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ReadUP Ambassadors Change the Game for Third Graders

Each fall our dedicated staff, volunteers and coordinators prepare for another school year and welcome a new set of students fighting to improve their reading skills. In its 12th year, United Way of Central Indiana’s ReadUP program...

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September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

When she was just 13, Sophia began struggling with depression. She had little energy and appetite and trouble sleeping. She tried therapy and medication, and was hospitalized to treat her depression and the impulse to...

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5 Great Benefits of Youth Leadership United

If you’re a high school student who wants to be a game changer for your community, Youth Leadership United is for you!   Youth Leadership United is a leadership program focused on giving young community...

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Study Reveals 38% of Hoosier Working Families Struggle to Afford the Basics

INDIANAPOLIS – In 2016, 979,538 Hoosier households were unable to afford the basics of housing, food, health care, child care and transportation despite working hard according to the 2018 Indiana ALICE® Report (Asset Limited, Income Constrained,...

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Yesenia’s Journey to Independence: Part 2

When Yesenia’s life took an incredibly unexpected turn, she felt like her life had lost purpose. Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center (MRNC) helped her discover it again. By accessing a wide array of programs at MRNC,...

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4 Ways to Celebrate National Literacy Month

Welcome to September! This is the month of cooler weather, pumpkin spice and the beginning of fall. But did you also know that September is National Literacy Month? It’s the perfect time to spread the...

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Creating a Safe Haven for Children at Flanner House

The sounds of shovels striking dirt and brooms sweeping sidewalks ricochet through the air at Flanner House. The fresh, earthy smell of mulch greets your nose the second you step outside. For employees of Citizens...

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Yesenia’s Journey to Independence: Part 1

Yesenia loves her family above all else. The mother of two spent nearly a decade happily married, focusing on raising her children and taking care of her home. But, as many of us know, life...

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Ready for Kindergarten: Children Learn Social-Emotional Skills with Self-Expression Kits

Eighty-five percent of a child’s brain development happens before the age of 5. One of the most critical things children need to learn during this time is often the most overlooked: social-emotional skills. If children...

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United Way of Central Indiana Adopts New Strategic Framework to Guide its Second Century of Community Impact

Central Indiana’s largest social impact organization to reimagine the way it engages donors, community partners in the increasingly complex fight against poverty   INDIANAPOLIS, August 24, 2018 — The United Way of Central Indiana Board...

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The Journey Begins Now

One hundred years ago, United Way of Central Indiana began its journey to lift its community by raising funds to provide relief for those experiencing extreme hunger, illness and poverty. In the decades that followed,...

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MSD of Warren Township’s Journey to Improving Health & Wellness

Welcome to Jump INside, a blog series featuring stories from Jump IN for Healthy Kids, a United Way of Central Indiana partner that focuses on reducing and preventing childhood obesity in Central Indiana.   This month, schools around...

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What’s Your Why? Denise’s is Building Bonds Through ReadUP

In this series, What’s Your Why, United Way is calling on its supporters to share what volunteering means for them and why they feel passionately about a cause in our community. This month we feature...

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The Salvation Army and United Way combine the Angel Tree Program and United Christmas Service

The Salvation Army will run the expanded program as Angel Tree   INDIANAPOLIS, August 16, 2018 — The Salvation Army Indiana Division and United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) today announced plans to expand its...

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The Breaking Barriers Grant Helps Brenda Achieve a Lifelong Goal

The phrase “you can’t do that” has fueled Brenda Leake for more than 50 years. To Brenda, the doubters are just another reason to work harder towards her goals. “I’ve been sick all my life...

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What’s a Philanthro-party? LINC Knows!

If you’re familiar with United Way of Central Indiana LINC, you may have heard about a LINC’s philanthro-party. But what exactly is a philanthro-party? As a quick reference, here’s how Webster’s Dictionary defines philanthropy and...

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JCC Employees Prove Training Can Be Life-Saving

It was like any other day in Mark Schaffer’s life. He was at the JCC Indianapolis, a United Way partner agency, doing his usual workout routine as he had been for the past four months....

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Philanthropy is a Journey: Greg Pemberton’s Story

When Harry Ice joined Ice Miller LLP in 1929, he advocated for the law firm to focus on specialization. He encouraged lawyers to focus on a subset of law, so they could better serve their...

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Beyond Typical Tracking: The Value of Measuring CSR Program Impact

Written by Nancy Ahlrichs Today, metrics are king: they drive planning, strategy, and often, investment. It is important to know what to measure in order to document Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program outcomes and impact.   Every glossy CSR report features photos of employees reading to students, picking...

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Why Do You Give Out Loud?

A message from the Tocqueville Society Chair, Josh B. Fleming, on the importance of “giving out loud.”   While attending the Affinity Group Retreat in June, one of our fellow Tocqueville Society members shared that...

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5 Reasons ReadUP is the Perfect Volunteer Opportunity for You!

Are you looking for a new way to volunteer? Do you want to make a big difference in the life of a child? Then you should consider volunteering for ReadUP! Volunteers read with students to...

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2Gen: The Great Families 2020 Difference

“Poverty can’t be solved as a single-issue, by a single entity, or with temporary fixes. It is complex, stubborn, and now affecting members of our community across generations,” says Ann Murtlow, president and CEO of...

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What’s the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge?

Welcome to Jump INside, a blog series featuring stories from Jump IN for Healthy Kids, a United Way of Central Indiana partner that focuses on reducing and preventing childhood obesity in Central Indiana.   Jump IN’s mission is...

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Helping Families Step Out of Poverty in Morgan County

Alice is one step away from a crisis. The mother of two works full-time, yet she continues to face financial hardship because the cost of living exceeds her wage. Each month, she struggles to afford...

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Girl Scouts Creates the Next Generation of STEM Leaders

Playing with Legos can be life changing – the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana group Gamer Girlz can show you how first hand. The Gamer Girlz, who range in age from 9 to 14, use...

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