Our Work


Our Work: What Does Metro United Way Do?

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Metro United Way is working toward advancing the common good in our community and creating lasting change by focusing on the building blocks of a good quality of life - education, financial stability and health. We believe that we all have a stake in making sure that today’s children grow up to be productive citizens who give back to the community. And the best thing we can do to get them off to the right start is to focus on education – which will help us to have a strong and productive community, to develop a skilled workforce, to compete in the global economy, to curb criminal behavior, and so on, to truly make a difference in the lives of all.

We know that the measure of Metro United Way is ultimately found in the ways we are impacting the quality of life for all of us – mobilizing the caring power of our community to support our education initiatives as well as the agencies that provide services to strengthen individuals and families. Metro United Way’s Community Aspirations are:

Read about Kindergarten Readiness

  • All youth will complete high school on time prepared for college, work and life

Read about Out-Of-School Time

  • Parents and caregivers will have the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to maintain
    family stability and help their children succeed

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  • We will sustain a network of services that address basic and core needs

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And we are proud of the progress we are making in reaching our community goals. In the past year, Metro United Way mobilized and connected the caring power of our community, getting commitments in time, money and expertise, to achieve work in each of our focus areas:

  • Our Excellence Academy is strengthening the skills of 96 early childhood teachers in 5 child care centers, helping to ensure that over 400 of our youngest children will arrive at kindergarten ready to learn and succeed in school and life.
  • The Out-of-School Time Coordinating Council charter established our partnership with Jefferson County Public Schools and Metro Government; over 33,000 youth now participate in quality Out-of-School time programs.
  • Approximately 12,000 families benefited from tax assistance services and other resources to become more financially stable.
  • Almost 11,600 volunteers have been deployed to help with the tornado recovery efforts in southern Indiana.

We know that Metro United Way’s goals are ambitious, and we need you to be a part of the change. There are so many ways people are working through Metro United Way to get things done in our community. You can give, you can advocate and you can volunteer. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED.