United Way of Miami County History

Board of Directors               

Officially started 2018 with 24 United Way Board of Directors and ended the year with 25 

Added six new directors: Jade Cox, Shelly Dyer, Bob Kling, Brian Powers, Michael Selleck, & Sam Watkins

Added three new United Way Student Representatives: Courtlynn Crowe, Riley Jones, & Bailey Keim

Three United Way Student Representatives graduated: Andrew Baker, Shelly Spencer, Micheal Stiver

One director completed his term: Jeff Price

United Way accepted five Board of Director resignations: Jody Long, Rachel Neighbors, Matt Storm, Jeanette Merritt, Brian Powers

United Way elected six new officers for 2018

President – Kenny Hanson

Secretary – Marcia Minard

Treasurer – Jeromie Wright & Jeff Altmiller

VP Community Investment – James Callane & Diane Skillen

VP Governance & Leadership – Lisa Boothby & Kenny Hanson

VP Special Events – Kellie Gochenour

Board Highlights 

   Guest Speakers

Connie Cutler – Miami County Community Foundation

2016 Audit – Alan Smith, Rea Logan

Abbie Smith  & Cheryl Graham – United Way of Howard County

Maconaquah IT Personnel – Online application

Ben Blumberg – Boy Scouts

Mark Demchak – YMCA

Kathy Brehmer – Y Transit

Angie Quinn & Gerald Smelser – The Salvation

Denise Brehmer – Miami County CAP

Katherine MacAulay – American Red Cross

Heidi Wright & Lindsey Davidson – FSA, Domestic Violence Awareness

Colleen Kennedy – AmeriCorps Member


Other Board Highlights

Board approved this year theme: Great things happen when we move from Sympathy to Empathy

United Way Board manual updates were facilitated by Debi Wallick, Executive Director on January 10, 2018

Executive Director, Debi Wallick, facilitated a new board of directors orientation on December 1, 2018

Board approved & moved to apply for the UnitedIN18 grant through Indiana United Ways

Board approved & moved to sign another year standard tier membership with Indiana United Way


Finance Committee Recommendations

Board approved & moved to release the temporary net assets of $271,191.07 for 2017

Board approved & moved to write-off 2016 uncollectables as of 3/29/2018 of as $20,293.42

Board approved & moved to set the uncollectable for 2018 at $22,800

Board approved & moved to withdraw our participation from UWHC program know as 2-1-1 due to their plan to discontinue their association with the program. The committee recommends maintaining the budgeted funds so that they may be considered available as we re-evaluate future options.  

Board approved & moved to accept 2017 review prepared by Rea Logan

Board approved & moved to accept the 2018 changes to the Receivables policy and procedures

Board approved & moved to accept a new Pass-Through policy and procedure to be added to the Finance manual. They also agreed to amend the end of the year Rollover policy and procedure

Board approved & moved to pay the AmeriCorps stipend to Indiana United Ways of $5,000. This amount is to be reimbursed to our savings account after the UnitedIN18 grant is awarded. Note $1,500 of the stipend was paid from NIPSCO grant.

Board approved & moved to give Miami County Community Foundation permission to transfer funds from UW529 Permanent (Promise Indiana) fund to their preschool account

Board approved & moved to adopt the proposed 2019 Operating budget of $91,802.78

Board approved & moved to release the temporary net assets

Board approved & moved to release the one year ago allowance to the unrestricted as of December 31, 2018

Board approved & moved to sign another year lease agreement with Community Resource Center

Board approved & moved setting year-end restricted temporary assets, to accept year-end financial: subject to audit

Board approved & moved to close out 2018 campaign as of December 2018

Board approved & moved to set board lunch stipend at $75

Board approved & moved to transfer $18,000 from UW Reserve funds to 2018 campaign payable 2020 allocations


Community Investment Committee Recommendations

Committee Investment Committee and Board approved & moved to accept nine partner agencies to be funded from our 2018 campaign  payable in 2019

American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana

Boy Scouts of America, Sagamore Council

Kiwanis of Peru, Dental Clinic

Family Service Association, Domestic Violence Program

Miami County Child Abuse Prevention Council

Services of Visually Hearing Impaired

The Salvation Army

YMCA, Miami County                                          

YMCA Transit, Miami County


Governance & Leadership Recommendations

The board approved new board members and officers for 2018

Governance & Leadership Committee facilitated the process of updating policy and procedure handbook

Governance & Leadership Committee reviewed Miami County’s Advocacy & Discrimination policies

Governance & Leadership Committee & Board of Directors approved & moved Succession Plan for the executive director

Governance & Leadership Committee reviewed fourth-year Strategic Performance Metrics

The strategic metrics table is an attempt for UWMC to objectively measure and evaluate the progress of various Bold Goals associated with education, income, and health within Miami County over the next 5 years. The final dashboard will be presented to the board in April 2019.


Grants received in 2017 & 2018

Miami Cares Scholarship – Mental Health Awareness concluded in 2018.

Lions Club, Rita Jackson, System of Care, United Way of Miami County

Northern Indiana Community Foundation – Miami Co. Works 3.0 initiative concluded in 2018.  

