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Tied to its basic needs initiatives, United Way to unveil a new four-part series focused on racism and its effect on food, housing, transportation and healthcare in Black communities

INDIANAPOLIS – United Way of Central Indiana today announced the first grant cycle of its 2020-2021 fiscal year from the Basic Needs Fund. Fifty-eight organizations will receive a total of $8.3 million in unrestricted grants to support basic needs programs for thousands of individuals in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion and Morgan counties.

In this funding cycle, a 16-member workgroup comprised of United Way board members, staff and community volunteers reviewed applications and recommended 58 organizations for funding (listing below) ranging from $20,000-$450,000 per grant. Last fiscal year, United Way awarded a total of $5 million in Basic Needs funds to 57 organizations.

“United Way is aggressively responding to the immediate needs of our community in today’s health and economic crisis,” said Sara VanSlambrook, chief impact officer for United Way. “We have a strong safety net of organizations which is working tirelessly to meet the needs of so many individuals struggling to make ends meet. These dollars will go a long way to help minimize the suffering today and for months to come.”

Basic Needs — Supporting Individuals and Eliminating the Barriers

Meeting the basic needs of children, individuals and families has been a foundation to United Way’s work and is especially critical today as the community slowly emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. In the wake of recent protests calling for racial justice and equality for African Americans in our community and around the globe, it’s also paramount to understand how systemic racism has profoundly affected communities of color and their ability to thrive.

Next week, United Way of Central Indiana will announce a new four-part virtual series, “Understanding the Roots of Racism in Food, Housing, Transportation and Healthcare.” Held on the second Wednesday of July, August, September and October, “Understanding the Roots of Racism” will invite local experts and special guests to educate participants on the painful history of racism in our community within the topics of basic needs and to empower people to take action in support of all Black lives.

2020-2021 BASIC NEEDS FUND GRANTEES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organization Award
Alternatives Incorporated $95,000
BCSSI – Boone County Senior Services, Inc. $90,000
Bosma Enterprises $50,000
Boys & Girls Club of Boone County $30,000
Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville $40,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis $110,000
Catholic Charities Indianapolis, Inc. $450,000
Children’s Bureau $415,000
Christamore House Family and Community Center $55,000
CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions $260,000
Community Alliance of the Far Eastside (CAFE) $145,000
Concord Neighborhood Center $130,000
Damien Center Inc, The $300,000
Easterseals Crossroads $350,000
Edna Martin Christian Center $200,000
Families First $450,000
Family Promise of Hendricks County $65,000
Fathers and Families Center $100,000
Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center at Crooked Creek $55,000
Flanner House of Indianapolis, Inc. $145,000
Foster Success $65,000
Goodwill Foundation of Central and Southern Indiana $350,000
Hancock County Senior Services $60,000
Happy Hollow Children’s Camp, Inc. $20,000
Hawthorne Community Center $145,000
Hendricks County Senior Services, Inc. $120,000
Horizon House $175,000
HVAF of Indiana, Inc. $75,000
Indiana Legal Services, Inc. $40,000
Indiana Youth Group (IYG) $55,000
Indianapolis Legal Aid Society $60,000
Indianapolis Urban League $175,000
John Boner Neighborhood Centers $325,000
La Plaza $145,000
Little Red Door Cancer Agency $165,000
Lutheran Child and Family Services of Indiana/Kentucky, Inc. $205,000
Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative $45,000
Martin Luther King Multi Service Center Indianapolis Inc $110,000
Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center $145,000
Meals on Wheels of Hancock County $25,000
Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic $50,000
Noble, Inc. $285,000
PrimeLife Enrichment, Inc. $90,000
Public Advocates in Community re-Entry (PACE) $95,000
Reach For Youth. Inc. $60,000
Second Helpings $210,000
Sheltering Wings $80,000
Southeast Community Services (SECS) $120,000
St. Mary’s Child Center $65,000
Sycamore Services, Inc. $65,000
Tangram $95,000
The Arc of Greater Boone County $40,000
The Salvation Army Indiana $400,000
The Villages of Indiana, Inc. $60,000
Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana $300,000
Wellspring Center $40,000
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis $185,000
Youth Connections $20,000
$8,300,000

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About United Way of Central Indiana: United Way is a community of donors, advocates, volunteers, and partners who fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. United Way invites all members of our community to LIVE UNITED by giving, advocating and volunteering to improve lives in Central Indiana. Visit www.uwci.org to learn more.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Jennifer Hashem | Public Relations Manager |office: 317-921-1313 | cell: 563-271-4385

jennifer.hashem@uwci.org

 

Jessica Di Santo | Senior Director of Communications | office: 317-921-1224 | cell: 317-292-5608

jessica.disanto@uwci.org

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