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Teacher Appreciation in Wayne and Union Counties

Teacher Appreciation in Wayne and Union Counties

May is dedicated to appreciating teachers in Wayne and Union Counties. More specifically, May 2-6 is teacher appreciation week. Especially during the last two years, teachers have been teaching through an unprecedented event that required them to change at a moment's...

United Way of Whitewater Valley’s 2022 Workplace Campaign

United Way of Whitewater Valley’s 2022 Workplace Campaign

Are You Ready To Change The Game? The annual workplace campaign is vital to United Way of Whitewater Valley’s fundraising strategy. Corporate partners can contribute in several ways. The most exciting and engaging way to participate is an Employee Workplace Campaign....

Food Insecurity in Wayne and Union Counties

Food Insecurity in Wayne and Union Counties

For those of us who don’t struggle to put food on the table or always know where our next meal is coming from, food insecurity in Wayne and Union Counties doesn’t seem like a problem.    Photo Credit: Canva When you have the resources to make grocery trips every...

What is Gender Inequity?

What is Gender Inequity?

Today, we are hearing a lot about racial inequity and inequality. However, we cannot overlook other types of inequity, including gender inequity. You may be wondering, what is gender inequity? Photo Credit: Canva We know this can be a complicated topic, which is why...

Indiana Has A High Infant Mortality Rate

Indiana Has A High Infant Mortality Rate

Baby Safety Education and Resources Did you know Indiana has a high infant mortality rate?  In fact, the Hoosier State had the 14th highest infant mortality rate. Sadly, this represents 6.5 infants dying per 1,000 live births. The Indy Star article reported 2019 was...

Nonprofit Spotlight: Community Care

Nonprofit Spotlight: Community Care

Every year our program partners work to offer resources to individuals and families in need. Within Wayne and Union counties, there are always families, especially now after the effects of COVID-19, who could use additional support. In the last two years, more...

Food Pantries in Wayne County and Union County

Food Pantries in Wayne County and Union County

The holidays always bring a different set of feelings for everyone. One thing that we can all agree on is we look forward to the food. There is nothing better than the delicious treats we can share with our friends and families on Thanksgiving or Christmas. The sad...

Give the Gift of Books: Top 10 Children’s Books of 2021

Give the Gift of Books: Top 10 Children’s Books of 2021

There is nothing better than giving the gift of knowledge. While a book might not be that 100-piece Lego set or Barbie dream house, it is no less of a meaningful gift. A book is a vehicle for the imagination, especially for children. They can learn about places and...

Nonprofit Spotlight: Union County Public Library

Nonprofit Spotlight: Union County Public Library

As you may know, literacy is the cornerstone of a child's education; almost everything they learn after the third grade requires reading. They need to know how to read books, textbooks, signs, flyers, and so much more. The inability to read significantly impacts a...

Nonprofit Spotlight: Amigos Richmond Latino Center

Nonprofit Spotlight: Amigos Richmond Latino Center

Hispanic refers to Spanish speakers or those descended from Spanish-speaking families. Latino refers to people who are from or descended from Latin America. As of 2020, 3% population of Wayne County's population identifies as either Hispanic or...

Back to school for alice families

Back to school for alice families

The thought of going back to school triggers fond memories for many of us. It’s in the smell of a fresh box of Crayola crayons or the extra sharp points of those yellow Ticonderoga pencils. Or it’s that internal debate on which color folder should be used for science...

Nonprofit Spotlight: Communities In Schools of Wayne County

Nonprofit Spotlight: Communities In Schools of Wayne County

We are constantly amazed by the incredible things that our program partners are providing to the community. Each of our partner agencies is working in one of our four focus areas; childhood success, youth success, economic mobility and access to...

Becoming a Board Member with Brian Lackey

Becoming a Board Member with Brian Lackey

Our board members are integral to everything that we do at United Way of Whitewater Valley. Our board is comprised of prominent leaders in our community. Each of them brings different perspectives and values, but they share a common passion for Wayne...

Let Kids Have Fun

Let Kids Have Fun

Parents are feeling the pressure to keep kids engaged in education throughout the summer break. You might always feel that pressure, but it’s exceptionally present this year. We’re still recovering from education disruptions due to COVID-19. Here’s...

Collaboration

Collaboration

Collaboration is the value of the month for July’s More Than Words program. Collaboration is about believing in a cause bigger than yourself and working towards a greater good. We see this happening all over our community each day and it’s a value...

Boys and Girls Clubs of Wayne County

Boys and Girls Clubs of Wayne County

Here at United Way of Whitewater Valley, we are passionate about youth success. Not just because this is one of our 4 main areas of focus (youth success), but because children are the future of our community. Each child in Wayne and Union...

Make It Happen in Wayne and Union Counties

Make It Happen in Wayne and Union Counties

If you are a campaign chair, you are probably wondering how to make your annual employee giving campaign a success. Would insider knowledge from an employee giving campaign pro help? In that case, we have just the information you need. Recently we spoke with one of...

Nonprofit Spotlight: The Reading Academy

Nonprofit Spotlight: The Reading Academy

Over a decade ago, schools were sometimes labeled as dropout factories. Out of this controversy, an organization came to life in Wayne County. Under the guidance of Rick Ahaus and Dick Jones, two concerned citizens, The Reading Academy was started. The Reading...