2021 ANNUAL REPORT
Dear Friends, Looking back on 2021, we saw the continued impact of the pandemic. Social distancing and restrictions led to feelings of isolation and mental health concerns across our community, from elementary students to senior citizens. The pandemic also led to an increase in the number of families battling hunger, unemployment, homelessness, and lack of health care insurance. Local businesses also felt the impact, from staffing shortages to supply chain issues. However, at the end of the day, the people across Miami County chose to be resilient, pulling together in the face of adversity to help each other and work towards a better tomorrow. This fact was reflected in the generosity of 642 of donors who contributed $179,804 to help us exceed our 2021 United Way of Miami County campaign goal. These funds will help us continue to support those in need within our county through programs that focus on financial stability, income, and health. In 2021, we battled food insecurity, homelessness, domestic abuse, addiction, mental health and community safety by supporting seven local agencies and 14 key initiatives with $287,139 in grant disbursements. As a result, our United Way assisted 33,831 community members. Our small organization made a mighty impact. I begin my second term as president with a heart full of gratitude for the support received in 2021 from donors, volunteers and our dedicated board of directors. I’m inspired by all that we were able to accomplish in 2021, and I’m enthusiastic to continue our organization’s local impact into 2022. Together we build a stronger community, Morgan Gold Morgan Gold President, United Way Board of Directors
FOOD SECURITY WEEKEND MEAL DEAL BACKPACKS
Nutritious Meals Distributed
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FOOD SECURITY MOBILE FOOD DRIVES
75,000 Pounds Food
2,512 Adults 1,767 Children 1,577 Seniors
HOMELESSNESS After reconnecting with his former partner, Dave came to rely on drugs to cope with all the pain and uncertainty. After living in his car for several months, Dave discovered the United Way. We provided the couple with survival backpacks and transportation to a shelter. “My social worker at the shelter is the best,” Dave shared. “She’s been so supportive and listened to me without judging me for my choices ”
105 Distributed in Miami County in 2021
Hoosiers Were Homeless in 2021
HOMELESSNESS AL ALICE
“Housing is a human right.”
EDUCATION After turning five years old, Sara was sad to learn that she would no longer receiver her monthly book from Imagination Library. However,
disappointment into action by sharing her love of reading with other children. Sara collected money for her birthday and raised enough money to give one child Imagination Library books for an entire year!
IMPACT “Reading inspires us to dream.”
5,712 Books Distributed
476 Miami County Children Enrolled
HEALTH & SAFETY Working with ShipHappens, we installed three sharps kiosks in our community. In
addition to improving community safety, the kiosks serve to decrease the stigma for syringe-using residents and reduce accidental pricks by street department personnel, HCV-HIV transmission, and the criminalization of the syringe.
100% Decrease in accidental needle pricks by street department personnel
1,124 Pounds of Sharps Safely Collected
29.4% Reduction in police reports of improper disposal
HEALTH & SAFETY
The United Way worked with the Miami County Work Collaborative Committee to create a Safe Exchange Zone for custodial parents and internet purchases.
SERVICES In 2021, our services touched the lives of thousands of people in Miami County. In addition to the programs outlined on the prior pages, we funded the following services: • rent, utility and childcare assistance • rural internet access for students • mental health services • diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives • one year of maintenance for the Y transit vans • college scholarships
FINANCIALS The United Way of Miami County maintains transparency in our financial records, and we continue to be favorably audited each year. The Miami County Finance Committee monitors United Way Standards of Excellence for United Way of Miami County operations and current nonprofit standards. Agencies Supported by United Way American Red Cross Area Five Family Services Association – Domestic Violence Mental Health America
Miami County Imagination Library ShipHappens Salvation Army Weekend Meal Deal YMCA Y Transit
T Fundraising Costs Administrative 9% Costs 10%
BUDGET Impact 81%
LEADERSHIP Executive Director
Board of Trustees President
Morgan Gold, Wabash Valley Abstract Co.
Jeff Altmiller, Crossroads Bank Kenny Hanson, North Miami School Corp. Billie Hull-Cochran, First Merchants Bank Sam Watkins, Peru School Corp.
Marcia Minard, Peru School Corp. (retired) Diana Mullett, Heraeus Electro Nite
Bob Jones, Edward Jones Bob Kling, Farmer/Kling Insurance
Jamey Callane, Maconaquah School Corp. Jade Cox, Chief Home Manager Melissa Hicks, Mosaic Marketing Sarah Hudson, Schneider Electric (retired) Bryan Maggart, Minister/Blair Pointe
Donna Maggart, retired
Kara Baker, PHS
Romison St. Louis, Peru High School
Kendra Donaldson, NMHS
Nate Scheblo, INDOT
Annie Isenberg, MHS
Bill Tabler, Maconaquah Corporate IT
Madelyn Lorenz, MHS
Abby Ward, Logansport Savings Bank
Madelyn Rogers, PHS Trevor Simmons, NMHS Cate Wolfe, PHS
2022 EVENTS In 2022, the United Way will celebrate 65 years of impact in Miami County! We invite everyone in the community to participate in sapphire anniversary events.
February 25-April 30
65 Days of Caring
Sapphire Gala 65th Anniversary Celebration
Duck Race on the Wabash
Make a Difference Day
November 12December 4
Festival of Trees & Gingerbread Village
United Way of Miami County 13 E. Main Street Peru, IN 46970 Visit: www.uwmiamip.org Call: 765. 473.4240
THANK YOU As the pandemic continues, more people in Miami County need assistance than ever before. Residents and businesses rose to the occasion by helping us achieve our 2021 fundraising goal which supports vital community services. We deeply appreciate your generosity.
pounds of food were distributed to 5,856 people via food mobile drives
nutritious meals were distributed to children via the Weekend Meal Deal backpacks
pounds of sharps safely collected via three Prevent Pricks Programs
• Rent, utility and childcare assistance • Mental health services • Diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives • Handicap ramps
children received monthly Imagination Library books
survival backpacks distributed to homeless
• One year of maintenance for the Y transit vans • Safe Exchange Zone established • College scholarships
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO DONATE
65 Days of Caring From February 25 through April 30, celebrate United Way’s lasting legacy in Miami County with 65 days of random acts of kindness. To volunteer, donate or get ideas for random acts of kindness, visit uwmiamip.org.