Celebrating 100 years of Hand Raisers and Game Changers

United Way of Central Indiana fights for the education, financial stability, health and basic needs of everyone in our community.

100 ways to get involved in our 100th anniversary year

  1. Volunteer to serve on a UWCI@100 committee
  2. Become a ReadUP tutor
  3. Join us September 8 for the BIG Kick Off with the Indianapolis Colts on Monument Circle
  4. Share information about 2-1-1 with someone in need
  5. Tell 100 people why you Give, Advocate and Volunteer
  6. At your United Way company kick off, have everyone stand in the shape of a One-Zero-Zero and take a bird’s eye view picture
  7. Ask ten friends to donate $10
  8. Wear your LIVE UNITED t-shirt while at the gym
  9. Volunteer 100 hours to an agency of your choice, and then share your story with us
  10. Snap a selfie, tag @uwci using the hashtag #uwci100 and tell us why you are a hand raiser or game changer in your community
  11. Donate $100 to United Way
  12. Do a service project with your coworkers at a United Way agency
  13. Co-brand a UWCI@100 foam hand with your company logo
  14. Send us #TBT photos of you or your company supporting United Way through the years
  15. Become a member of Emerging Leaders
  16. Volunteer as an agency evaluator
  17. Collect 100 jars of coins from your area elementary schools and donate to United Way
  18. Endow a gift
  19. Thank 100 other hand raisers and game changers
  20. Add United Way to your volunteer experience on your LinkedIN page
  21. Become an Indy Free Tax Prep volunteer
  22. Plant a garden and deliver the fresh food to a local United Way agency that serves individuals and families in our community
  23. Become a member of Women United
  24. Encourage a high school student to apply to Youth Leadership United
  25. Build a “tiny library” and donate it to a United Way agency
  26. Join the conversation and participate in Advocacy Day 2018
  27. Attend the Community Baby Shower on June 23
  28. Mentor a young person in your community
  29. Volunteer at an after-school program
  30. Donate blankets to a homeless shelter
  31. Thank your child’s teacher in support of United Way’s education initiative
  32. Become a member of Diversity Leadership Circle
  33. Host a poverty simulation at your workplace
  34. Attend the 2018 Red Carpet Gala
  35. Tour a Great Families 2020 recipient site
  36. Nominate a young leader in your organization and encourage them to attend a LINC or Emerging Leaders event
  37. Attend our 100th Anniversary Celebration in April 2018
  38. Donate to United Christmas Service
  39. Attend a non-profit training center class
  40. Donate $100 on the Community Baby Shower Online registry
  41. Find a compelling news article on uwci.org and share with your social network using #uwci100
  42. “Like” UWCI on Facebook, Instagram and follow us on Twitter
  43. Call your legislator and thank them for the pre-k expansion
  44. Remind your company Engagement Coordinator (EC) to attend UNITE 2017
  45. Download United Way of Central Indiana’s Community Impact Report to read over your morning coffee
  46. Donate to the Winter Assistance Fund
  47. Have a backyard or neighborhood dance party with families on your street to promote a fun, healthy lifestyle for kids of all ages
  48. Give a high-five to anyone wearing a LIVE UNITED t-shirt
  49. Share the first time you became involved with United Way on uwci.org
  50. Donate 100 diapers for United Way’s Community Baby Shower
  51. Run the Mini-Marathon or other race in your LIVE UNITED t-shirt
  52. Get your friends and family to sponsor you on a 100 mile walk or bike ride
  53. Nominate a community hero for our upcoming 100 Heroes promotion
  54. Encourage a friend or peer to apply for Leadership United
  55. Donate an item to the Red Carpet Gala silent auction
  56. Ask your company to be a sponsor of an affinity group event
  57. Add United Way to your Will
  58. Do 100 jumping jacks for 100 days
  59. Invite us to speak with your company leadership about how we can partner together
  60. Start a workplace wellness committee at your office
  61. Attend Global Youth Service Day 2018 with your family
  62. Become a member of LINC
  63. Clean up a vacant lot or park in a struggling neighborhood with a group of friends
  64. Coordinate a book drive and donate 100 books to ReadUP
  65. Donate your gently used professional attire to an agency supporting individuals getting back into the workforce
  66. Show your support by putting United Way signage in your office window
  67. Organize a hygiene kit build for our area homeless and homeless youth
  68. Post a photo in your LIVE UNITED t-shirt and pledge to donate $1 to United Way for every “like” you receive
  69. Compliment a stranger every day for 100 days
  70. Participate in Indy Do Day
  71. Instead of a birthday dinner, plan a volunteer event with your friends and family
  72. Assemble care kits for our veterans at partner agency, HVAF, and drop them off on Veteran’s Day
  73. Share our YouTube videos on your social media and tag #uwci100
  74. Rake leaves, shovel snow, clean gutters or wash windows for a senior citizen in your community
  75. Serve on a nonprofit board or committee
  76. Take a meal to an elderly person in your neighborhood
  77. Nominate your company’s CEO for United Way’s Exceptional Executive Award
  78. Tell us about how you have a new solution to an old problem in our community
  79. Share healthy eating strategies from our partners at JumpIN with your local elementary school
  80. Tour of one of our 87 United Way agencies
  81. Offer to teach a financial literacy class at a Center for Working Families site
  82. Coordinate a “Day of Caring” at your workplace
  83. Find a volunteer opportunity through VolunteerCentralIndiana.org
  84. Donate your gently used furniture to a homeless shelter or transitional housing center
  85. Watch our Available Job Openings site at uwci.org/careers and join the United Way team
  86. During March Madness, turn your work bracket into a fundraiser for United Way with 50% of the proceeds going to support our programs
  87. Join the conversation online about Mental Health Awareness and Mental Health Courts
  88. Visit United Way’s new office at 2955 N. Meridian
  89. Tell us why you fight for neighbors in Central Indiana
  90. Take the Make Your Moment Quiz
  91. Watch the 2018 Simulcast on September 5th and share your favorite story on social media
  92. Volunteer at Backpack United in Morgan, Boone, Hamilton and Hendricks Counties
  93. Stay up-to-date about Great Families 2020 by visiting the Great Families website
  94. Make philanthropy a family affair and encourage your children to contribute a portion of their allowance to United Way
  95. Ask someone in each department of your office to lead a healthy food drive and work with United Way to stock local food pantries
  96. Participate in Giving Tuesday and share why you’re donating to United Way
  97. Apply for your business to be a “Company that Cares
  98. Share retro photos from your company’s first United Way Campaign
  99. Identify the person at your organization who has given, advocated or volunteered with United Way for the longest time
  100. Share this list with 100 people!
2017 Annual Meeting

