March 14, 2014
United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) is appealing to March Madness fans and their loyalty to the game as a reminder that the clock’s also ticking for another kind of challenge: helping the community win by contributing to United Way’s annual fundraising campaign by March 31.
“The goal is in sight for our team, but we need everyone’s help to score against the formidable opponents of poverty, homelessness, job loss, hunger and domestic violence,” said Ann D. Murtlow, president and chief executive officer of United Way.
The campaign has already raised 93 percent of its $42.5 million goal, according to Andy Mohr, 2013 campaign chair. “It’s crunch time, so we want to make sure that individuals and companies know they can still give to strengthen Central Indiana’s network supporting people in need, including a growing number of children,” Mohr said.
United Way identifies barriers to self-sufficiency and invests to close those gaps, said Murtlow. She cited as an example United Way’s focus on quality child care options that have benefitted more than 4,300 children, and strengthened laws to keep them safe while in day care, while also preparing them to succeed in school and beyond.
Mohr said the network of human service agencies United Way invests in helps “connect the dots, enabling struggling people to be on a path where they can get the services it takes to become self-sufficient, contributing members of our community.”
Giving is quick and easy, Murtlow and Mohr stressed. A gift of as little as a dollar a week can make a big difference, they added.
To contribute by March 31, visit uwci.org/bigwin. In United Way’s last campaign, the community contributed $41 million.
People seeking volunteer opportunities and ways to advocate for public policy changes they want to see happen can also find resources at uwci.org.
United Way of Central Indiana helps people learn more, earn more and lead safe and healthy lives. United Way gets things done by mobilizing people and community partners in six Central Indiana counties to identify, advance and advocate the best solutions. LIVE UNITED is a call to action for everyone to be part of the change. Visit uwci.org for more information.