SOUTHEAST INDIANA SUPPORTS NOTES OF ENCOURAGEMENT
Southeast Indiana continues to do its part to create and distribute Notes of Encouragement, a United Way effort that asks people to write encouraging words to seniors who are experiencing loneliness and isolation during the pandemic.
LifeTime Resources, a Southeast Indiana agency that helps older people maintain their independence, recently requested and received more than 600 Notes of Encouragement and is distributing them to its clients.
Meanwhile, schools are helping pace with such requests. Students at Sunman Dearborn Elementary recently made 274 Notes of Encouragement. It’s the kind of volunteer opportunity that allows United Way to build relationships and strengthen partnerships with schools.
Ivy Tech Community College recently completed 136 notes, with plans to create more. United Way has a strong relationship with Ivy Tech. Karen Snyder, UWGC’s Southeast Indiana director, and United Way partners were instrumental in helping the college build its service-learning program for students.
United Way launched Notes of Encouragement in June 2020 with a goal of 15,000 notes. That milestone was reached in December. The total now has surpassed 18,000 notes. To participate in the ongoing project, click below.
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15 NONPROFITS APPLY FOR COVID-19 RELIEF FUNDING
Fifteen Southeast Indiana nonprofits applied to UWGC’s Southeast Indiana office for a second round of funding from a Lilly Endowment Inc. grant that provides relief to residents dealing with COVID-19 issues. Agencies will be notified April 7 whether they will receive funding.
The relief is a result of $300,000 COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant from Lilly Inc., and a partnership with Indiana United Ways, a state professional association. The first round of funding was issued in August and September 2020 to nine local nonprofits.