Community Impact

BASIC NEEDS FUND DETAILS

THE BACKGROUND

Serving our Miami County's basic needs is at the heart of United Way’s work. Our work began more than 63 years ago, organizing support for hungry, sick, disabled, and vulnerable to crisis.

OUR COMMITMENT

United Way is committed to increasing the connectivity of organizations for individuals seeking basic needs support and will maintain efforts to inform and support public policy priorities in this area.

WHAT WE'RE DOING

The Basic Needs Fund will support individuals who need access to shelter and advocacy, mental health awareness and services, direct emergency assistance, feed needs of hungry children, transportation, and other basic needs’ supports.

BASIC NEED - DIRECT ASSISTANCE

United Way of Miami County identifies the most critical needs and invests in initiatives that significantly impact. The 2020 campaign payable 2021 Funded Partner Agencies are part of the United Way

Community Impact. These partner agencies meet strict standards for operation, governance, finance, inclusiveness, and more. The organizations are reviewed annually through a Standards Process led by staff and trained volunteers.                                                         

Potential and current partner agencies are eligible to apply for funding from United Way of Miami County. Our next opportunity for applying is by November 2020. Funded services must address issues in four impact areas: Education, Food Insecurity, Financial Stability, and Mental Health.

American Red Cross
219-384-0926
Emergency: 888-684-1441 Emergency 
Director: Kristin Marlow Kellem
Website: www.redcross.org

Family Service Association, DV
765-868-3154 DVS
Director: Alika Altmiller, DVS
765-457-9313 FSA
Director: Tracy Martino, FSA
Website: www.fsahc.org

Imagination Library
765-473-4240
Chair: Debi Wallick
Website: www.uwmiamip.org

Mental Health America
765-459-0309
Director: Jill McKibben
Website: www.mhanci.org

St. Vincent DePaul
765-472-1855
Director: Sara Welke
Email: Sara_Welke@yahoo.com

The Salvation Army
765-473-5498
Contact: Angie Quinn
Director: Major Gerald Smelser
Facebook: www.facebook.com/perucorps

Weekend Meal Deal
765-473-4240
Contact: Debi Wallick
Coordinators: Anna Jo McKaig & Susan Jordan
Website: www. uwmiamip.org

YMCA & YMCA Transit
765-472-1979
Director: Mark Demchak YMCA
765-472-1979
Director: Stacy McBride YMCA Transit
Website: www.mcymca.org

DONATIONS TO THE PROGRAM/INITIATIVE FUND WILL SPARK NEW IDEAS AND FUND INITIATIVES THAT LEAD TO COMMUNITY-WIDE SOLUTIONS

THE SITUATION

Miami County's community-based organizations work tirelessly to support our most vulnerable neighbors. With the day-to-day intensity of serving those in poverty, little time and resources are left to test innovative approaches that could expand services to more people in need. Barriers to employment such as lack of job skills, family care responsibilities, and lack of reliable transportation need to be addressed in innovative ways to achieve long-term, successful outcomes.

THE PLAN

The human services sector is ripe for innovation. While great work is being done on the ground to serve families and individuals in need, poverty is a systemic problem that will not be solved with one magic bullet—policymakers, academics, businesses, and social service agencies need to work together to address long-term systemic change and do it with innovative ideas and solutions.

THE SUPPORT

Today’s millennial generation of donors is more interested in solving problems to which they have a personal connection and using technology to affect directly. Specifically, in the tech sector, there is growing interest in connecting these natural innovators to the problems that plague our community so that new, innovative solutions can be revealed—and scaled for the greater good of the community.

Education

  • Paths to Quality
  • High School & Preschool Scholarships

​Financial Stability

  • Education Awareness
  • Food Mobile Drives
  • Work Ready Job Skills
  • Financial Sustainability - Budgeting

​Mental Health

  • Stigma awareness against substance abuse disorder
  • Stigma awareness against mental illness

​TOGETHER WE'RE GREATER THAN ANY CHALLENGE

Community Solutions

United Way of Miami County fights for community solutions improving underlying community conditions and specific place-based initiatives to assist in areas of concentrated disadvantage.

Impact Initiatives

Align a set of programs and services to increase efficiency and effectiveness

Program Solution

Direct services for individuals and families with measurable results

  • Sustain basic needs - direct assistance
  • Support community-wide - solutions
  • Give donors volunteer opportunities

DONOR ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • CAMPAIGN CABINET
  • DAY OF CARING
  • MOBILE FOOD DRIVES
  • INTER-AGENCY FAIR
  • SCHOLASTIC LIBRARY FAIR
  • SENIOR EXPO
  • SPECIAL EVENTS
  • STAMP OUT HUNGER
  • UNITED WAY BOARD OF DIRECTORS
  • UNITED WAY  KICK-OFF
  • WEEKEND MEAL DEAL - BUDDY BAGS

CHANGE DOESN'T HAPPEN ALONE. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!