October 2015
Money Smart Week Fall 2015
Get Money Smart! 
Oct 16 - 22 is Money Smart Week

Wonder what your money personality is? Looking for tasty tailgate snacks on a budget, home winterization tips, or money-themed games for teens? What about end of life financial planning?

Learn more about money and how to manage it at free events during Money Smart Week. Come help us kick-off the week at Food Truck Friday on October 16th where you can learn more about your financial personality and take photos in the character cutouts of a spender and a saver.

Full calendar of events and more info at www.monroeunitedway.org/MSWFall15

Money Smart Week is sponsored by the Financial Stability Alliance for South Central Indiana, in partnership with United Way of Monroe County and the Monroe County Public Library.

Volunteer Spotlight:
Dennis Cromwell
IU United Way Campaign Chair &  
Real Men Read MENtor  

Why United Way?
"It is because the agencies of United Way make a difference in our community and United Way allows the agencies to spend more time focusing on their missions. I see the work these dedicated staff and unselfish volunteers perform to improve the lives of children, women, and men in Monroe County and surrounding areas. They simply need our support to take care of those in need today and with that helping hand, reduce the need in months and years to come."
-- Dennis Cromwell, Associate Vice President, Client Services and Support, Indiana University.
Lennie's Dine & Donate every Tuesday in October
Dine Out, Support United Way 

Who's up for pizza, salad, pasta, stroms, sandwiches, scrumptious desserts, or handcrafted ales?

Every Tuesday in October you have the chance to support United Way in a delicious way! Simply print this certificate, then dine out at Lennie's Restaurant and Brew Pub after 4pm any Tuesday in October. When you do, 20% of your tab will be donated to United Way to help fund crucial programs in our community.

Lennie's is located at 1795 E 10th St,
Your Donation Has Power. Give Now

Our annual campaign is up and running with individuals, local businesses, and organizations in full campaign swing working to help us meet our $1.3M fundraising goal to support United Way and our 25 member agencies.

The early returns are in and we are thrilled to see such strong early community support.  

Thanks to these organizations for their active commitment to our community:

Great West
Great West Casualty Company is demonstrating their power by increasing their giving for the second year in a row! Thanks so much Great West for raising $7,746 dollars for this year's United Way campaign.

Catholic Charities 
Congratulations to member agency Catholic Charities Bloomington for being the first to finish its United Way workplace campaign and raising over $300!
It's not too late to start a campaign at your workplace. Want to see how you can help people grow, succeed, unite, and thrive right here in our community?  Contact Resource Development Director Sarah Taylor by email or call her at (812) 334-8370.

Be a Tax Hero! Be a Tax Hero

The Free Community Tax Service, led by United Way of Monroe County, is currently seeking volunteers for the 2016 tax season at program sites in Bloomington, Ellettsville, and Spencer. If you'd like to be a Tax Hero, get in touch with us by November 13, 2015.  

The Free Community Tax Service helps low- and moderate-income residents file federal and state returns for no charge, claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, and receive 100 percent of their refund quickly and easily.  

Volunteers do not need to have any prior experience with preparing taxes, only a desire to help others. Volunteers will receive complete training and support to become IRS-certified Tax Preparers. Detailed info at www.financialstabilityalliance.org/volunteer.html.

Upcoming Events  

Dine & Donate @ Lennie's
Every Tuesday in October, after 4pm 
1795 E 10th Street

Proceeds benefit United Way
Wed, Oct 14

A week filled with free events to build financial smarts
Oct 16 - 22
Fall Fest and Haunted House hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters 
Sat, Oct 23
5:00 - 7:00 pm
1037 N Summit St, Bloomington (Crestmont Boys & Girls Club)

Money Smart Week Events

What's Your Money Personality?
Fri, Oct 16 (Food Truck Friday)
5:00-8:00 p.m.
Chocolate Moose, 401 S Walnut St, Bloomington

Tasty Tailgate Food Demo
Sat, Oct 17
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Monroe County Public Library

It's Getting Chili! Home Winterization Tips
Mon, Oct 19
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Ellettsville Public Library
Teen Game Night
Wed, Oct. 21
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Monroe County Public Library
End of Life Financial Planning
Thur, Oct 22
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Fountain Square Mall, Room 240, 101 W Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington

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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 25 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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