Essential Services

We fight to ensure individuals and families receive the support they need in times of crisis and emergency.

Tornado damage in Lapeer, Michigan.

We recognize there are essential services vital to the well-being of our community that deserve our support. Essential services programs we support fall into one of two categories:

Disaster services – these unexpected events create a sudden disruption in normal activities of life. Affected individuals experience the impact of the disaster in their home, work, and personal lives. Disaster services focus on repair preparedness and restoring normal functioning as soon as possible. This benefits the individuals and families directly impacted and the community as a whole.

Unique services: These programs identify and provide support to under-served individuals and families. By strengthening the support for the individual, they are able to enhance and maintain their optimal quality of life. Support of these programs equals the playing field and allows the participants to reach their full potential.


Essential Services Programs funded by the United Way of Southwestern Indiana:

American Red Cross of Southwestern Indiana
Disaster (Prepare, Respond, Recover)
Services to Armed Forces

Ark Crisis Child Care Center
High Risk for Abuse and Neglect Program
Working Parents Program

Spencer County Council on Aging
Homemaker Program

The Salvation Army
Daily Feeding Program
Emergency Food Pantry

Vanderburgh County CASA
Volunteer Based Child Advocate Program

Long-term Care Ombudsman Program