"Let's build a better normal"

"Let's build a better normal"
An update from Executive Directior Efrat Feferman

Executive Director Efrat Feferman provides an update on how your support of United Way of Monroe County continues to lift up our community in this time of need.

Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about getting back to normal, rebuilding, and what that will look and feel like. As we’ve thought about rebuilding, we dream of creating a new normal, a better normal. United Way has long championed every person’s right to be treated with dignity and respect and to live a life of hope and opportunity. And the events over the past several weeks further reinforce that we cannot go back to the old normal, since that wasn't working for everyone. We have a long road ahead to establish justice for all.

And yet, the work of relief and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues here at home, as it must. Thousands of lives in Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties have been disrupted. For those who were facing challenges before the pandemic, those challenges have multiplied many times over; and so for these families, the struggle to meet basic daily needs is even more difficult.

As a member of the Indiana United Ways, we appreciate their statement below and wholeheartedly join in a call to action to stand shoulder to shoulder fighting for equity and equal access to justice..



COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Phase 3 to open

Phase 3 of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund will open on Tuesday, June 16 and close Monday, June 22. Non-profit organizations serving Monroe County are encouraged to apply for funding.

This phase of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund turns to rebuilding our community and charting a course toward a new normal, in which every person has equal access to opportunities. Grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations negatively impacted by the pandemic, as they rebuild, with a focus on developing resilient individuals, resilient community, and a resilient safety net.

To be alerted when the application process opens, fill out this Grant Interest Form.

Our deep thanks to supporters of this fund, including Bloomington Elks Lodge #446, Bloomington Health Foundation, Bloomington Sunrise Rotary, Bloomington Township, Blueline, Boston Scientific, Buskirk-Chumley Theater, City of Bloomington, Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, Cook Medical, Duke Energy, Etch Clothing Co., First Financial Bank, First United Church, First United Methodist Church, Hoosier Energy, Indiana United Ways, IU Credit Union, IU Credit Union Volunteer Board of Directors, Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, Lilly Endowment, Inc., Monroe County Government, Old National Bank, Owen County State Bank, Perry Township, Private Individuals, Renaissance Rentals, Smithville Charitable Foundation, Susan Yeley Homes, Tim Ellis Realtors, Truist Foundation, United Way of Monroe County, United Way Worldwide, and Van Buren Township.


United Way of Monroe County is a nonprofit organization that improves people’s lives by addressing critical needs today and working to reduce those needs tomorrow. Through its Community Action Fund and grant initiatives, United Way works with 24 member agencies and community partners to ensure families have opportunities and everyone can meet basic living needs.