Amy Canterbury – September 27th, 2017

Amy Canterbury – September 27th, 2017

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In this week’s edition of What The Community Has To Say, Amy Canterbury talks about the United Way and how the organization fights for the health, education, and financial stability of people in the community. This segment aired on Wednesday, September 27th. The United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. We do this by finding new solutions to old problems, and mobilizing the best resources to address them. We work with 30 partner agencies and fund more than seventy programs that focus on health, education, financial stability and essential services. Last year, these programs served 130,000 people in Vanderburgh, Warrick and Spencer Counties. It’s likely that you or someone you know has directly benefited from a program funded by United Way.…
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United Way to host Day of Caring

United Way to host Day of Caring

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The 24th annual "Day of Caring" is set for Friday.  It's the largest one-day volunteer event in the area. “We’ll put over 1,100 volunteers out into the community into 60 different non-profit organizations,” said Amy Canterbury, President of the United Way. The volunteers will perform a wide range of projects...everything from landscaping and carpentry work to reading to preschool students. “So many of our agencies look forward to this every year as a way to spruce up or clean up,” Canterbury added.  “And we have volunteers willing to do that.  We have just a fantastic giving community.” The Day of Caring is also the kickoff to the United Way Campaign, which runs through December 8.  Organizers have set a goal of $4.2 million for 2017. “We fight for the health,…
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Volunteers Head Out for United Way Day of Caring

Volunteers Head Out for United Way Day of Caring

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About 1,100 volunteers -- a record number -- happily spent the day painting, landscaping and cleaning at local nonprofits Friday during United Way of Southwestern Indiana's 24th Annual Day of Caring. For a team of 35 employees at Berry Global, the day presented an opportunity to spend time with a cherished neighbor. The group worked at St. Vincent Center for Children and Families at First Avenue and Delaware Street, a few blocks from Berry's worldwide headquarters. Berry employees have done a lot over the years at St. Vincent, everything from installing parking lot speed bumps to reading to children. The weather on Friday was perfect for tasks such as laying mulch, planting flowers and trimming. Employees of Energy Systems Group, a Vectren subsidiary, joined the force from Berry. "It's giving…
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Evansville Volunteers Participate In A Day Of Caring

Evansville Volunteers Participate In A Day Of Caring

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Various not-for-profit agencies are in better shape thanks to volunteers from the United Way of Southwestern Indiana. The agency kicked off it’s 214th annual Day Of Caring with a breakfast for more than 1,000 volunteers. After breakfast the volunteers fanned out to 60 agencies in the community to lend a hand doing anything from picking up limbs and branches to painting, to moving furniture. The Day of Caring is aimed at promoting volunteerism, but it is also a kick off for the United Way’s annual campaign. The Day of caring has grown in its 24 years in Southwestern Indiana. The first year the agency sponsored the event it only had 150 volunteers. VIEW ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE
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United Way of Southwestern Indiana: 24th Annual Day of Caring

United Way of Southwestern Indiana: 24th Annual Day of Caring

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United Way of Southwestern Indiana will conduct the 24th Annual Day of Caring on Friday, September 8, 2017. The day will start off with a breakfast at the Old National Events Plaza. Breakfast begins at 7 a.m., followed by a brief presentation at 7:30 a.m. After the presentation, volunteers will go out into the community and spend the day helping 60 local nonprofit agencies complete much needed projects, which include landscaping, painting, helping the elderly, reading to preschool students, carpentry work, and much more. The Day of Caring breakfast also serves as the kick-off for the 2017 United Way Campaign, which runs through December 8. Campaign Chair, Kevin Koch,will announce campaign results from 2017 Pacesetter companies: Berry Global, Brake Supply, City of Evansville, George Koch Sons, German American Bank, Harding…
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United Way Tells Community to #ImagineYourImpact

United Way Tells Community to #ImagineYourImpact

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Pacesetter companies for this year's United Way of Southwestern Indiana campaign were urged on Thursday to imagine the difference their support will make. The total campaign's goal is $4.2 million, and the 14 Pacesetter organizations will be tasked over the next month with getting the ball rolling. The official campaign kickoff will come on the Day of Caring, Sept. 8. Pacesetter companies, who attended a luncheon at the Downtown YMCA, include Koch Enterprises. That company's president and CEO, Kevin Koch, is this year's United Way campaign chairman. Koch Enterprises employees have volunteered often for United Way-supported agencies over the years. "We see the impact the programs are making in the community, and it motivates us to continue to serve," Kevin Koch said. The United Way supports 32 agencies in Vanderburgh, Warrick and…
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United Way’s Pacesetter Campaign Is Underway

United Way’s Pacesetter Campaign Is Underway

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This year’s Pacesetter Campaign is underway. The United Way hosted a kickoff event for their fundraising campaigns. Pacesetters are companies that will raise money within their offices throughout the month of August. The United Way’s goal this year is to raise $4.2 million. A big part of that comes from the Pacesetter Campaign. Organizers say this event is an interactive way to show donors what the money they are donating goes towards. The United Way will announce how much money the Pacesetters raise on September 8th, which is their ‘Day of Caring’. VIEW ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE
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Amy Canterbury – July 19th, 2017

Amy Canterbury – July 19th, 2017

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In this week’s edition of What The Community Has To Say Amy Canterbury talked about United Way’s 211 service that partnered with other community organizations, including Deaconess and St. Vincent. This segment aired on July 19th. Hello, I’m Amy Canterbury, President and CEO of United Way of Southwestern Indiana, and I have some exciting news to share about our 211 resource and referral service. After months of work, United Way’s 211, the Vanderburgh County Health Department, and other community partners including Deaconess and St. Vincent, have collaborated to form one continuously updated resource database for those seeking help with basic health and human service needs. This collaborative effort is the first of its kind in Indiana, and was the result of Evansville’s continued efforts to evaluate and streamline duplicate health…
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United Way 211 and Vanderburgh County Health Department Consolidate Community Resource Directories

United Way 211 and Vanderburgh County Health Department Consolidate Community Resource Directories

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United Way 211, the Vanderburgh County Health Department (VCHD), and other community partners, including St. Vincent and Deaconess hospitals, have collaborated to form one continuously updated resource database for those seeking help with basic health and human services. Robert K. Spear, MD, Health Officer with the Vanderburgh County Health Department said, “The Vanderburgh County Health Department Resource Guide has been a long standing effort to keep the community aware of all of the resources in the area. At the same time, the United Way 211 service links individuals in need of social services with the appropriate service providers in the community. It only made sense to combine these efforts, and in this digital world, make this combined resource available by calling 211 day or night and having access 24 hours…
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United Way and Vanderburgh Health Department Join Forces

United Way and Vanderburgh Health Department Join Forces

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The United Way Southwestern Indiana and the Vanderburgh County Health Department are working together to get people connected to the resources they need. They’ve combined forces to form one database for people who need social services. United Way 211 is available by phone 24-hours and on the internet. The initiative is the first of it’s kind in Indiana. It will cut down on duplicated services and expenses. Also, it will make accessing critical services easier. The United Way 211 Database was formed in partnership with Deaconess and St. Vincent Hospital For more information on United Way 211, click here. VIEW ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE
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United Way Hires Three New Employees

United Way Hires Three New Employees

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The United Way of Southwestern Indiana has recently added Robin Whitledge, Kathryn Nix and Katie Merrick to its team.   Whitledge joined the United Way of Southwestern Indiana as the 2-1-1 services manager. She most recently served as the outreach coordinator with Catholic charities at the Diocese of Evansville. Whitledge holds a master's of science degree in public service administration from the University of Evansville and bachelor of arts degrees in criminal justice and English from Indiana University. Nix joined the United Way of Southwestern Indiana as the marketing and communications director. She formerly served as the marketing director for the Evansville Courier & Press. nix has a bachelor of science degree in business administration/marketing from Murray State University. Merrick joined the United Way of Southwestern Indiana as the development officer. She most recently served as an associate private banker…
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Weinzapfel Joins Indiana United Way’s Board

Weinzapfel Joins Indiana United Way’s Board

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Indiana United Ways has elected Jonathan Weinzapfel, chancellor for Ivy Tech Community College Southwest/Wabash Valley, to its board of directors. According to a news release, his contributions to United Way began as a loaned executive supporting fundraising campaigns early in his career, and he has served on numerous United Way member agency boards. He currently serves on the board of the United Way of Southwestern Indiana, but first came in contact with the non-profit through his mother, Sylvia, who was executive director of the Evansville YWCA, a United Way member agency. "As mayor of Evansville, and now chancellor, I am very interested in addressing our ALICE issues statewide through the creation of educational opportunities," Weinzapfel said in the release, referring to the organization's emphasis on the Asset Limited, Income Constrained,…
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Indiana United Ways Elects Jonathan Weinzapfel to its Board of Directors

Indiana United Ways Elects Jonathan Weinzapfel to its Board of Directors

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Indianapolis/Marion County, IN – Indiana United Ways (IUW) elected Jonathan Weinzapfel to its Board of Directors at its State Leaders Conference on April 13, 2017. Mr. Weinzapfel, Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College Southwest / Wabash Valley, brings extensive leadership to the IUW table. As a dynamic and innovative leader, Mr. Weinzapfel’s contributions to United Way began as a loaned executive supporting fundraising campaigns early in his career and has served on numerous United Way member agency boards throughout his career. Today he is actively engaged with the United Way of Southwestern Indiana as a Board Member. He fondly recalls his earliest United Way experiences with his mother who was the executive director of the Evansville YWCA, a United Way member agency. In short, he's been around United Way his whole…
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Real Life Story: American Red Cross of Southern Indiana

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In May 2016, Ashley began experiencing life-threatening complications during the birth of her second child. To save her life, doctors used 121 units of blood product, the most amount of blood doctors have ever given to a  single patient at Deaconess and had them survive. Ashley underwent five surgeries and due to the lifesaving Red Cross blood supply, both she and baby are on the road to recovery. To give back to the organization that helped save Ashley and her newborn, her family held a Red Cross blood drive at Deaconess in her honor.
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United Way Announces New IMPACT Grant for Local Nonprofits

United Way Announces New IMPACT Grant for Local Nonprofits

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United Way of Southwestern Indiana officials officials on Tuesday said a new grant is available to nonprofits in Vanderburgh, Warrick and Spencer counties. The United Way board voted to make up to $200,000 available for local programs that aimed at putting people on the road to self-sufficiency. Agencies that apply for funding don't necessarily have to be current United Way partners. The board will award funding to as many as 15 applicants. Programs that are chosen for grants should be innovative and foster collaboration, with the specific goal of giving individuals and families a hand up, said Matt Theby, a United Way board member. Funding will be drawn from the United Way's 2016 campaign, which achieved its goal of $4.6 million. The United Way issued a request for proposals Monday on its website. Informational…
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United Way of Southwestern Indiana Presents Awards

United Way of Southwestern Indiana Presents Awards

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The United Way of Southwestern Indiana presented several awards during its annual meeting recently at the University of Evansville. Recipients included: * Niel Ellerbrook Community Service Award:  Jonathan Rich * Spirit of United Way: Individual, Matt Theby and Company, Atlas World Group * Give: Individuals, Carl Chapman and Alan Newman and Companies, Berry Plastics, German American Bank and Meijer * Advocate: Scott Berry, Rick Castle, Mike Devoy, Carrie Feltis, Ellen Julian, Brian Kerney, Gretchen Muchnick, Katherine Rybak, Denise Seibert, Becca Scott and Greg Williams * Volunteer: Patricia Banet, Donna Mesker, Russ Berkau, Lindsay Schmitt, Rebecca Englert, Jennifer Skodinski, Patricia Kerstiens, Lawrence Taylor and Katie Kissel * President’s Awards: Lynn Kyle, Jeff Whiteside and Goodwill Industries​ * Spotlight Awards: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance celebrates 10 years, Kevin Gibson, Kalynn Lenfers, Cathy Luff, Garvin Senn, Clay Sills…
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Real Life Story: Arc of Evansville

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This story was submitted to us from Arc of Evansville Child Life Center with permission to share. Ben is a four year old child, who began receiving services from The Arc of Evansville’s Child Life Center (CLC) in August, 2014.  At that time, Ben used scripted speech and experienced difficulty responding to simple questions. He was easily distracted and unable to feed himself. Ben also exhibited a low frustration tolerance which resulted in aggressive behavior towards his peers.  CLC teachers and Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation therapists worked together to employ occupational therapy, speech therapy, and sensory strategies for Ben. Over time, the strategies helped Ben improve in a variety of areas.  He has experienced improvement in his attention to task, is able to follow the classroom routine, participates in circle time,…
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Real Life Story: Ark Crisis Child Care Center

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This story was submitted to us from Ark Crisis Child Care Center with permission to share. A one year old little girl first came to Ark as an emergency case through the Department of Children’s Services. She was removed from a home due to abuse allegations and was placed at Ark until a foster family could be identified. She came in, dirty and with a dirty bandage wrapped around her arm. The DCS case manager called a few hours later said a foster mom was found for the girl, but the woman refused to take the child unless she could get childcare assistance. She had a full-time job and could not take time off to care for the child. Ark assured the case manager that we could help until a traditional child…
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Real Life Story: Spencer County Hospice

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This story is written by the son of one of Spencer County Hospice’s founding members. He has granted us permission to share it.  At the end, my mom wanted to die at home. My dad tried his best to care for her, but soon the pain medication she was prescribed did nothing and he could not stand to see her in pain.  He took her to the hospital where she stayed until she died, unable to see her 7-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter because hospital rules prohibited children from visiting. In 1990, my dad helped found the Spencer County Hospice, the retirement project that he had been planning for years. Over the next 25 years he continually served on the board of directors, served various times as president and secretary,…
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