How A Horse Named Mikey Helped Laila Learn to Walk

From the way five-and-a-half-year-old Laila giggles, skips and hops her way through physical therapy, you’d never know that she couldn’t sit up until she was 13 months old—the same age at which most children begin...

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Breaking Through Barriers with Kindness and Compassion

Elel Williams faced many physical, medical and cognitive challenges during his life, one being a difficulty pronouncing words. Elel was hard to understand, which created a barrier that was difficult to overcome. These situations could...

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Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center: Empowering People to Reach Their Goals

Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center (MRNC) has been devoted to helping people in our community since 1911. They have a long history with United Way of Central Indiana, dating back to 1923 when United Way was...

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The Definition of a Hero

As part of United Way of Central Indiana’s 100th anniversary, we want to celebrate 100 diverse heroes who have helped improve Central Indiana spanning the last 100 years. This is your opportunity to honor the...

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In Their Own Words: “Humbly acknowledging how little we really know about poverty”

Brad Ackermann and Kay Nickey are developing a ministry outreach program for their church, the King of Glory (KoG) Lutheran in Carmel, that will provide economic empowerment, healthcare, educational support and legal assistance to those...

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Where there’s a will, there’s a way: Socorro’s story

When Socorro first came to Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center (MRNC), she was an unemployed mother of four looking for ways to better support her family. Her goal was to find employment, but she didn’t know...

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How Lydia’s Past Guided Her to a Bright Future

“Someday, if I make it through this, I will be able to help people in a similar circumstance so they don’t feel alone.” This is what Lydia Spencer told herself daily while growing up in...

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From Youth Leadership United Student to Community Advocate

First of all, I would like to thank United Way, Annie, and Celeste on behalf of the YLU class for giving us the opportunity to become emerging leaders in our community.   We are all...

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Tangram Helps Make David and Keith’s Dream Come True

  Brothers David and Keith have lived with their parents for nearly 40 years, dreaming of what an independent life would be like. Thanks to Tangram, a United Way partner agency, they don’t need to...

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How 16 Accountants + 48 students = A Powerful Corporate Volunteer Experience

How do you get employees involved – and excited— about corporate volunteering? For employees at BKD, all HR Manager Tammy May had to do was ask one simple question: what are you interested in?  ...

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