United Way of Central Indiana kicks off 100th anniversary celebration

United Way of Central Indiana launched its 100th anniversary celebration at its annual meeting at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. The meeting recapped a year of community impact, strategic partnerships and new initiatives in front of a crowd of almost 900 enthusiastic supporters.

“This year, United Way of Central Indiana led an intentional effort to create a community where all children are prepared to succeed in school, all families are financially stable and all in our community are leading safe and healthy lives,” said Ann D. Murtlow, president and CEO of United Way. “We are pleased with our progress, and thanks to a strong network of individuals, companies, foundations and strategic partners, we are uniquely positioned for even greater impact for years to come.”

Murtlow and board chair Connie Bond Stuart reviewed highlights of United Way’s year of impact, which include:

  • The expansion of Indiana’s pre-k program, giving thousands more children from low-income families access to the quality pre-k programs they deserve
  • The successful launch of Great Families 2020, which will invest more than $20 million dollars in early childhood and financial stability agencies focused in five neighborhoods in Indianapolis
  • The strengthening of United Way’s longstanding relationship with One America, resulting in a new partnership agreement designed to drive measurable change in our city
  • The largest individual gift in United Way’s history, $5 million, made by Sarah and John Lechleiter

“It’s truly been a landmark year for United Way of Central Indiana,” said Bond Stuart. “Between the pre-k expansion, Great Families 2020 and the generous gift from Sarah and John Lechleiter, there is so much to celebrate, and so many people who have been and will continue to be impacted.” Bond Stuart is regional president of PNC Bank for central and southern Indiana. PNC, amongst other businesses in the region, have supported the far-reaching efforts of United Way, not only with financial donations, but extending impact with volunteerism.

United Way recognized the individuals, volunteers and companies that made a significant impact on the community. Four companies earned the top prize – the Spirit United award – for exceptional volunteer and financial support of United Way. Spirit United is the most prestigious company award. It celebrates companies that have consistently supported and generously donated to United Way of Central Indiana. A Spirit United award winner knows it takes more than giving to improve our community, it takes volunteering and advocating too! The 2016 Spirit United Award Winners are:  Cummins, Inc., Deloitte LLP, KAR Auction Services and Gregory & Appel Insurance.

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