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Meet Chris Hazel:  
Live United Spotlight

For Chris Hazel, United Way's Finance Director, "Living United" means giving what you can any way you can, whether it is through time, money, or simply helping a neighbor. She believes that we all have the ability to make an impact.   


This year, Chris celebrates 10 years at United Way! Her favorite part of work is being able to see the difference United Way makes in the community and knowing that she is part of this impact. Every time she writes a check for a member agency or a partner initiative, she knows that someone is getting the help they need.   


Chris began at United Way as a part-time office administrator before moving to her current position after 18 months. Today, Chris is indispensable at United Way - what she does touches every aspect of our community accomplishments.

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United Way Named "One to Watch" by United Way Worldwide

The United Way Common Good Award, one of United Way's greatest international honors, highlights coalitions that strengthen communities through innovative practices impacting education, income, and health. 

This year, United Way of Monroe County was named as one of ten worldwide finalists for our work with the Free Community Tax Service.


During the awards ceremony on April 18, our United Way was recognized as "One to Watch" because of our success at bringing together a group of cross-sector leaders to address financial stability, one of our community's largest challenges.   





This Saturday: Stamp Out Hunger: Letter Carriers' Food Drive

Stamp Out Hunger is the largest, single-day food drive in the nation, and an easy way to make a difference in your community! And you can help...

On Saturday, May 11, just leave bags of healthy, non-perishable food near your mailbox. Letter carriers and volunteers will collect them for the Hoosier Hills Food Bank and other area food pantries, which will distribute them to agencies serving thousands of hungry Hoosiers.

The Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is very important to local pantries and neighbors in need. In the spring, food supplies are typically lower. As schools let out for the summer, the need for additional food is greater since children don't have access to free or reduced breakfast and lunch programs.

Will you help us feed even more Hoosiers this year? 


Global Youth Service Day
GYSDGlobal Youth Service Day!


What happens when 230 high school student join together to make a difference? On Friday, April 26th, during Bloomington's second Annual Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) hosted by the Monroe County Youth Council, teens from five area high schools took on projects such as transforming the walls of an after-school center with vibrant painted murals, planting trees, repairing bicycles destined for low-income residents, pulling invasive weeds, and installing community gardens.

United Way was proud to work closely with the Monroe County Youth Council as a lead partner for this community-wide effort.

Students from Bloomington High School North, Bloomington High School South, Edgewood High School, Bloomington New Tech High School, and The Bloomington Graduation School spent their day volunteering at 12 service projects throughout the community. Additionally, 30 adult leaders worked side-by-side with the students. After their projects wrapped-up, the volunteer teams came together at a central location for a time of reflection and group activities.

Photos from the day can be viewed at



FCTSRecepFree Community Tax Service Volunteer Reception


On April 16, more than 40 Free Community Tax Service (FCTS) volunteers, IRS representatives, and United Way staff gathered to celebrate and honor those who made this year's FCTS a success! 

Our Volunteer of the Year, Bob White, and Site Coordinator of the Year, Patrick Thomas, were honored and all volunteers, site coordinators, and host agencies were thanked for their generous commitment to the community. This spring, nearly 200 volunteers worked at 11 sites to prepare tax returns and help local residents claim valuable and often overlooked tax savings - like the Earned Income Tax Credit. (EITC).  


For more information about how you can get involved or volunteer with the Free Community Tax Service next year, contact Ashley Hall at

CharretteCommunity Housing Forum


The South Central Housing Network's Charrette week took place April 22 - 26. During the input session on Monday and Tuesday, community members were invited to help strategize how to end homelessness. Two-hour sessions covered topics such as mental health, addictions, employment, education, services, prevention, and many more.   


Draft recommendations on the Charrette findings were presented on April 26. The Charrette Steering Committee, including United Way Executive Director Barry Lessow, is already back to work discussing how to prioritize and implement the recommendations.  


For more information on this event, please visit the South Central Housing Network website.



HighlightsCampaign Highlights  

Workplaces throughout Monroe & Owen Counties are choosing to make an impact by hosting their own United Way fundraising campaigns. Thanks to the workplaces below for helping ensure that everyone in our community has the building blocks for a better life..




Employees at Harrell-Fish Inc. heated up the campaign by increasing giving over 40% in support of our community. Thanks for helping make a difference! 



City of Bloomington


City of Bloomington employees continue to support our community with over $10,500 pledged to our annual campaign. Thank you! 






Taking advantage of a March Madness themed contest, BioConvergence increased their workplace campaign participation over 180%. Thanks for making an impact!  



Click here for a full list of workplaces that hold United Way fundraising campaigns.

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Money Smart Tips

Did you know if spent $4 LESS each day, you could save $1,460 MORE in one year?

During Money Smart Week at the end of April, partners of the Financial Stability Alliance shared tips via social media and encouraged our community to spread the word about financial matters.


Visit the Financial Stability Alliance Website for a complete list of tips.




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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 24 member agencies and other community partners to focus resources on the building blocks for a better life: education, earnings, and the essentials.