United Christmas Service

Give  |  Marion

Making the season a little brighter

Since the beginning of our United Christmas Service program in 1952, United Way of Central Indiana has made an effort to assist families in need during the holiday season.

In 2012, more than 25,500 people received food, clothing and toys thanks to your generosity.

Donate to United Christmas Service

How it works:

Caseworkers from our partner organizations refer to UCS qualified families who are currently engaged in their agency's services. Then, we verify these referrals to help prevent duplication of services, allowing us to help the maximum number of people.

How you can help:

Volunteer: Adopt a family in the donor program. Families in greatest need are referred to the Donor Program. They are matched with Donor Groups, who provide food, clothing and/or toys. Families must be adopted by Wednesday, December 18, 2013.

Give: Donate to the Direct Assistance Program. Through your donations, families in need of limited assistance during the holidays are referred to the Direct Assistance Program. Each family receives a restricted voucher that can be used for food, clothing and/or toys based on the number of people in the family. Applicants are subject to a thorough review process.

‘Tis the season of giving, help make it a brighter season for those in need!


Family referrals:

In order to be considered for assistance through United Christmas Service, you must be referred to the program through a partner organization, where you are currently engaged in servicesThe family referral deadline was November 27, 2013. United Christmas Service only assists people living in Marion, Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, and Morgan counties.

If you live in any other county and are seeking help, please contact your local 2-1-1 or local United Way to browse available holiday programs and assistance. Also, United Christmas Service vouchers only provide food, clothing, and/or toys. The program does not help with rental assistance, utility bill payments, or with locating housing. For these issues, please contact 2-1-1 or 317.926.4357.

2013 Deadlines:

Family referral: November 27, 2013
Adopt a family: December 18, 2013