2023 Funding Announcement

The United Way of Indiana County invests $618,400 into education, health, and financial stability programs throughout Indiana County

The United Way of Indiana County (UWIC) Board of Directors and Allocations Committee recently approved $618,400 to local nonprofit organizations which support the UWIC’s impact areas of their mission in health, education, and financial stability; which ensures every child, family, and individual’s needs are met.

The Building Bridges to Brighter Futures, through the leadership of Chris Adams and Amanda Hilliard, the campaign helped raise money that provided support to over 157 donor-designated and approved allocation organizations. In addition to this support, the UWIC also invested in other community impact initiatives, basic needs, emergency food and shelter funding, summer grants, 211, and additional community resources.

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors and community supporters, the money raised throughout the annual campaign allows the United Way to provide resources and life-changing opportunities to our neighbors so that they can thrive and live healthier lives.”  - Angela Jackson, Executive Director, United Way of Indiana County

Approved allocation organizations include:

  • accessAbilities: Home and Community Service for Adults 
  • Alice Paul House: Victim Advocacy and Shelter Program
  • Camp Orenda: Summer Health Camp for Persons with Disabilities
  • Chevy Chase Community Center: Community Kitchen
  • Lifesteps: Family Care Mobile Resource Center & Child Check Program
  • Salvation Army: Summer Day Camp, Ark of Learning, & Comprehensive Emergency Assistance
  • The Open Door: Emotional Freedom Tapping 
  • YMCA: Summer Day Camp Wellness, Big Hearts Little Hands, & Educational Support Program

In addition to these allocations, the UWIC also supported the following services and programs below:

  • 211 - a 24-hour resource helpline serving Indiana County/connecting individuals to help and support in Indiana County
  • Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) - evidence-based social-emotional learning curriculum in Indiana County School Districts
  • Prevention Coalition of Indiana County - investing in our community’s youth and promoting healthy youth development while reducing at-risk behaviors 
  • Turkeython - providing holiday meals to children, families, and veterans throughout the county
  • Emergency Food and Shelter - funding to expand community support in food, shelter, rent/mortgage, and utility assistance. Agencies include Chevy Chase Community Center, Alice Paul House, Indiana County Community Action Program, and The Salvation Army.
  • Summer micro-grant program - Funding is now available and applications can be found on our website at www.uwindianacounty.org/2023summergrants. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, July 7th, by noon.

Board Members and volunteers with the United Way review all funding applications and decisions in the community and dedicate their time to ensure donor investments are utilized with Indiana County residents’ best interests in mind. 

We look forward to raising awareness about the work of the United Way and continuing to strengthen support for residents living in Indiana County,” states Angela Jackson.

The United Way of Indiana County, with the support of this year’s campaign chairs, Jimmy Rickard and Joyce Sharman, is preparing to kick off the 2023 “Kindness Creates Hope” fundraising campaign at Mack Park on September 22, 2023. 

“When we think of our hope for Indiana, it’s not only basic needs being met, but also our friends, neighbors, and community thriving. The smallest acts of kindness can bring about the greatest hope and the United Way brings immeasurable hope for so many, and we are honored to be even the smallest part of it,” states Jimmy Rickard and Joyce Sharman.

About United Way of Indiana County: As a trusted community leader, United Way of Indiana County meets critical needs and improves the quality of life throughout Indiana County by inspiring and uniting its residents. United Way seeks to strengthen key areas of need by leveraging community-based partnerships and maximizing resources to build our communities and impact the complex problems facing our county to help every citizen thrive. For more information, visit https://www.uwindianacounty.org.