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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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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