One in three families in Bartholomew County do not earn enough money to make ends meet. These women, men and children have trouble succeeding in school, meeting basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter, and leading healthy lives.
This local state of poverty affects all of us. It influences the quality of our local education, the availability of jobs for qualified workers, and the stability of our local economy. It is essential for us to help this growing population of our community who are stuck in the cycle of poverty – to help them is to help ourselves.
In 2013, we took an assessment of Bartholomew County to better understand the needs of our community and where we fit into the solution of overcoming poverty. After speaking with people from every corner of our community, we landed firmly with a new strategic plan that charted a new course for United Way. Now, we are an organization focused on providing financial stability for all Bartholomew County residents.
We are working to help motivated people step out of poverty and into self-sufficiency in Bartholomew County. We mobilize people and resources to provide opportunity for our most vulnerable citizens. By helping those in need succeed, we strengthen our entire community.
Our vision is for every child in Bartholomew County to receive support outside of the classroom, for every family to meet their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter, and for every individual to receive the help they need to lead a happy and healthy life. We work to provide these opportunities to our residents every day.