UW Celebrates Volunteers and Looks Toward More Community Impact

United Way Celebrates Volunteers and Looks Toward More Community Impact at the 2020 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon

January 22, 2020

Lafayette, IN- Community leaders joined United Way staff and volunteers to meet together for lunch and celebration. As excitement gathers for 2020, everyone first took time to reflect on the outstanding 2019 contributions to the Cradle to Career Commitment including:

  • 359 businesses and organizations inspired nearly 8,500 individuals to contribute over $5.2 million to fulfill the Cradle to Career Commitment
  • 239 children attended Kindergarten Countdown Camp
  • 564 volunteers gave 1 hour a week to boost 3rd grade reading levels through Read to Succeed
  • Over 1,500 households received free tax preparations through the VITA program
  • 95 organizations joined forces to form the Resiliency and Recovery Network. Together they leveraged $6.3 million to address mental health and substance use
  • More than 2,000 community members volunteered their time to execute in-house programming or serve on United Way committees 



United Way provided grants to projects in Greater Lafayette such as:


We Bloom - Recovery Cafe

  • The Recovery Cafe model is a peer-led, peer-run program rooted in the empowerment of individuals in recovery to move from surviving to thriving. It serves those recovering from trauma, mental illness, addiction and homelessness, and invites healing through human connection


Valley Oaks - Leveling Up

  • The Leveling Up program will provide additional support in daily living skills and substance use prevention to improve the likelihood that students stay in school and improve their overall lifestyle to support high school graduation and healthy coping skills


TSC - SOAR Middle School Alternative

  • The SOAR program provides an educational alternative for expelled middle school students to increase the likelihood that they will remain in school and successfully reintegrate into the community. SOAR staff members will implement social and emotional curriculum to promote positive behaviors to enhance education achievements, life skills, self-esteem and respect for others.


United Way also provided additional funding through the RFP Process for:


Willowstone - Active Parenting

  • Active Parenting is an evidence-based prevention curriculum that is a six-week video and discussion workshop for parents of all age groups, and currently facilitated by an experienced, licensed therapist. The program will help parents better understand their role in child development at any age, relate to and protect their children from ACEs to allow the growth of stable brain architecture for an improved future as teens and adults.


YWCA - Substance Treatment Support

  • Substance abuse occurs in 40-60% of domestic violence incidents. In order to reduce barriers and increase likelihood of success the program will promote access to treatment options for clients with income restrictions.


MHA - Let’s Talk

  • “Let’s Talk” will reduce this mental health treatment gap by providing regularly scheduled opportunities for individuals to participate in one-to-one sessions with trained lay mental health workers.


Awards Include:


2019 Best Overall Campaign

  • MBAH (1-100 Employees)
  • Bob Rohrman (101-499 employees)
  • Caterpillar (500+)


2019 Community Impact Award

  • Resilience & Recovery Network


2019 President Award

  • Patrick Nycz


2019 Volunteer of the Year Award

  • Jessica Rebmann


Visit here to see all campaign awards winners as well as the award criteria.


During the Annual Meeting portion of the afternoon retiring board members John Rivera, Bill Olds, Dick Giromini, and Perry Schnarr were honored for their service. Tommy Sors of Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology, and Infectious Disease will serve as the new Board President, and Matt Metzger of MBAH Insurance will serve as the Campaign Chair for 2020.

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