Purdue Polytechnic High School Students put Social Innovation to the Test

The time is now to begin looking at new, inventive ways to make a difference in our community – and the vision for this reality begins with our youth.   Millennial and Gen Z populations...

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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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Teaching Life Lessons at an Early Age: Meet United Way donor and author Wei-Li Shao

Giving back to the community through United Way can take many forms. Donations of time, talent and treasure all serve to support children in pursuit of a quality education; struggling families in pursuit of a...

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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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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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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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The One Thing You Should Always Have in Your Wallet

Have you ever been in a situation when you knew someone needed help, but didn’t quite know how to help them? It could be a person seeking emergency shelter, an individual fleeing domestic abuse, a...

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Sparking Conversation, Comprehension and Imagination with Literacy Kits

It was a day like any other at East Tenth United Methodist Children and Youth Center. Gray, a curly-haired, bright eyed four-year-old, was finished for the day and getting ready for his mom to pick...

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Restock the Classroom Spreads School Supplies and Smiles to Thousands of Teachers

More than 3,000 teachers were surprised by deliveries of totes full of school supplies during United Way of Central Indiana’s Restock the Classroom event. Teachers throughout Central Indiana received bags filled with the most needed...

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Teachers + Supplies = An Improved Classroom

Imagine that you just got hired for a new job. You’re filled with excitement as you begin your first day, ready to start your new journey! You walk in, and as you’re just starting to...

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