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A Reflection on my United Way Experience

Posted by: Julia Thorpe on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 8:20:00 am

Hello!

My name is Julia Thorpe and I had the great opportunity to intern at United Way this past school year. Through my internship, I led Student United Way at Anderson University. This was our second year with an SUW chapter at Anderson University and we were able to accomplish much throughout the year.

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National Volunteer Week

Posted by: Travis Doto on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 9:04:00 am

April 21-27th is National Volunteer Week! National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing, and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.

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My Student United Way Experience

Posted by: Malcolm Wilkins on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 9:09:00 am

As being a member and involved in Anderson University's Student United Way I have been able to make a lot of connections and serve my community while having fun at the same time. I even was invited to attend United Way of Madison County's Annual Dinner and have the opportunity to meet many influential people in the community.

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New Data Provides Insight on the Uninsured in Madison County

Posted by: Jamesey Thomas on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released national data that sheds new light on the uninsured per county for the entire nation.

 

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The Work of Hope Community Tour

Posted by: Travis Doto on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 10:06:00 am

In case you haven't heard, we are very excited to announce that Rich Harwood, the founder of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation will be coming to Madison County as part of his Work of Hope Tour! On April 24 Rich be making a stop at The Anderson Public Library from 10:00-11:30 am and at East Main Street Christian Church in Elwood from 7:00-8:30 pm.

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Opportunity in Indiana Month

Posted by: Travis Doto on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 8:49:00 am

As part of our work here at United Way of Madison County in income mobilization we are working to increase the opportunity for everyone to have a chance at a good life. To help us to better accomplish this goal we became a coalition member organization of Opportunity Nation. On behalf of Opportunity Nation, I created a proclamation to announce March as Opportunity in Indiana Month. The proclamation was just approved and signed by Governor Mike Pence and it's now officially Opportunity in Indiana Month. The goal of this is for all Indiana individuals, families, agencies, companies, and government agencies to encourage, pursue, and find new ways to increase opportunity.

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Be a Force of Nature during National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Posted by: Travis Doto on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) partnered to designate March 3-9, 2013, as National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, and is calling upon all Americans to Be a Force of Nature.

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UCAP Funding Report Shows High Need for Heating Assistance

Posted by: Jamesey Thomas on Monday, February 18, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

The UCAP program is coordinated through the Community Access Network (CAN), a local partnership of organizations that provide safety net and emergency services such as utility and food pantry assistance. During the 2012-2013 UCAP funding period, CAN partners provided 60,825 dollars in assistance.

 

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A reflection on “The Weight of the Nation”

Posted by: Jamesey Thomas on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

In January United Way of Madison County and the Madison Health Partners screened the 4-part HBO Documentary called “The Weight of the Nation.” We felt the documentary was such a powerful film that residents would leave with a deeper understanding of the enormity of the obesity epidemic and momentum would build around combating the epidemic.

 

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Tax Prep Services Available This Year!

Posted by: Blue Admin on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 3:36:00 pm

Various organizations throughout Madison County will be offering Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) this season.  VITA is a free service for low to moderate income families seeking help preparing their taxes.

The Services of WorkOne

Posted by: Travis Doto on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 10:00:00 pm

For anyone who is a job seeker or looking to increase their competitiveness in the workplace the services of WorkOne are an invaluable resource. All of the services at WorkOne are free to all Indiana residents.

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The National Career Readiness Certificate

Posted by: Travis Doto on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 11:08:00 am

I recently took a test to earn the National Career Readiness Certificate(NCRC) at WorkOne in Anderson. For those of you aren't familiar with this the test assesses an individual’s skill level in three areas deemed critical for employability: Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information.

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Corporate Volunteer Council

Posted by: Travis Doto on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 10:11:00 am

Big things will be happening at United Way of Madison County this coming year. If you haven’t heard already we have partnered up with the Madison County Chamber to start a Corporate Volunteer Council, or CVC for short, which will have its first informational meeting on January 11th from 11:00-1:00 p.m. at Countryside Manor Health & Living Community located at 205 Marine Drive, Anderson.

