Empowering Your Community
Special Campaign Edition Fall 2016
Empowering Your Community Campaign Kick-Off! 
UWMC Campaign Kick-Off
Campaign Kick-Off speakers: (left to right) Barry Lessow, Kerry Conway, Talisha Coppock, Erin Predmore, Mark Voland
United Way of Monroe County campaign leaders and workplace volunteers kicked off the 2016-2017 "Empowering Your Community" fundraising campaign Wednesday.
Attendees were inspired by the story of Jamie, a child like many in the community who wants to succeed, but faces many obstacles. Like 41% of local children, Jamie qualifies for the free and reduced lunch program and his family struggles to make ends meet. Three United Way member agency directors spoke about how their agencies, with the support of donors and other member agencies, help Jamie and his family get on the path to success. 

Mark Franklin Honored with Mary Alice Gray Memorial Award
Mark Franklin honored with the Mary Alice Gray Award
Mark Franklin (left) accepts the Mary Alice Gray Memorial Award from Barry Lessow.

Mark Franklin's dedication to United Way was recognized as he was honored with the Mary Alice Gray Memorial Award at the Campaign Kick-Off. This award is presented annually for extraordinary volunteer service.

Franklin, Region President of German American Bank, joined the United Way Board as Treasurer, and then served as Board President. During his service as Board President, Franklin spearheaded several programs including the Loaned Executive Program, which recruits talented individuals from area businesses to assist with growing workplace campaigns. Read More >>

Meet Jamie

Jamie is a child similar to many in the community, who wants to succeed, but faces many obstacles. Like 41% of local children, Jamie qualifies for the free and reduced lunch program and his family struggles to stay afloat. Jamie's parents work hard, but it can be difficult to make ends meet. They want to provide a safe home for Jamie and his little sister to learn and grow. Thankfully, with the help of United Way, its network of member agencies, and generous donors, Jamie and his family are able to thrive.
To find out more about how your contribution is helping  to support Jamie's family and families like his, click here.

Get Involved! 
Get Involved_

United Way of Monroe County partners with local businesses and organizations to raise funds that support United Way and our 26 member agencies. Individual gifts and workplace campaigns help us achieve specific goals that really matter: Education, Earnings, and Essentials.   
Want to see how you can help everyone in our community learn more, earn more, and lead a safe and healthier life?  Contact Resource Development Director Sarah Taylor by email or call her at (812) 334-8370. 
Campaign Leadership Announced  Campaign Leadership

We are grateful to these community leaders for their important role in this year's campaign:

Campaign Chair:
  • Talisha Coppock, Executive Director, Downtown Bloomington Inc.
Vanguard Co-Chairs
  • Jim Grandorf, Clinical Professor, ­Indiana University Kelley School of Business
  • Mark Franklin, Region President, German American Bank

Campaign Toolkit Online
Do you want to help promote the United Way campaign among your friends and co-workers? Check out our online toolkit full of graphics, flyers, posters, thank you cards, and other resources to help you get the word out.

Have ideas for other tools? Let us know! 

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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 26 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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