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Honoring Bob Kizer

February 22, 2017  |  Guest Blog Post

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.

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United Way awards $950,000 in first-round grants for Great Families 2020

February 21, 2017  |  News Release

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.

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Emerging Leaders Member Spotlight: Jim Peterson

February 14, 2017  |  Admin

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.

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Diversity Leadership Circle Member Spotlight: Shermika Duerson

February 13, 2017  |  Admin

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.

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Women United Member Spotlight: Kirsten Casteel

February 08, 2017  |  Admin

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.

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A Sobering Moment

February 03, 2017  |  Health  |  Friday Success Story

After landing a new high-stakes sales job, Tom's life-of-the-party habits turned from social to excessive. “I had a lot of pressure in my life during this time and drinking was my way of hiding from that,” Tom said.

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Fighting for the Underdog: Arsenal Tech Principal Julie Bakehorn

February 01, 2017  |  Education  |  Megan Hagedorn

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.

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Important answers to key pre-K questions

January 30, 2017  |  Education  |  Ann D. Murtlow

United Way president and CEO, Ann Murtlow, answers important questions about pre-K.

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New United Way donor selected among 3,238 to win Super Bowl tickets

January 26, 2017  |  News Release

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.

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United Way Extends Deadline for IPS Life-Changing Educator Awards

January 24, 2017  |  Education  |  News Release

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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SOLD OUT - United Way's Red Carpet Gala - An Alice in Wonderland Themed Oscar Viewing party

United Way of Central Indiana is once again bringing the biggest night in Ho...

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On My Way Pre-K Pilot

Enjoy a happy hour as Connie Sherman shares insights and updates on the On M...

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