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Covering Kids and Families of Indiana Hosts Their Tenth Annual Meeting and Luncheon

Posted by: Jamesey Thomas on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

The annual meeting and luncheon is a chance for more than 200 partners across the state to come together and reflect on the collective impact we have had on advocating for the uninsured in Indiana.

 

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United Way of Madison County Hosts a Free Viewing of “Weight of the Nation”

Posted by: Jamesey Thomas on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

As part of its effort to help combat the obesity epidemic in our community, The Madison Health Partners in collaboration with United Way of Madison County is hosting a free viewing of the four-part HBO documentary “Weight of the Nation”

 

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Giving Tuesday

Posted by: Travis Doto on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 12:15:00 pm

On Tuesday November 27, 2012, giving will have its ‘opening day’. Retailers, charities, online organizations, community centers, individuals, families and more will come together to create Giving Tuesday.

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A Look Back at the Family Empowerment Training Series

Posted by: Jamesey Thomas on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

The Community Access Network (CAN) Partnership has completed the Family Empowerment Training series for 2012. The comprehensive training series is a service provided by CAN and United Way of Madison County to increase capacity within Madison County non-profit organizations.

 

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United Way's Utility Assistance Program Enters its Third Year

Posted by: Jamesey Thomas on Friday, October 26, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

The shorter days and falling temperatures of October is a stark reminder that higher utility bills are right around the corner. Given the recent economic turmoil, many families are finding it difficult to cover all of their bills, including utility costs. By working with families to keep the heat and electricity on, we can keep families in their homes and provide safer, healthier environments for children. Addressing this need, United Way of Madison County and the Community Access Network (CAN) Partnership began providing assistance through the Utility Community Assistance Program (UCAP) three years ago.

 

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Volunteer Spotlight- Ann Parsons

Posted by: Travis Doto on Monday, October 1, 2012 at 12:00:00 pm

We sat down and had a conversation with volunteer Ann Parsons.

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United Way of Madison County Talks with Jobs For America's Graduates (JAG) Students

Posted by: Travis Doto on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 10:00:00 am

Our Americorps VISTA Travis Doto recently went to Anderson High School to speak with the Jobs For America's Graduates (JAG) Students.

 

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Enrollment Specialists: An Important Role For Navigating the System

Posted by: Jamesey Thomas on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

in-person application assistance must continue to be a priority to ensure that every eligible resident can connect with the correct assistance programs. Fortunately for Madison County residents, we have trained Enrollment Specialists that have gone above and beyond to connect uninsured residents with available assistance programs.

 

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Volunteer Spotlight-Keith Morris

Posted by: Travis Doto on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 2:00:00 pm

We sat down and had a conversation with a local volunteer, Keith Morris.

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Preparedness on a Budget

Posted by: Travis Doto on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 11:00:00 am

It is no secret that many families and individuals are looking to cut back on spending. But with the frequency of disasters, both natural and manmade, can you afford not to be prepared?

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Volunteer Spotlight

Posted by: Travis Doto on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 12:00:00 pm

We sat down and had a conversation with two of our volunteers here at United Way of Madison County, Dustin Hamilton and Nikita Glenn.

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This September Pledge to Prepare

Posted by: Travis Doto on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

September will be National Preparedness Month. It is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for an unexpected emergency.

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United Way Attends the Colt's Training Camp

Posted by: Travis Doto on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 10:25:00 am

United Way of Madison County was excited to be able to participate in the Colt’s Training Camp this year.

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Family Movie Night to Continue Throughout the Year

Posted by: Caleb Fiechter on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 3:30:00 pm

United Way offers $2 movies to the community at the historic Paramount Theater downtown...

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United Way Attends the Anderson Black Expo Health Fair

Posted by: Jamesey Thomas on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

United Way of Madison County was excited to be able to participate in the Anderson Black Expo Health fair again this year.

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FamilyWize Prescription Assistance Cards Receive a Redesign

Posted by: Jamesey Thomas on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

Our great partners at FamilyWize have been working hard on redesigning their prescription discount cards and they shipped out this week!

