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United Way and Partners Encourage Residents to "Keep Your Cash! Claim Your Credit!"

"Keep Your Cash! Claim Your Credit!" These simple words welcomed community members at events aimed to raise awareness of the Free Community Tax Service during Earned Income Tax Credit Day on Friday, January 31st.


United Way of Monroe County, the Financial Stability Alliance for South Central Indiana, and partners successfully launched this year's Free Community Tax Service season with two "Keep Your Cash! Claim Your Credit!" outreach events in Monroe and Owen counties at Babbs Super Valu in Spencer and Monroe County United Ministries, a United Way member agency, in Bloomington.


The EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low- and moderate-income working individuals and families. Unfortunately, 1 out of 5 people who are eligible don't claim their credit. When the EITC is claimed, it can result in a significant income boost - up to $6,044 for those who qualify! Claiming the EITC is particularly important at a time when more workers may qualify due to reduced incomes.  Read More >> 

Live United Spotlight: Meet 
 Legene White 

Possibilities. For Legene White, it's the possibility that if many people join together and give, even in a small way, our community will greatly benefit. Great power lies in numbers and Legene believes this is an integral part of Living United. "One solitary individual may only have a small impact - but when lots of people unite around a common cause, it becomes very powerful."  


As Director of the Cox Research Scholars Program at the Indiana University Hutton Honors College and as a Team Captain for the United Way campus campaign, she has the opportunity to bring together IU staff to make a positive impact in the community.


During United Way campaign meetings, Legene has learned a great deal about the community -- both the needs and the programs in place to help people. "There are many, many layers of local needs and most of us have no concept of those needs." She believes the annual United Way fundraising campaign is a great opportunity for IU staff to rally together and improve our community.   


Having met several member agency directors, Legene is moved by their incredible skills, great ideas, and passion.  Read More >>   

MoCOAD Helps with Recent Flood Recovery Efforts
Four days before Christmas, several Monroe County homes were flooded by a combination of snow melt and heavy rains that left behind destruction and mud. Since that event, those affected by rising waters have been flooded with support from friends, neighbors and recovery teams.  


Ready to assist in the aftermath of local catastrophes, the Monroe County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (MoCOAD) has been reaching out and connecting people in need to disaster recovery services.  


MoCOAD was formed in 2011 by United Way and the other partners that had helped over 100 families recover from the 2008 floods. MoCOAD is an on-the-ready network of representatives from local government, businesses, and nonprofit agencies. Through communication, education, and resource coordination, MoCOAD enhances the community's ability to mitigate, prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from large-scale disasters.  


Two United Way member agencies, the Monroe County Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, have been providing essential aid to the Ellettsville community since the time the flooding struck.  Read More >>

Campaign Highlights
Campaign Highlights 
Each fall, United Way of Monroe County partners with local businesses and organizations to raise funds that support United Way and our 24 member agencies. Individual gifts and campaigns at community-minded workplaces like these are helping us achieve specific goals in the areas of Education, Earnings, and Essentials.  
There's still time for you to join your neighbors in helping to create a better tomorrow for our community.

The need continues and so does this year's United Way campaign.  Please give today through your workplace or by clicking here.


Clendening, Johnson & Bohrer, P.C. partners and associates are leading the way by generously contributing $5,000.    





The Herald-Times generously supported our community through  $4,851 in employee contributions and a $5,500 corporate gift.  




Meadowood Retirement Community members are continuing their legacy of support by donating $11,155. 





Vectren employees, including members of IBEW 1393, are heating up the campaign by donating $6,020 with an additional $1,080 corporate gift.  





Monroe County Community School Corporation staff are creating a better tomorrow by donating $4,055 to United Way. 






IU Health Bloomington and its employees are improving the health of our community in more ways than one by raising over $47,000 for the campaign.  



Giving Societies 
Join the club and lead the way by joining the Vanguard Leadership Society. Or, if you are under 40, consider becoming a Young Leader. Individual and combined gifts qualify for membership. Find out more.
Workplace Campaigns 
Start a workplace campaign and join all the great businesses and organizations that come together to make our community better. It's fun, easy, and makes a big impact!
Want to hold a campaign in your workplace or learn more about giving to United Way? Contact Resource Development Director Sarah Hayes by email or call her at (812) 334-8370.

Manage Your Money Like a Millionaire!

Make 2014 the start of your financial future! United Way and hYPe (Helping Young Professionals Excel) are offering an evening to jump start young professionals' financial futures! During the event, you can file your taxes for FREE and have an IRS-certified volunteer on-hand to answer questions. Local financial experts will also be present to offer ideas about how to best grow your assets. With advice and help on small business financial management, taxes, home buying, saving for retirement and investing, you're sure to get on the path to being a money master.


"Manage your Money like a Millionaire" will be held February 12th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Please register at by February 11th.


Helping Young Professionals Excel (hYPe) is a program of The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce.   Read More >>

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And when you file electronically you'll get your refund fast - so file today! 
Visit to file your own taxes for free right now!  Read More >>

Upcoming Events 


Now thru April 12

Free Community Tax Service

Sites throughout Monroe & Owen counties


February 7, 2014

Be More Awards

Volunteer Nominations Due


February 8, 2014

Children's Expo: Call of the Wild

Batchelor Middle School

900 West Gordon Pike

10:00am - 1:00pm


February 12, 2014

hYPe: Manage your money like a Millionaire! 



February 14, 2014 

Media Roundtable for NonProfits

Hosted by NPA



March 2, 2014
Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center

302 South College Ave.


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United Way
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.
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