In 2006, the Indiana Association of United Ways provided grants to be the catalyst for United Ways partnering across sectors to address community needs. United Way partnered with 10 organizations to discuss our hopes of a community focused on having a growing, vibrant economy with a prepared workforce. Education was determined to be vital to this goal so the Early Childhood Development Coalition (ECDC) was created focusing on preparing children to enter school ready to learn. The Napoleon Peacock Adventure Club is designed to encourage parents to read to their children every day. Since its inception, over 7,000 families are participating.
One of the fastest growing groups of United Way is Young Leaders United. Created in 2007, these young professionals (under age 40) are engaged in volunteering and giving.
Working in partnership with Infinite Scholars, SICAN and 21st Century Scholars, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid program (FAFSA) helps families complete the federal financial aid form. Bank On Evansville and our Free Tax Preparation program (VITA) provide families with tools to help them on the path to financial stability. Bank On Evansville conducts financial education classes including classes for the City of Evansville’s Summer Youth workers and the child savings program.
In 1994, the Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network (INRN) was created to strengthen the nonprofit sector by providing high quality training. This region serves 24 counties providing high quality training as well as individual organization consultations on topics such as board development, strategic planning, grant writing and fundraising.
Our history shows what can happen when people come together with a common purpose. United Way of Southwestern Indiana is committed to improving lives and advancing the common good in our communities.