paint a pumpkin bank and explore financial program resources. At the Crestmont Boys & Girls Club on Summit St.


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