UNITED WAY ANNOUNCES 2018 COMMUNITY SUPPORT FUNDING

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United Way of Madison County (UWMC) will invest $796,000 in human services over the next year. The organization’s community support budget includes $676,000 of funds raised by the organization and $120,000 received to support Covering Kids & Families and RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program.

UWMC’s Board approved funding at its March meeting that includes direct funding for Network Partner organizations Anderson Impact Center, PathStone Corporation, Alternatives Incorporated, Dove Harbor and Operation Love Ministries. Additional funding has been budgeted to support THRIVE services in Elwood and Alexandria. Currently, United Way staffs an office at Elwood’s Morrisett Center and Alexandria’s Trustee office on a part-time basis.

All funded organizations work as a coordinated network, meeting regularly to deliver on individualized development plans for the clients they collectively serve.  United Way provides client funds that coaches may access to remove barriers to goal achievements. In its first year, the THRIVE Network coaches helped 72 participants set specific personal goals to increase their education, find better jobs, and/or better their financial positions.  To date, participants have achieved 67 percent of the overall goals they established, and 81 percent of the employment goals established.  The THRIVE Network is designed to work intensely with people over a long term, tracking progress such as income, employment, training and education, credit scores, savings and net worth.

“The THRIVE Network allows United Way and partners to coordinate services on an individual basis for families in Madison County.  We are very happy with the results we have seen, as they are indicative of creating long term financial stability for families in our community,” said Scott Deetz, United Way board member and chair of the Community Impact Committee. A 2009 study of Centers for Working Families found that “those participants receiving bundled services were three to four times more likely to achieve a major economic outcome than those whose services were not bundled” (Abt Associates, Pathways to Success:  An Interim Analysis of Services and outcomes in Three Programs, June 2009). 

UWMC’s Born Learning Connection – services to support early childhood – has been integrated with the THRIVE Network to provide parent coaching and childcare assistance. Born Learning will also continue to present the conference for local childcare providers, the community baby shower, and provide support to the county schools’ Blast Off to Kindergarten events.  Additionally, UWMC has committed to provide the On My Way Pre-K community match required by the State of Indiana as one of 20 approved counties to receive grants for low-income families with four-year-olds to attend a year of high quality pre-school prior to beginning kindergarten. The match is estimated at $35,000 to serve 200 children.

UWMC’s community support budget also supports health initiatives including the local Covering Kids & Families Coalition and United Against Opioids; emergency and basic needs services with funding for Indiana 211 and UWMC’s Community Access Network; volunteer services including RSVP 55+ retiree program, Operation Weatherization, Community Organizations Active in Disaster and other volunteer opportunities, and designations by donors to specific nonprofit organizations.

United Way of Madison County 2018 Community Support Budget

THRIVE Network.................................................. $450,000

Emergency and Basic Needs Assistance.............. $ 85,000

CKF & Health Programs ……………..…………     $ 81,000

Early Childhood ..................................................   $ 56,000

Volunteer Programs............................................    $  54,000

Donor designated gifts to organizations................  $ 40,000

Emerging Issues and Discretionary ......................  $ 30,000