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Employers, Advocates, Business Leaders and More Announce a United Effort to Pass a Hate Crimes Law

INDIANA, December 12, 2018 – A broad and bipartisan group of employers, business leaders, nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, faith leaders and more today announced their membership in Indiana Forward, a coalition that will advocate...

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Giving Back *and* Paying it Forward

This year, Mary Beth and Dick Oakes from Business Furniture had an idea for a United Way campaign within their company. What if they could further inspire their 95-member team with an incentive? With the...

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Gene B. Glick Company and United Way Form Strategic Partnership to Focus on Long-term Community Impact

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Today, the Gene B. Glick Company and United Way of Central Indiana strengthened their longstanding relationship by formalizing a strategic plan designed to drive positive, measurable change in the community. A proud...

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In Tribute to Matthew Tully, columnist for the Indianapolis Star 1969-2018

Central Indiana lost a talented, hard-working and loyal community advocate on October 29, 2018. Matthew Tully’s passing prompted condolences and accolades from many public officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, Senators Joe Donnelly and Todd...

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Colts, United Way & Indiana Wesleyan to Unveil Colts Fitness Room at Eagle Creek Salvation Army

Indianapolis – On Monday, the Indianapolis Colts, United Way of Central Indiana and Indiana Wesleyan University will unveil a new Colts-themed fitness room at the Eagle Creek Salvation Army, which will provide local youth a...

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United Way of Central Indiana Names Goodpaster New VP of Public Policy, Promotes VanSlambrook to VP of Community Impact

INDIANAPOLIS, October 22, 2018 – United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) today announced that Mindi Goodpaster has been named the organization’s Vice President of Public Policy, while Sara VanSlambrook has been promoted to Vice President...

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What’s Your Why? Brent’s is Fighting for the Financial Stability of Families

For 10 years, Brent Frymier had dedicated himself to fighting for the financial stability of those in need. In just the last decade alone, he’s helped ensure thousands of individuals in Central Indiana are on...

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Youth Leadership United Connects Mackenzie to Her Passion

Youth Leadership United has prepared more than 20 classes of young leaders to take on leadership roles in our community. As the program begins taking applications for its 24th class, we thought it was time...

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A Year of Work Accomplished in Just One Day

As Elaine Dillahunt walked around Hawthorne Community Center, she couldn’t believe her eyes. “I felt like we had won Extreme Makeover,” said Elaine, Hawthorne Community Center’s Executive Director. What would have taken her staff more...

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United Way of Central Indiana Announces Leadership United Class of 2019

29 Indy-area leaders selected for competitive leadership program   Last week, Leadership United kicked off programming and welcomed the class of 2019 participants. Leadership United is United Way’s community leadership and board development program, which...

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Reducing Childhood Obesity with the 5-2-1-0 Concept

As designated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), September is National Childhood Obesity Month. Nationally, roughly one in five children suffers from obesity. In Central Indiana, that number is even worse.   Jump IN for Healthy...

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24% of Indy Metro Struggling with Income Declines

Article provided by SAVI, one of the country’s first and largest online community information systems. SAVI began in 1994 as a program of The Polis Center at IUPUI in a partnership with United Way of Central Indiana. ...

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To Be Heard, You Must Show Up

  September 25 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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DeJhari Finds Her Voice Through Youth Leadership United

Youth Leadership United has prepared more than 20 classes of young leaders to take on leadership roles in our community. As the program begins taking applications for its 24th class, we thought it was time...

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Colts Honor Suarez with NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, Presented by Nationwide

Indianapolis – The Indianapolis Colts have selected Dr. Juan “Kiko” Suarez, chief community impact officer with the United Way of Central Indiana, as the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, presented by Nationwide....

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What Does 2,223 Hours of Volunteering Look Like?

What did you do the week of September 10-14? For hundreds of employees at OneAmerica, it was quite the week to remember. September 10th marked the kickoff of their fifth annual Week of Caring, which...

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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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