Changing Lives Through Impact

You can have a significant, wide-reaching impact on Central Indiana neighbors in need.

Three Opportunities. Endless Impact.

United Way’s Impact Funds offer a new strategy for increasing your donation’s impact. Each fund is targeted to accomplish specific goals ranging from the most immediate basic needs to ending the cycle of generational poverty to harnessing technology and innovation to offer pathways to self-sufficiency.

Basic Needs Fund

The Basic Needs Fund provides the essentials to our most vulnerable neighbors and life-saving assistance to those in emergency situations.

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Family Opportunity Fund

The Family Opportunity Fund supports programs to improve the education, financial stability and well-being of the whole family, providing pathways for their success and long-term stability.

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Social Innovation Fund

The Social Innovation Fund delivers new solutions to some of our community’s oldest problems with a network of forward-thinking individuals and organizations accelerating positive change throughout our community.

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Strengthening The Network



United Way is proud to partner with a powerful network of community-based organizations that tackle the most complex issues facing Central Indiana. The work of these accredited 501(C)3 nonprofits align with United Way’s community impact goals, demonstrate organizational strength and show a commitment to improving the quality of life for citizens in Central Indiana.

In addition, United Way of Central Indiana makes significant investments in the well-being of the nonprofit network in our community through capacity building. United Way delivers trainings and technical assistance, connects nonprofits with peer learnings and issue-based convenings, as well as provides supports for capital and maintenance projects.

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Three Opportunities. Endless Impact

United Way’s Impact Funds offer a new strategy for increasing your donation’s impact. Each fund is targeted to accomplish specific goals ranging from the most immediate basic needs to ending the cycle of generational poverty to harnessing technology and innovation to offer new pathways to financial stability.

Programs

  • Centers For
    Working Families
  • ReadUP
  • Energy Assistance
    Program
  • Great
    Families 2020

Centers For
Working Families

What it is

Centers for Working Families (CWF) are friendly neighborhood centers where hardworking, low-income families can access a full range of services to help lift them out of poverty and achieve long-term financial stability.

The Model

Built on a model developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, CWF provides people with the tools they need to increase their income (“EARN IT”), reduce expenses (“KEEP IT”), and build wealth (“GROW IT”) for their families. The CWF network in Indianapolis is composed of twelve neighborhood based centers that transition families from living paycheck to paycheck to investing in their future.

HOw it Helps

CWF provides services across three areas: employment and career advancement, financial literacy and coaching, and access to income supports. By bundling such programs, the centers can provide a coaching approach at a one-stop convenient location for families in search of help.

ReadUP

What it is

ReadUP connects volunteers with local schools, where they read to two students for 30 minutes every week, helping kids get on track - and stay on track - with grade-level literacy. We know that children who read at or above grade-level are more likely to succeed in school and in life.

How it Helps

By pairing volunteers with students who are struggling to read, we can change the course of their academic future. They also grow in confidence and find an appreciation for reading with the help of our dedicated volunteers.


Volunteer just one hour a week to impact the life of a child in your community.

Energy Assistance
Program

What it is

Indy EAP (Energy Assistance Program) assists individuals and families with the high costs of home energy so they can live comfortably in Central Indiana.

How it Helps

Based on household size, as well as housing income and status, eligible families receive a one-time benefit paid to the utility company to offset the high cost of winter utility bills.

What you can do

For more information about the Energy Assistance Program, dial 2-1-1 or visit indyeap.org to schedule an appointment.

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Great
Families 2020

What it is

Great Families 2020 is United Way’s four-year initiative to improve family stability for vulnerable children and their parents living in five neighborhoods in Indianapolis.

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How it Helps

Great Families 2020 aims to establish neighborhood support networks that provide integrated services in postsecondary education and workforce development, early childhood education, financial support, and health and well-being to families living in poverty.

Funding

United Way of Central Indiana was awarded a three-year, $7 million grant by The Corporation for National and Community Service. With matching funding from the community, Great Families 2020 will make an impact of approximately $20.6 million to central Indiana families in need.