Wake Up! with United Way 2019
Wake Up! with United Way is a monthly speaker series featuring breakfast, networking, and an enlightening presentation and discussion of timely topics. Alongside friends, neighbors, nonprofits and community partners, learn more about issues that directly or indirectly affect everyone in our area. Attendees will have the opportunity to deepen their awareness about someone else’s reality while learning about the challenges, innovations, collaborations and resources available through area nonprofits, and how to get more involved in making a difference.
Wake Up! with United Way 2019 season was a collaborative project of United Way of Monroe County and Indiana University's Political and Civic Engagement Program with support from Old National Bank.
Interested in sponsoring Wake Up! With United Way? Opportunities for series sponsorship are available now. Please contact Sherrie Shuler at Sherrie@monroeunitedway.org or 812-334-8370 x13 today!
2019 Season Topics:
On November 14, Nancy Richman, Executive Director of Volunteers in Medicine (VIM), announced to the Wake Up! with United Way crowd that VIM will be transitioning to a Federally Qualified Health Center through a partnership with the Indianapolis-based nonprofit HealthNet, and financial support from a Health and Resource Services Administration grant. Richman explained the many changes that come with this transition and how they will both alter and expand the way VIM's mission can reach our community. Read more >>
On October 10, the topic "The Work Ahead: United Way's Advocacy Agenda 2020" was explored. Kathryn Habecker, impact and advocacy manager of Indiana United Ways shared with us ways to be a good advocate, tools to fuel our advocacy, and information about Indiana United Ways' advocacy and policy priorities for 2020. Read more >>
On September 12, the topic "Homelessness: Unpacking the point in time count was explored. Is homelessness on the rise locally? Nationally? How do we know what the trends are, and who makes up this population? The Rev. Forrest Gilmore, Executive Director of Shalom Community Center, took us through the data, as well as the volunteer-intensive process for gathering it each year. Read more >>
On August 8, the topic, "Autism Spectrum Disorder: What to Know” was explored by Jim Wiltz, PhD HSPP, a licensed psychologist with 25 years experience working with people who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). He is the director of Milestones, the clinical division of Stone Belt, that specializes in the support of people with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Read More >>
On July 11th, panelists Jeff Baldwin, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington; Kaitlin King, LCSW, Senior Clinical Therapist at Catholic Charities Bloomington; Jerry M. Jesseph, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Professor with the IU School of Medicine; and Jacek Kolacz, Ph.D., Assistant Research Scientist with The Traumatic Stress Research Consortium (TSRC) Kinsey Institute Indiana University explored the topic of "Unteachable and Difficult - Understanding Childhood Trauma.” Read more >>
On June 13th, coffee and scones were the perfect pairing with the third monthly Wake Up! With United Way breakfast panel. More than 30 attendees got up bright and early on Thursday, June 13th to participate in a discussion about “Disability and Inclusivity in the Workplace." Panelists included Brandi Hamilton, Director of Community Services for LifeDesigns; Randy Paul, a longtime local community organizer and activist; and Angie Vandersteen, Business Development Manager with Indianapolis-based disability partner, Tangram Business Resourcing. Read more >>
On May 9th, community members were up bright and early to learn more about the topic “Evicted! Poverty, Policy, and the Law” during the second monthly “Wake Up! with United Way” breakfast panel. The crowd of more than 40 attendees gathered at The Mill to hear from panelists Marcy Wenzler from the Housing Law Center at Indiana Legal Services, Sarah Boomsma from the Bloomington Housing Authority, and Sandi Clothier, from Monroe County United Ministries. Read more >>
On April 11th the topic "Homelessness in Bloomington” was examined by the Rev. Forrest Gilmore of Shalom Community Center, Emily Pike of New Hope for Families, and a member of the community personally impacted by homelessness. Read more >>