Basic Needs Fund

Providing the essentials to our most vulnerable neighbors

The Need Is Now

Food. Shelter. Health. Transportation. Most of us take these things for granted, but for many people, these basic needs are in critical short supply or non-existent. The Basic Needs Fund provides the essentials to our most vulnerable neighbors and life-saving assistance to those in emergency situations. Help those in need survive today so they can thrive tomorrow.

Make a Gift

230,000 families in Central Indiana are in or close to poverty.

More than 1 in 3 Hoosier households cannot afford the basics of housing, food, healthcare, childcare and transportation despite working hard.

39% of working Hoosier families struggle to afford the basics.

Basic Needs Fund Details

  • Why Your Gift
  • Areas of

Why Your Gift

The Background

Serving our region’s basic needs is at the heart of United Way’s work. Our work began more than 100 years ago organizing support for those who were hungry, sick, disabled and vulnerable to crisis.

Our Commitment

United Way is committed to increasing the connectivity of organizations for individuals seeking basic needs’ supports and will maintain efforts to inform and support public policy priorities in this area.

What we're doing

The Basic Needs Fund will serve to support individuals who need access to safe and affordable housing, healthy food and nutrition programs, healthcare services, transportation and other basic needs’ supports.

When help can’t wait, struggling families need a place to turn - now. Your gift to the Basic Needs Fund provides critical assistance to our families, senior citizens, children and homeless neighbors who are in dire need of the basics to survive: safe housing, nutritious food and access to healthcare services.

Areas of

The Basic Needs Fund represents the foundation of United Way’s work. We know that in order to achieve self-sufficiency, an individual must have their most basic needs met. This fund is designed to ensure our community’s most vulnerable neighbors and those in the midst of a crisis have access to life’s essentials including:

Safe and affordable housing
Healthy food
Physical, mental and behavioral health

The Journey Continues

After months of research, analysis and conversations with community partners, donors and volunteers, we are pleased to unveil three new Impact Funds at United Way: the Basic Needs Fund, the Family Opportunity Fund, and the Social Innovation Fund.

These three funds are designed to improve outcomes at a community level, link the interests and passions of our donors to opportunities to improve the lives of tens of thousands of families in Central Indiana who are struggling to make ends meet.

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