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UWGC Southeast Indiana Area Updates March 2021

Here's what's happening in Southeast Indiana.
April 29, 2021


In the third quarter of 2020, nine Southeast Indiana nonprofits were awarded funding by United Way of Greater Cincinnati to help residents meet basic needs and recover from the effects of COVID-19. Applications for a second round of funding are being accepted until March 19, with decisions expected to be completed by April 7.

The relief is made possible by a $300,000 COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. and a partnership with Indiana United Ways, a state professional association.

“Our goal with these funds is to ensure our community stays strong,” said Karen Snyder, area center director of United Way of Greater Cincinnati Southeast Indiana, which serves Dearborn and Ohio counties. “Agencies are still struggling. Our community is still struggling. We will support them. United is the way to respond, recover and revitalize.”

Nonprofits that received money in the first round of funding were Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Indiana; Heart House Inc.; Cow Jumped Over the Moon daycare; New Hope Services Inc.; New Horizons Rehabilitation Inc.; North Dearborn Pantry; Rock Solid Families; The Clearinghouse; and Youth Encouragement Center.

 Examples of how the funds were used:

  • New Horizons Rehabilitation modified workstations so that 60 people with disabilities could return to work safely.

  • New Hope Services directed funds to its Healthy Families program, which provides a variety of services for first-time families to support the health of their newborns.

  • North Dearborn Pantry purchased a freezer that made it possible to supply more than 250 households with food.

  • The Clearinghouse food pantry widened its reach to shut-in seniors, families and individuals through use of a mobile pantry.

To be eligible for funding, a nonprofit must: 

  • Be recognized by the IRS as a non-profit under IRS code 501(c)3.

  • Serve residents in Dearborn and/or Ohio Counties.

  • Have an emergency organizational need or a process to provide direct individual assistance for emergency needs.

  • Be able to complete reporting requirements on a monthly basis until funds are expended.

Nonprofits can apply through Snyder at Karen.Snyder@uwgc.org. Please note “Covid-19 Grant Application Request” in the subject line.


Austin Clark has been hired by River Valley Resources Inc. to be the full-time career coach for Rural Works in southeast Indiana. Rural Works, a poverty-to-self-sufficiency employment program, receives funding from United Way of Greater Cincinnati Southeast Indiana and the Dearborn Community Foundation.

River Valley Resources established Rural Works, which is based on the nationally recognized Cincinnati Works program. Rural Works will operate career-skills workshops. Clark will recruit program participants, tap into community resources, build relationships with southeast Indiana employers and work closely with them to successfully secure job placements for program participants.

Companies that want more information and individuals interested in attending a Rural Works workshop can contact Clark at (513) 630-9932 or aclark@rivervalleyresources.com.

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