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A Way with Words: Reflections from an Early Childhood Project Manager

By Anne Gabbert, Early Childhood Project Manager at United Way of Central Indiana More than twenty-five years of experience working in the field of early childhood education did not adequately prepare me for stepping back...

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Face Everything and ReadUP – The Journey of School 56’s Nashia Abdul-Aleem

Adversity presents us with two ways to address fear of the unknown: forget everything and run or face everything and rise. This decision becomes even more imperative when our health is compromised, with moments that...

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GivingTuesday: Help Us Stock a ReadUP Library

Today, children in Central Indiana need the knowledge, skills and credentials to eventually secure jobs that will sustain families. And success in the future will take innovation – innovation that will be driven by youth...

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United Way’s Winter Assistance Fund

The unpredictability of Indiana weather is on full display this week. Record low temperatures have gripped our region, even though we are weeks away from the official start of winter. We Hoosiers like to joke...

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United Way of Central Indiana Names Vice President of Government Relations

INDIANAPOLIS – United Way of Central Indiana has chosen Anne Penny Valentine as its vice president of government relations. Valentine will be responsible for leading United Way’s public policy and government relations work at the...

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United Way of Central Indiana Names MeChelle Callen Chief Talent and Culture Officer

INDIANAPOLIS – United Way of Central Indiana has named MeChelle Callen to its executive leadership team as the organization’s chief talent and culture officer. Callen, who most recently served as vice president of organizational development...

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Building community by strengthening our families

Building community by strengthening our families. By Doran Moreland “You can do it. You can be somebody.” Those are the honest sentiments spoken from Elisa, captured in video this past summer when we learned of...

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United Way of Central Indiana Awards Family Opportunity Fund Grants

$2.5 million in total awarded to 11 community-based organizations to help improve education, financial stability, health and well-being of families in Central Indiana. INDIANAPOLIS – United Way of Central Indiana today announced the first round...

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United Way of Central Indiana to Host ELEVATE Under the Big Top

INDIANAPOLIS – Today, United Way of Central Indiana unveiled a vintage circus theme for the 2nd annual ELEVATE, an event designed to engage and recognize young professionals who care about our community’s social issues while...

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United Way of Central Indiana to Send One Lucky Winner to Miami for the LIVE United: March to Miami Sweepstakes

INDIANAPOLIS – United Way of Central Indiana is sending one lucky winner and their guest to Miami, FL for Super Bowl LIV in February 2020 through the LIVE United: March to Miami Sweepstakes, courtesy of...

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United Way of Central Indiana and Indianapolis Colts: Celebrate NFL’s 100th Season with #ColtsHuddlefor100

INDIANAPOLIS – United Way of Central Indiana, in partnership with the Indianapolis Colts, will celebrate the NFL’s 100th season with #ColtsHuddleFor100. This unique volunteer opportunity invites NFL fans everywhere to join the larger Huddle for...

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Message from the Tocqueville Society Chairs

Dear friends: Why Do You Give Out Loud? While attending the Affinity Group Retreat last June, one of our fellow Tocqueville Society members shared that one reason she and her husband became Tocqueville Society members...

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United Way of Central Indiana Announces Leadership United Class of 2020

INDIANAPOLIS – Leadership United kicked off its 34th year of programming and welcomed 35 participants to the Class of 2020 with its opening retreat last Friday at Ivy Tech Community College’s downtown campus.   Leadership...

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JPMorgan Chase Making an Impact, One Person at a Time

When embarking on a corporate volunteer initiative like a Day of Caring, it’s good to think ahead about what you want to accomplish, and just how much you can invest in the day. According to...

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United Way of Central Indiana’s 2018 – 2019 Annual Report

In the last year, we’ve achieved significant milestones that have provided our volunteers with a purpose, our advocates a voice, and our donors an opportunity to see how their gifts are making a notable impact...

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Be a Good Neighbor: Help Those Who Are Hungry

Do you know how many of your neighbors are struggling with hunger?   The truth is, 223,570 people face food insecurity – including more than 67,000 children – in Central Indiana. Hunger is a persistent...

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Census 2020 | Count Me INdy

In a few months, the 2020 Census will be underway. This nationwide count provides vital data to help determine how to distribute $675 billion in federal funding.   With an accurate count, there will be...

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Employee Spotlight: The Legacy of Ceceily

Each employee brings something a little different to the United Way table. Whenever we receive the opportunity to showcase their stories, we ask the questions that matter – because why we come to work every...

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IndyGo’s Red Line Brings New Opportunities to the Community

United Way has a long history of advocating for and directly funding improved transportation systems for Central Indiana families in need. Earlier this year, the Basic Needs Fund awarded grants to community-based organizations which will...

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Finding Help, Hope and Opportunity through a Day of Caring

Mellanie Brady was in high school when she first walked through the doors of Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center. She remembers finding help, hope and opportunity at the time. This time around, she found a way...

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To Be Heard, You Must Show Up: Register to Vote

  September 24 is National Voter Registration Day; a day to remind Americans the importance of our civic responsibility to register to vote, show up at the polls on Election Day and have our voices...

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Philanthropy, Tech Sector Style: Indy Tech Gives

The tech sector is flourishing in Central Indiana and with it comes all kinds of opportunities. One thing people may not expect is the impact the industry and its growing workforce are having on the...

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Employee Spotlight: Kickin’ it with Claire

Claire Ralston fell in love with fundraising in high school. She discovered you could go to college for nonprofit management and fundraising at IUPUI’s Lilly School of Philanthropy, and with that came the realization that...

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United Way of Central Indiana Opens Social Innovation Fund Grant Process

INDIANAPOLIS – United Way of Central Indiana is now accepting letters of interest for grants through its Social Innovation Fund, a new funding approach to test innovative ideas, methods, programs and projects to deliver measurable...

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Inspiration, Ideation, Impact: United Way’s Social Innovation Fund

By Alan Bacon, senior director, Social Innovation Fund The Social Innovation Fund is how we’re translating conversations about systemic and complex issues into long-term, sustainable solutions that combat poverty. Here at United Way of Central...

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