Hand Raisers and Game Changers: 100 Heroes Week 12

It’s hard to believe we are in week 12 of 100 Heroes! We hope you have enjoyed the stories of our 100 Heroes and look forward to seeing you at A Future United, where we will honoring all 100 Heroes and launching into the next 100 years of United Way service in Central Indiana. Here are the stories of seven more Heroes who are examples of how each and every one of us has the power to make the world a better place.


To see all of the stories of United Way’s 100 Heroes, look here.


Juan Ongay Juan Ongay

When the Finish Line Boys & Girls Club was built in 2016, it was the first new club built in Indianapolis in 20 years. Juan Ongay, already a director at another club, jumped at the chance to bring change to a neighborhood in great need. Read his story








Kim DonahueKim Donahue

Kim Donahue has been a force for good in the Central Indiana nonprofit community for decades. In December 2017, she retired from a career that spanned more than a decade as Director of Agency Services at United Way of Central Indiana. Read her story








Robert SweetRobert Sweet

After retiring from Eli Lilly and Company 10 years ago, Robert Sweet was approached by a friend to volunteer for Greater Indianapolis Habitat for Humanity and quickly found a new passion. Read his story








Susanna Duarte de SuarezSusana Duarte de Suarez

Susana Duarte de Suarez describes herself as a fixer by nature, which is what draws her to a life of service. For Suarez, the most important thing about service is to be in it for the long haul. Read her story








Carissa KempCarissa Kemp

Carissa Kemp’s story radiates with positivity, hope and kindness. As a preschool teacher at Eminence Community School, her positive spirit is contagious. But the mother of four doesn’t only educate within the classroom. Read her story








Phyllis CarrPhyllis A. Carr

Phyllis Carr has devoted her life to advancing civil rights and social justice in Indianapolis. She has spent more than 25 years defending the most vulnerable in our community as part of part of Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS), a nonprofit law firm that fights poverty, empowers clients and improves access to justice. Read her story







Col. Donald W. Moreau Sr. Col. Donald W. Moreau Sr.

Colonel Donald W. Moreau Sr., war hero, friend, father and founder of Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation of Indiana is a real-life example of what it means to leave a lasting impact on those around you. Read his story







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