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An Introduction From One of Our New VISTA's

Posted by: Travis Doto on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 12:00:00 pm

Hi, I’m Travis Doto and I’m one of the new Americorps VISTA’s serving here at United Way of Madison County.

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CAN Family Empowerment Training Series: Wrapping up the First Training Session

Posted by: Jamesey Thomas on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

The CAN group completed their first day of training on two modules for the Family Empowerment Training Series.

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CAN Announces Family Empowerment Training

Posted by: Jamesey Thomas on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

The Community Access Network (CAN) has announced a series Family Empowerment training sessions set to begin in July and run through September.

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Madison County, Indiana: Positive Acting, Not Just Thinking

Posted by: Kim Rogers-Hatfield on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 4:15:00 pm

Lately, I’ve noticed something about our county that I haven’t seen for a while.  Positive energy!

 

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Two Great VISTAs Reflect on Their Year of Service

Posted by: Jamesey Thomas on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 3:30:00 pm

This week our office will be sending off our 2011 VISTAS. As they wrap-up their final week here, we decided to give them an opportunity to reflect on their year of work and service in Madison County.

 

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Covering Kids and Families of Indiana Sponsor Commercial with Local Residents

Posted by: Jamesey Thomas on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 4:00:00 pm

Covering Kids and Families is proud to announce their sponsorship of a locally produced commercial promoting healthcare coverage enrollment for Madison County residents.

 

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Income Mobilization: A Look Forward

Posted by: Jamesey Thomas on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

Over the last sixteen months United Way of Madison County staff and board members have partnered with United Way Worldwide (UWW) and 10 other U.S. United Ways on a pilot project called Income Mobilization. Our final site visit with UWW support staff wrapped up this week. This blog contains personal reflections on the process from staff members. 

 

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Unmet Health Needs: A Growing Concern

Posted by: Jamesey Thomas on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

Unmet health needs is a growing concern for communities across the country, including Madison County. Recent data shows that nearly all states have had severe increases in unmet health needs in the last ten years.

 

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Cycling United: Bike to Work Day 2012

Posted by: Caleb Fiechter on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 3:00:00 pm

One cyclist's perspective during Madison County's annual Bike to Work Day.

A Look at Funded Program Results

Posted by: Nancy Vaughan on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 10:00:00 am

United Way refunded 26 programs through partner organizations as of April 1 and collected final reports from those organizations tallying the results of the services delivered over the prior year.  This is my annual attempt to provide some of the highlights from the work that goes on daily across our county, impacting thousands of lives.

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Local Data Sources: County Health Rankings

Posted by: Jamesey Thomas on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

Through our blog, we plan on periodically highlighting local data sources and to demonstrate how useful data can be for planning and guiding the work that we do at United Way. Today we will take a look at the Annual County Health Ranking data.

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Text4baby Reaches Two Year Anniversary

Posted by: Jamesey Thomas on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

Text4baby was started in February, 2010 as a way of putting health knowledge and sound advice in the hands of all pregnant women and mothers. As Text4baby celebrates their second anniversary, the program now has over 700 national partners and has reached over 300,000 women and provided 28 million free texts.

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How a Phone Call Can Make You a Hero

Posted by: Jamesey Thomas on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

Can we have meaningful impact on the health and well-being of our firends and family? One man taught us this valuable lesson this week. Read more to find out just how easy it is to leave an impact.

Welcome to the brand new United Way of Madison County Blog

Posted by: Jamesey Thomas and Caleb Fiechter on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

 

Here at United Way of Madison County, we’re always striving to find new, creative ways to engage Madison County residents and to discuss all of the efforts by everyone in the community to increase the common good. Technology has brought us farther than any of us could ever have imagined even ten years ago. From black and white printed newsletters, to Email, to social networks on your cell phone, technology has increasingly found new ways to connect individuals and organizations and to create meaningful conversations, present useful information and create new insights.

First Annual Indiana Financial Literacy Summit a Great Experience for Staff

Posted by: Jamesey Thomas on Monday, October 31, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Late last week staff from our office attended the First Annual Financial Literacy Summit in Indianapolis. The event was hosted to highlight all of the great work being done to educate citizens on financial literacy.