Before there was a United Way of Franklin county, there was a council of citizens concerned that community needs were not being met. In 1990 the council completed the process of becoming the United Way of Franklin County (UWFC). This year UWFC celebrates thirty years of providing funding to quality programs that work to improve individual lives in our community.
Earlier this year, United Way was proud to bring Rural Works to Franklin County. The primary goal of this program is to eliminate poverty. The program targets unemployed and underemployed individuals to overcome barriers to stable, long-term employment.
Then life as we knew it forever changed as the pandemic hit. Our vision for the 2020 campaign became clear; help our community’s vulnerable individuals and families not only get through the challenge of today, but start imagining, planning, and rebuilding for life after things go back to “normal”.
Doing what we do best, UWFC assessed the needs and created the COVID-19 Relief Fund and quickly raised nearly $30,000. This fund works to offer help to individuals and agencies directly impacted by the virus. Through this fund, we were able to help local schools as they prepared for re-opening and assisted food pantries with increased food demand. We created the COVID-19 relief fund through the SIEOC where individuals affected by the virus can get assistance with basic needs like food, rent and utilities. The work is not done. There may be long term effects with all these changes and the United Way of Franklin County will be there to step in and help where needed.
Our 2020 campaign theme is Reimagine a Better Normal. Why a better normal? Normal is not working; a third of our households are struggling to afford the basics like rent/utilities, childcare, insurance, and food. We believe a better way of living for the entire community is within reach. While we work hard together to restore our community during this pandemic, we are also looking to the future. As we to try to imagine and accept the new normal, we challenge you to join us in pushing past the “new” and reimagining a BETTER normal.
Help us raise an additional $10,000 for our community with a matching grant through Indiana United Way. Any new giving will be matched dollar for dollar. Existing donors can increase their gift by at least $25 and the increase will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000.
Thank you for your consideration and willingness to partner with United Way of Franklin County. Together we can create a better normal for us all.
United Way of Franklin County Board of Directors