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Here’s how giving to United Way helps our work make a positive, lasting impact on the Central Indiana community.
We think Eva Yackey, HVAF volunteer, is a crucial hand raiser and game changer in our community. Scott Swan from WTHR took a moment to interview Eva and hear more about her efforts – her tireless dedication to ensuring that our community’s homeless veterans can break free from the cycle of homelessness, helplessness, poverty and darkness.
United Way of Central Indiana fights for the education, financial stability health and basic needs of everyone in our community – so does Vera Graves, a graduate of the Indianapolis Urban League’s New Beginning’s program. WTHR’s Andrea Morehead had the chance to hear about how Vera took the very skills she learned during her time in the program and used them to better the lives of others – not just as a volunteer, but as the Urban League’s new Training Works Coordinator in the Workforce Development Department.
Imagine creating a training program so good that it was adopted to train student nurses. Phyllis Mohs, Assistant to the Homebound Coordinator at PrimeLife did just this – and her accomplishments don’t stop there! WISH TV talked to Phyllis about her passion for Central Indiana and PrimeLife. From planning special events and overseeing volunteers to becoming a vital part of the Friendly Visitors Program, Phyllis is no stranger to the idea of raising her hands for those in need.
At Your School is dedicated to fighting for members of our community every day! RTV6 had the chance to chat with staff from AYS about the community service initiatives held at various sites – these opportunities serve as ways for students to learn about causes in the community and how they can get involved. One example that stands out – participants at Allisonville Elementary had the chance to collect stuffed animals for IMPD that can be used by officers when they deal with traumatic situations that involve children.
Yvonne Huffman once faced some serious challenges and was in danger of losing her 4 children – but she fought alongside Volunteers of America to make sure that didn’t happen. Despite being placed on a 50 person wait list, Yvonne persisted, calling the lead treatment counselor every day until she was successfully enrolled in the Fresh Start Recovery Program. CBS4 sat down with Yvonne to hear about her unwavering dedication to recovery as well as the impact VOA has had on her life.
Anders Krohn has been fighting for our neighbors in need alongside Children’s TherAplay for nearly two and a half years – But his impact will continue to be felt for years to come! FOX59 sat down with Anders to hear about how he been raising funds and awareness at Children’s TherAplay through the Children’s TherAplay #HorsePower500. This event puts kids with special needs – those who often don’t get to attend birthday parties or overnights like their peers – front and center with IndyCar drivers like James Hinchcliffe, Conor Daly, Pippa Mann and more.
DeMata came to Mary Rigg Community Center looking to make meaningful changes to her life – to become more self-sufficient and tackle her next career move. After enrolling, she began working with her career coach Trevor who assisted her in creating a budget, navigating and managing her credit score and developing a competitive resume. FOX59 met with DeMata to chat about her experience and plans to continue leveraging her skills, abilities and credentials thanks to her friends at Mary Rigg.
Asia Carter is by no means new to the idea that a quality early childhood education is one of the most important aspects of a child’s growth and development. Inspired by her experience growing up with a little sister, Asia earned an associate’s degree in early childhood education while working full time and was recently accepted to complete her bachelor’s degree. WISH-TV had the chance to hear about Asia’s passion to educate, which she says is about more than just watching the children. “We are teaching them to learn, we’re connecting synapses in their brains, we are helping them develop and grow.”
Mike Dunn, Supervisor of Crisis and Suicide Intervention Services at Families First, has been raising his hands to help those in need for over ten years. After 35 years in the plumbing and contracting industry, Mike made the commitment to answer calls of individuals experiencing mental and emotional distress -- in 2015, he spent 6,771 hours on the line, ready to respond to someone suffering from overwhelming and intense emotional pain. WFYI had the chance to meet with Mike and hear about his unwavering dedication – an opportunity that he has called a “privilege.”
Kim Tardy Dunson has a long history with Concord Neighborhood Center – her grandparents lived in the neighborhood, her mother grew up in the neighborhood and she was raised just around the corner from the Center. When asked to join the board of directors, Kim didn’t hesitate. An active participant in the Center’s youth programs, she knows the impact this organization has on the Central Indiana community. WFYI met with Kim to discuss her new role as the fund development chair as well as her passionate, detail oriented approach to serve the people of the near southside.
People with disabilities are often thought of as being on the receiving end of our help, but individuals served by Noble spent over 11,000 hours volunteering in the past year. Derrick Floyd is one of those United Way “Hand Raisers” for our community. Every week for the past 10 years, Derrick volunteers at the College Branch Library. It's part of his Thursday mornings through Noble’s Community Exploration service. His job is to take the cart of returned DVDs, alphabetize them and return them to the shelves. The library has a large selection of DVDs so Derrick always has a cartload waiting for him. Although he’s a man of few words, Library Volunteer Coordinator Mikayla Kinley says, "Every day Derrick is here is a good day." CBS4 had the opportunity to spend time with Derrick and see firsthand how he’s making a difference in Central Indiana.
Celeste Berry knows the toll cancer takes on a person and on a family. Her husband died of the disease five years ago. The Pike Township resident remembers the frequent doctor visits, the blood draws, the therapy. Looking back, they were lucky. She took family leave from her job and was able to care for her husband and drive him back and forth to his appointments. Now retired, Berry is still driving people to their cancer-related appointments as part of the American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program, breaking down transportation barriers to cancer treatment. RTV6 rode along to see how volunteers like Celeste are changing the game for many Central Indiana cancer patients.