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The United Way of Franklin County has taken a new approach this year.  We are holding a series of community conversations throughout Franklin and Ripley Counties reaching diverse populations. We are listening deeply to understand both the community’s aspirations as well their challenges. Lives have changed since the pandemic.  Those changes have been harder on some more than others. Many challenges affect our neighbors every year, and our goal is to make the most of your hard-earned contributions. We will partner with agencies and funders addressing critical and emerging issues most important in today’s realities. 

People have been excited about these conversations. Many feel more hopeful and energized, knowing these important questions are being discussed. We have talked with educators and counselors, library staff and patrons, business owners, service clubs and foundations, from banks and tourism, young adults, and retirees, from small and larger towns, and more. We hope a new momentum will begin and engage even more community members. New people have stepped up already!

Every year the needs in our community increase. Can we count on you to partner with us to see real change for all our neighbors?

We have funded programs in both Franklin and Ripley Counties over the past year:

  • Created the Gas Relief Fund to raise money for the Southeast Indiana Economic Opportunity Corporation to distribute gas and grocery cards, so far at total of 94 $100 gas cards have been awarded

  • Awarded a total of $5,500 to Redlife Food Pantry to help support hundreds family’s food needs

  • Ensured young readers had quality books thanks to $3000 for Imagination Library.

  • Funded an anti-bullying program that was presented at all three Franklin County Elementary schools (make sure all 3)

  • Purchased and distributed over 200 coats for school aged kids in need of a warm winter coat throughout Franklin and Ripley County Schools

  • Fully funded the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at Franklin County Public Library

  • Received additional COVID relief grant from Lilly Endowment totaling $150,000 for both Franklin and Ripley Counties. The money was split among the two counties nonprofit network

  • Awarded $1,000 through the Live United Scholarship based on community service impact

  • Helped fund the mobile RV unit for the Southeast Indiana Health Clinic that visits Laurel and Brookville monthly providing free doctor care and resource connections to those who qualify

  • Fully funded the vision equipment needed at the Southeast Indiana Health Clinic to do vision screenings for adult and youth

  • Continued to support the programs and services of our partner agencies like Safe Passage, Franklin County 4-H, Stayin’ Alive, New Mercies, Batesville Area Resource Center, One Community One Family and more!

Our goal is to raise enough funds to bring quality programs and services aimed at eliminating poverty, improving education, and overall health in our communities.

Please mail your donation to PO Box 105 Brookville, IN 47012 or give securely online at

Thank you!

Tim Brack, Gloria Dixon, Brian Harpring, Molly Belmonte, Paige Blades, Mackenzie Frasher, Anne Amrhein, Julia Heidlage, Brenda Schwering, and Amy Schuck

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