ELEVATE: Around the World in 90 Minutes

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This year, ELEVATE presented by GEICO puts a virtual stamp in your passport for a whirlwind tour to three continents in just 90 minutes – in the comfort of your own home (and in your pajamas, if you like).

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Winter Assistance Fund

Long winter months mean drastic increases of heat and electricity bills for families and individuals who are already struggling to afford the basics to survive. These households are being forced to make tough decisions just to keep the lights on and stay warm.

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United Way of Central Indiana has adapted our work and deployed every available resource to ensure our team is immediately and directly responding to the unique needs of our community during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Community Economic Relief Fund

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, organizations serving populations in need find themselves under-resourced to meet a growing demand for those services. Established by founding partners Lilly Endowment Inc., Central Indiana Community Foundation (through the Glick Fund and The Indianapolis Foundation), Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation and United Way this fund supports human services organizations and the individuals and families they serve.

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United Way is here to support our neighbors through crisis. Too many people in Central Indiana are discovering what it feels like to have their basic needs disappear.

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The Future of Giving

Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud is a game-changing platform that inspires, connects and empowers employees and organizations to create change at scale in their communities and across the world.

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Your gift to the community you love can be the difference in enhancing the well-being and quality of life for your Central Indiana neighbors.

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Your story is our story. That’s why we advocate for public policy positions that support the growth of the whole family.

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Your time can be spent in fun, meaningful ways that ultimately improve the life and health of our entire community.

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Our Work

At its core, United Way is a community impact organization powered by a wide network of supporters just like you. Together with local partners, we work to make Central Indiana a place where every child, person and family has the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential.

How We Help

We don’t wait for problems to land in our laps. Instead, we dig for the challenges that need us most — improving the education, financial stability, health and basic needs of individuals and families across our six-county region.

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Our Partners

We’ve aligned our efforts, public policy work and partnerships — from small businesses and human services agencies to schools and governmental institutions — around measurable community goals that do the most good.

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What We’re Up To: Impact Initiatives

See the Change

By bringing together compassionate people who are committed to improving lives in our community, we can change the facts around our region’s toughest challenges. In 2017:

children received scholarships to attend high-quality early childhood programs

unemployed individuals received the tools and skills they needed to achieve gainful employment

households received utility assistance through the Energy Assistance Program and Winter Assistance Fund


“LINC isn’t like other networking groups; it’s not power suits and handshakes, it’s more like hi-fives and hugs.”

-Ashleigh Resetarits, LINC Program Leader, United Way of Central Indiana

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“When we finish this program I don’t envision our relationship stopping, it will probably grow even more."

-Michael Damiano, Big, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana

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What's Your Why?

“Every single time, I’m awed by the participants’ observations and the all-too-real emotions they’re feeling. You cannot be part of a poverty simulation and leave unaffected.”

-Becky Doemland, Director of Community Relations and CSR Communications at KAR Auction Services

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Special Thanks to our 2020 Spirit United Recipients: