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Americans Want to Believe Jobs Are the Solution to Poverty. They’re Not.

Americans Want to Believe Jobs Are the Solution to Poverty. They’re Not.

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U.S. unemployment is down and jobs are going unfilled. But for people without much education, the real question is: Do those jobs pay enough to live on? Vanessa Solivan and her three children fled their last place in June 2015, after a young man was shot and killed around the corner. They found a floor to sleep on in Vanessa’s parents’ home on North Clinton Avenue in East Trenton. It wasn’t a safer neighborhood, but it was a known one. Vanessa took only what she could cram into her station wagon, a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica, letting the bed bugs have the rest. FULL STORY
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Record turnout for United Way’s annual Day of Caring

Record turnout for United Way’s annual Day of Caring

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After a hard day's work, the United Way's 25th annual Day of Caring is complete. Many businesses lended their employees for this one day, to volunteer at non-profits across Vanderburgh, Warrick and Spencer counties. Like a big hug, volunteers wrapped the community in love, as a record-breaking 1,243 people fanned out to pitch in at over sixty non-profits in the Tri-State. FULL STORY
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Breakfast kicks off United Way’s Day of Caring

Breakfast kicks off United Way’s Day of Caring

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The United Way's Day of Caring kicked off with a breakfast at Old National Events Plaza. Eyewitness News' Shelley Kirk had the honor of emceeing the event that brought together hundreds of volunteers from surrounding counties. University of Evansville men's basketball coach and keynote speaker Walter McCarty said their work is felt far beyond Friday. FULL STORY
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‘United we fight, united we win!’ Volunteers get to work on United Way Day of Caring

‘United we fight, united we win!’ Volunteers get to work on United Way Day of Caring

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. — A massive volunteer force, 1,243 people to be exact, set out to make a difference Friday. They pulled weeds, mulched, scrubbed toys, cleaned kitchens, sorted clothes, painted, fixed stuff and did whatever else needed to be done at nonprofit agencies in Vanderburgh, Warrick and Spencer counties as part of the United Way of Southwestern Indiana's 25th Day of Caring. Full Story
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Amy Canterbury – August 15th, 2018

Amy Canterbury – August 15th, 2018

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On September 7th, United Way will celebrate its 25th Annual Day of Caring. On that day, we will bring together more than one thousand volunteers, who will lend a hand to 50 local nonprofit organizations in Vanderburgh, Warrick and Spencer Counties, by helping with projects both inside and outdoors. FULL STORY
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Amy Canterbury – June 22nd, 2018

Amy Canterbury – June 22nd, 2018

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Throughout United Way’s history, we’ve always been more than just fundraisers. We are hand raisers and game changers. We identify the needs in our community, and then work to address them. Over the past year, more than twelve hundred volunteers invested almost eleven thousand hours of time making a positive impact in our community through United Way programs. Volunteers play a vital role in helping us reach those in need. That’s why we connect volunteers with local nonprofits through a conveniently updated website. If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get involved, I invite you to take a look at the list of current volunteer needs in our community. Go to united way swi.org; click on the “Get Involved” tab at the top of the page; and then…
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Community Comment: Amy Canterbury – February 18th, 2018

Community Comment: Amy Canterbury – February 18th, 2018

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In this week’s edition of What The Community Has To Say, Amy Canterbury talks about United Way’s 211 service connecting the community to social service resources. This segment aired on Sunday, February 18th. United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability for everyone in the community. One way the organization does this is through its 211 service. 211 is a free, confidential, and easy number to remember that connects people to social service resources. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE VIEW ORIGINAL ARTICLE
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United Way 211 Celebrating Years of Assisting People

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Friday is 211 Day which recognizes the free hotline that connects local residents to vital services through the United Way. Mayor Lloyd Winnecke was on hand as people had a chance to learn more about how the 211 Hotline works which services are available. The service launched in 1986 and it provides assistance for things like food, housing, and utilities. Now, United Way 211 has services in 10 counties in southwestern Indiana. In 2017, the service received more than 12,200 calls and provided close to 25,700 referrals to those seeking help. 75 percent of calls came from Vanderburgh County. An open house will take place Friday at the United Way of Southwestern Indiana from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., where guests will have the opportunity to tour the 211 Center…
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United Way to Offer Free Tax Prep Program

United Way to Offer Free Tax Prep Program

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The United Way of Southwestern Indiana will offer free tax preparation through its VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program for individuals and families with an annual household income of $54,000 or less. Through the VITA program, IRS certified volunteers will provide free basic tax return preparation via electronic filing. Volunteers screen taxpayers for special tax credits at five locations. Services will start on January 29 and end on April 17. For a full schedule click here. This year, OneMain Financial has provided a grant to partially fund the program. “At OneMain, we are committed to helping people achieve financial success. We are proud to support a program dedicated to helping hard working families navigate the tax preparation process and reach their financial goals,” said Trish Weaver, OneMain Philanthropy Director. Last…
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United Way Offers Free Tax Preparation Program

United Way Offers Free Tax Preparation Program

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United Way of Southwestern Indiana is offering free tax preparation through its vita program. This is for individuals or families with an annual household income of $54,000 or less. The program provides free basic tax return preparation via electronic filing. IRS certified volunteers screen clients for special tax credits they may qualify for. This year, one main financial provided a grant to partially fund the program. Tax prep services will begin January 29th at five locations. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
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United Way: Free Tax Preparation

United Way: Free Tax Preparation

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The United Way of Southwestern Indiana is presenting a program that can help you this tax season. President and CEO Amy Canterbury joined us Monday with the details of Vita. For the latest breaking news and stories from across the Tri-State, follow Eyewitness News on Facebook and Twitter. (This story was originally published on Jan. 8, 2017)
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Evansville Teacher’s Credit Union Donates More Than $40,000 to United Way

Evansville Teacher’s Credit Union Donates More Than $40,000 to United Way

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The Evansville Teacher’s Federal Credit Union presented a gift to the United Way. The total goal was $25,000, but the credit union and its employees presented a check totaling $44,625. The United Way said its thankful to see the community effort and support. Amy Canterbury said, “It’s really warming to see an entire company to come together for the community. They do want to see a thriving community if Southwest Indiana.” 43% of the donation was made up of employee contributions. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE READ ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE
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What the Community Has to Say: Kevin Koch – November 9th, 2017

What the Community Has to Say: Kevin Koch – November 9th, 2017

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United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. We are more than fund-raisers. We are hand-raisers. We raise our hands not only to lead the fight, but to reach out to people in our community who need help. And hope. We win by living United. By forging unlikely partnerships. By finding new solutions to old problems. By mobilizing the best resources. And by inspiring individuals to join the fight against our community’s most daunting social crises. So who are the hand-raisers and the game-changers? They are the people who recognize the power that comes from a shared purpose. Who understand they’re always stronger together than they are alone. In our community, it means people like you. United Way of Southwestern Indiana needs…
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YLU Dodgeball tournament raises money for park learning trails

YLU Dodgeball tournament raises money for park learning trails

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -Hundreds of community members filled downtown Evansville's YMCA for a good cause. The fifth annual Young Leaders United (YLU) Dodgeball Tournament got pretty intense as 28 teams competed for the trophy. Young Leaders United Committee member Lee Riddle said the event raised $11,000 that will go towards three United Way Born Learning Trails community. He said the trails will help boost a child's language and literacy skills through fun and games. It uses stencils on the sidewalk to help the kids be interactive with their parents and be educational for them. "In Garvin Park, our goal is to have Spanish and English signs because we know there is a lot of Latino festivals that go on around Garvin Park," said Riddle. Riddle said people get pretty competitive and have even…
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