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Who We Are

Our Approach

With your support, the United Way of Bartholomew County creates solutions that last. Your support brings together diverse and talented volunteers who will identify our community’s greatest needs; create lasting solutions; and close disparity gaps.

Your gift makes a difference in the 1 in 3 families in our community who struggle every month. This investment helps ensure that the most vulnerable children and families have the tools they need to thrive and ensures children and families have the building blocks and mentors to succeed.  By bridging the social service system to close gaps, and convening the system, the work of social services is optimized for individuals to flourish. 

Currently, 1 in 5 Hoosier children are food insecure. In Bartholomew County, almost 3,000 children are food insecure and 40% of our school children are on free or reduced lunch.

Science has shown that food insecurity affects the brain both physically and psychologically because it forces the child to live in perpetual survival mode. How is a child supposed to learn math or English if they’re worried about whether or not they’ll have enough to eat today?

To move children out of poverty and basic need instability, United Way is harnessing the expertise of multiple non-profit agencies in our community; because it truly does take a village to provide the assistance necessary to break the chain of generational poverty. We know that a one stop approach is just a band-aid, not a solution.  United Way utilizes a program called Avenues to Opportunity which is an initiative to help families and individuals to become self-sufficient by focusing on the health, financial stability, and housing needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. It provides a holistic path out of poverty; so they can move from being a family in crisis, to being a family that is thriving.

Our goal is to lift families out of poverty. 

Thank you for joining us.