Advancing the Common Good
Advancing the common good means creating opportunities for a better life for all. When we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable and when people have good health. These results have benefits that ripple out to the community as a whole.
Contributions to the United Way of Delaware County (UWDC) support 21 programs administered by Community Partners in the focus areas of Education, Income, and Health. UWDC also works with a variety of organizations including nonprofits, the business community, government, faith groups and citizens in order to address critical issues facing the residents of Delaware County.
Partnering with over 50 community organizations led by AARP, IRS, and VITA, United Way is working to provide low and moderate-income individuals and families with free tax preparation services and information about the Earned Income Tax Credit. As a result of the outreach, those who used these services last year obtained over a quarter of a million dollars more from their 2007 federal tax returns than from their 2006 returns.
Working with community health providers, UWDC has made the Family Wise Prescription Discount Card available since November 2007. Through May 2009, individuals in Delaware County have saved $106,416 in prescriptions costs.
UWDC, Ball State University's Fisher Institute of Health and Well-Being, Lifestream, and the Ball Brothers Foundation have partnered together to develop with broad community involvement a white paper outlining the needs and services for our older adults so they can continue to live full lives.
UWDC continues to partner with Lifestream in providing Delaware County with 2-1-1. A person calling 2-1-1 has the call answered by a trained information and referral specialist who assesses the caller's needs and gives information that will enable the caller to connect with available human services to meet those needs.
Working with representatives from MITS, Delaware County, local agencies and advocates for those with disabilities, UWDC was able to help bring our community two minivan taxi cabs that will provide round-the-clock service to people with disabilities throughout Delaware County.
Education, Income, & Health
There are basic things that we all need for a good life; a quality education that leads to a stable job, income that can support a family through retirement, and good health. United Way is focused on the building blocks for a better life, investing in our community through our three focus areas:
The UWDC's goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of problems, while still providing basic needs to those in crisis. United Way doesn't just address the symptoms of a problem. It goes deeper to get at the underlying causes. Success is measured by the lives and community conditions they improve.
United Way of Delaware County, Inc.
500 N. Walnut Street
Muncie, Indiana 47305
For more information about ways your contribution can help or for volunteer opportunities, call 765-288-5586 or visit United Way of Delaware County.
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