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StampOutHungerAre you ready to Stamp Out Hunger?
 

Simply fill a grocery bag (or two) with healthy, non-perishable food and leave it near your mailbox this Saturday morning (May 10th) to be picked up.

 

During the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive letter carriers and volunteers will collect bags of food that people, like you, set out by their mailboxes. It is easy to donate!  

 

The items most needed are canned proteins, vegetables and fruits, peanut butter, cereal, juice, and juice boxes. Donations are delivered to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank to feed hungry Hoosiers. All donations are appreciated but to protect our letter carriers, volunteers, and beneficiaries please do not donate open packages, expired or perishable food, or any goods contained in glass jars.

 

Having adequate nutrition is an essential need and key to building a better life.  Locally, 1 in 5 children are at risk of going hungry in Monroe County. You can make a real difference right here in your community by participating in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive this Saturday.
 
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Live United Spotlight: Meet 
 Jerry Sutherlin 
 

For Jerry Sutherlin, the upcoming Stamp Out Hunger food drive is a family affair. This day holds a special meaning - giving back to the community, collecting food for hungry Hoosiers, and spending the day volunteering with his daughter.  

 

For the past 20 years, Jerry has been actively involved in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive which encourages people to place a bag of non-perishable groceries by their mailbox for pick-up by their postal carrier. He first became involved as a letter carrier and then in the late '90s stepped up to be the Coordinator.

 

His favorite part of volunteering is the day of the food drive when letter carriers pick up donations at mailboxes. It wonderful to see how generous community members are but also special because he and his daughter, April, spend the day volunteering together. Even now that April is in her thirties and lives in Virginia, she returns to Bloomington to spend the day volunteering with her dad.

 

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Thanks to our Leadership Donors!

Earlier this spring, more than 65 supporters joined us for the annual Vanguard Leadership Reception at the historic Wells House on the IU campus. This event recognizes Leadership donors for the important role they play in the United Way Campaign and our community.

The reception was graciously hosted by Indiana University President Michael McRobbie and Indiana University Provost Lauren Robel. The President and Provost thanked both Vanguard and Young Leaders Society donors for their dedication to United Way. Vanguard Chair Jim Grandorf, United Way Board President Heidi Schulz, and United Way Executive Director Barry Lessow joined in thanking Leadership donors and highlighting the impact of United Way and our member agencies and initiatives.

Funds raised in the campaign support many local programs and help build a better a better tomorrow for everyone in our community.

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>> Click here to view photos from the event. 
Campaign Highlights
Campaign Highlights 
 
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 improve lives by achieving specific goals in the areas of Education, Earnings, and Essentials. 



German American
is growing our community with a $16,583 donation including employee and corporate contributions.  


The employees at the Monroe County Government donated a generous $2,764 to create a better tomorrow.

 

Harrell-Fish Inc. employees heated up the campaign by donating a cool $3,000.



MainSource Bank
invested $2,048, including employee and corporate contributions, to create a better tomorrow. 

 

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.
 
Want to learn more about giving to United Way? Contact Resource Development Director Sarah Hayes by email or call her at (812) 334-8370.

 

When you think about Bloomington, "deserts" may be the last thing that comes to mind. But in reality, Monroe County does have deserts -- food deserts. Food deserts are areas that prevent the easy food choice from being a healthy food choice. Often times in food deserts, unhealthy options are more easily available and less expensive than traveling to the nearest grocery store or farm market stand. 

 

One way we can transform food deserts into oases is to work with local schools. And we are excited to partner with IU Health Bloomington Hospital Community Health to fund School Gardens at several Title I and underserved schools within the Monroe County Community School Corporation and Richland Bean Blossom School Corporation. School Gardens purposefully connect the garden to the curriculum by tying into grade-appropriate Indiana Department of Education standards. Studies suggest that school gardens enhance student achievement.

 

Recently Hoosier Hills Career Center and Bloomington High School North's VOICE Girls' Group joined the School Garden program by creating a unique garden partnership. VOICE focuses on making positive, healthy choices and creating opportunities for young women to interact with female mentors through activities during and after school. This particular school garden project also includes children enrolled at the Hoosier Hills Career Center Daycare. 

 

 
What does Global Youth Service Day mean to our community? Rebuilding bikes, installing walking paths, mentoring young students, preparing community gardens, painting murals, planting flowers, assembling racks, and removing invasive plants are just a smattering of the projects taken on by local youth April 11th during the third annual Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). Youth from more than 100 nations participated in GYSD, making it the largest service event in the world.

Locally organized by the Monroe County Youth Council, GYSD was supported by the Asset Building Coalition, the Bloomington Volunteer Network, and United Way of Monroe County. This year's GYSD brought over 250 high school students together in service projects focused on issues like poverty, hunger, environment, and literacy. New this year, high school students paired with elementary school students to share their day of service and to instill a love of volunteering in another generation. Also new this year was a project involving IU undergraduates and middle school students, hosted by SPEA's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and the Civic Leaders Living and Learning Center. In total, over 600 youth in our community participated in this day of service!

 

Upcoming Events 

Saturday, May 10    

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive  

Your mailbox  
 

Tuesday, May 27   

Get on the Path to Financial Success  

4:30 - 5:30pm 

Monroe County United Ministries

 

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United WayUnited 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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