Report sent to NICF ($10,000)

49 referred, 20 signed in, 14 participated in case management 2018

UnitedIN16 – Education, Income, and Health initiative concluded in 2018

Report sent to Indiana Association United Way ($33,600)

NIPSCO – AmeriCorps Member, United against Opioid ($1,500)

Funds used to help pay for AmeriCorps stipend of $5,000

UnitedIN18 – Indiana Association United Way ($40,000 match)

Capacity building, Childhood Success, & Health



Emergency Food and Shelter Program

Phase 35: Approved – 1st drawn spent waiting on 2nd draw payment

FamilyWize Health Discount – Saved  469 citizens $54,064 in 2018                       

Saved $866,941 since 2008

Infestation Health Initiative – 38 Mattress covers, 81 Pillowcase covers & 1 Heat treatment

St. Vincent dePaul & United Way of Miami County

Miami County Food Mobile Drives

Partners: Walgreens, Aspen Navigators, SNAP assistance

12 Food Drives           7 Host sites                            

9 Different Sponsors              

$12,000 Food Finders ($1,000 x 12)  $6,000 Local sponsors ($500 x12)

$18,000 sponsorship (5, 000 x 12 = 60,000 lbs. food)

Households 2,201     Individuals 6,085

Miami County Imagination Library

Currently serving 424 children (free books every month until the child turns five years old)

280 children graduated (total children graduate from the program since 2009)

Miami County Resource Network - 2018 Results

Acts of Kindness 5,526      Individual clients 3,019          Head of Households 1,217

Assisted $228,215              Partners 15

Weekend Meal Deal – 98 Head Start  & Preschool (September – December)

Elmwood Head Start 38

Pipe Creek Preschool 40         North Miami Preschool 20

2 Coordinators            2 Drivers         8 – 10 volunteer organizations

1,372 backpacks         September – December



Campaign chair - Brooke Robertson 

Move to set the goal at $190,000

The campaign officially closed December 28, 2018 at $167,298, 88.1%

Shop Local Small Businesses Give Back – December 10 – 22

Local businesses gave back 5 – 10% of total revenue back to United Way


Wings, Etc. & Dairy Queen

IRS & Thank you letters mailed to any donor who gave $25 or more

United Way Denim Day’s – November & December


Office and Staff Update

Executive Director attended State Leaders Conference in Indianapolis, IN

Executive Director Wallick partnered with Johnson Junction to administer Financial Peace University workshops

Director Wallick lead five roundtables at the state level as the appointed chairman for the Executive Roundtable Indiana Association of United Ways in 2018


Special Events Committee

Community of Character

Scholarship: One $500 scholarship to each Miami County High school (11 applied)

Maconaquah: Raygan Plothow

North Miami: Isaac Fouts

Peru: Madeleine Weeks

Pillar Award: Dennis Eckerly

Calendar: Sponsored by United Way agencies (12 C.O.C. trait calendars)


Easter Coloring Contest (Sponsors: CVS, Dollar General, and United Way)

Total:   968

Blair Pointe, Elmwood, Maconaquah, North Miami and Pipe Creek Elementary, Main Street United Methodist Church, Promiseland Preschool,  and YMCA Preschool 2-4 age group

5-7 age group

8-10 age group

11-12 age group

Overall Winner


Essay Contest (Sponsor: Casey’s General Store & Miami Co. Chamber of Commerce)

Total: 581

Maconaquah: 210     Peru: 360     North Miami: 11


Day of  Caring – Sponsored shirts – Shoppers Value Foods: Dave VanBaalan

United Way staff, Special Events Committee, Mike Bell Parks Superintendent, Miami County Board of Realtors and the Modern Woodmen of America

Volunteers – 35

Sites – 6

Blair Ridge Health Campus

Gazebo area at Millers Merry Manor

Hickory Creek

In front and back at Peru High School

Municipal Club House

River Walkway and MiamisFort


Miami County 4-H Fair (June 20 – June 25)

9 UW partner agencies manned booth

1,000 United Way brochures distributed

Material distributed about each agency


Monte Carlo Event – United Way kick off

Sertoma Club – Gambling vendor

Riverview Event Center – Site

Balloons Affairs – Decorations

Milestone Event Center – Beer & Wine vendor

Over 130 guests


Stamp Out Hunger Drive – Local Letter Carriers & United Way

May 12, 2018

8,000 lbs distributed to 4 food pantries (rainy day)

United Way board, staff, Modern Woodmen volunteers


Collaboration Outcomes

Addiction Impact Panel – 65

System of Care, AmeriCorps Member


Advantage Housing – homeless prevention  

2 families – 2 adults & 2 children

System of Care & United Way of Miami County


AmeriCorps Member – 15 Community conversations/surveys

United Against Opioid – 10 Surveys

Indiana United Ways, United Way of Miami County & System of Care


Easter Egg Hunt – 300 participants 12 & under

City of Peru, Parks Board, Kent Workman,

Community Partners & United Way of Miami County


Landlord Updates & Collaboration Opportunities – Homeless & bedbugs

15 attendance

System of Care & United Way of Miami County


Life After High School – 80 12th Grader’s

System of Care, United Way of Miami County


Life Cycle Transportation – 69 Bicycles & locks distributed

System of Care, Main Street United Methodist Church & United Way of Miami County


Miami Co. Naloxone – 308 Lay responders & 197 First responders

System of Care, United Way of Miami County


Navigators for Miami County Miami County Food Drives – 2: 2,201 Households

Aspen (Medicaid assistance, HIP 2.0)


Poverty Simulation – 25 Volunteers & 49 Participants

Indiana United Ways, System of Care & United Way of Miami County


Public Narcan Training – 295 Narcan kits & 40 medication lock bags distributed

System of Care & United Way of Miami County


Rapid Rehousing – 19 family units & 16 households

34 adults & 28 children

Advantage Housing, System of Care & United Way of Miami County


Sexually Assault Response Task Force – 50 Trained

Family Service Association Domestic Violence Advocacy


Sex offenders respond to crimes against children – 75

Miami County Child Abuse Prevention Council


Walk through the Trees – 75

Substance Abuse awareness walk 

System of Care, Community Partners


United Against Opioid – 19

Conversations/Naloxone Training

System of Care & AmeriCorps Member