For many children, moving into a bed of their own is a mark of maturity. After years of sleeping in a crib or sharing a room with their parents, they suddenly have their own cozy space for restful sleeping, daydreaming, reading, doing their homework when they are older, or just enjoying some quiet alone time. Even in a shared room, one’s own bed is an important asset. But not all children – especially those living in poverty – have that luxury. We partner with Southern Indiana schools in hopes of providing bed frames, mattresses, sheets, blankets, pillows, and laundry bags to children that need them. We know that a good night’s sleep is important to a child’s academic success. Adverse effects caused by lack of sleep can include aggressive behavior and bullying, poor grades, short attention span, and disruptions in cognitive and linguistic function. Something as simple as providing children with their own place to rest, however, can improve overall performance in school. Getting enough sleep can support more creativity, enhance mood, fight sickness, and positively impact overall health.

Thank You, Volunteers and Sponsors!

2024 Build-a-Bed

Our 7th annual Build-a-Bed event was hosted at Prosser Career & Education Center on Saturday, February 10. This event hosted more than 150 volunteers and the build efforts from this year produced 203 beds. 203 family support kits that included a laundry bag, bedding, and hygiene items were also provided. Bed recipients are selected by our public school systems in Clark, Floyd, and Harrison counties. Since the conception of this program in 2017, Metro United Way has met bed needs for approximately 950 students.

2024 Build-a-Bed Sponsors:

Partner Schools

Charlestown Elementary Charlestown Middle School Clarksville Elementary Corydon Elementary
Fairmont Elementary Floyds Knobs Elementary Frankin Square Elementary Georgetown Elementary
Grant Line Elementary Green Valley Elementary Greenville Elementary Havelwood Middle School
Heith-Washingtonn Elementary Highland Hills Middle School Jonathan Jennings Elementary Morgan Elementary
Mt. Tabor Elementary School N. Harrison Elementary New Middletown Elementary New Washington Elementary, Middle and High Schools
Northaven Elementary Parkview Middle School Parkwood Elementary Prosser Career Education Center
River Valley Middle School S. Central Elementary S. Ellen Jones Elementary Scribner Middle School
Slate Run Elementary Thomas Jefferson Elementary Utica Elementary Wilson Elementary

In The News

  • Southern Indiana volunteers build more than 200 beds for local students


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  • Metro United Way builds beds for kids


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  • Metro United Way, Prosser build beds for kids in southern Indiana


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  • 150 volunteers help put together over 200 beds for those in need in southern Indiana


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