UWCI News and Stories
On Monday, Feb. 20, United Way of Central Indiana was saddened to learn of the passing of Bob Kizer, president and CEO of Starfish Initiative (a United Way partner agency). We would like to honor Bob and his commitment to our community by publishing a recent story he shared with us a few weeks ago, before he lost his battle with cancer. Bob was an inspired leader, a beloved mentor, and a true United Way Success Story.
United Way of Central Indiana announced today the first grant recipients for Great Families 2020, the initiative to transform the lives of Indianapolis’ most vulnerable families. At a special ceremony at Brookside Park on the city’s east side, United Way awarded four organizations a total of $950,000 in grants to improve family stability by serving parents and their children together.
Jim Peterson spent most of his youth volunteering in his community. But after moving to Indianapolis and starting a new job with Eli Lilly and Company, like many young professionals, he began focusing more on career and less on giving back. Soon, he noticed the gap that was leaving in his life. So, he started looking for ways to get re-involved.
Diversity Leadership Chair, Shermika Duerson's, history with United Way began before she even knew it. Growing up to a United Way recipient, she made a promise to herself early on that she would do everything she could to help others who were experiencing her same situation.
Kirsten Casteel, global philanthropy consultant at Eli Lilly and Company and our Women United chair, was first attracted to Women United by the idea of like-minded women coming together to take on big community issues. To her, nothing sounded more empowering. But Kirsten's passion for giving back started long before that.
As Julie Bakehorn, IPS Arsenal Tech principal, sat at last year’s United Way Hubbard Life-Changing Educator Awards reception, her 11-year-old grandson held her hand. Both excited and nervous, they watched as outstanding IPS educators, including Julie, were awarded and videos of their inspiring stories played on the big screen.
When Conn Zickmund made his first donation to United Way of Central Indiana in 2016, he never thought it would land him the opportunity of a lifetime to go to the Super Bowl with all expenses covered by the Indianapolis Colts.
United Way of Central Indiana has extended the submission deadline for the Hubbard Life-Changing Educator Awards to Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. Any teacher or principal from the Indianapolis Public School (IPS) system is eligible to win. Three teachers and one principal will be awarded $25,000 each, and up to six finalists will be awarded $1,000 each at a special ceremony in the spring.
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