United Christmas Service

Basic Needs  Give  Volunteer | Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion, Morgan

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 2014, more than 17,100 people received food, clothing and toys thanks to your generosity.

Added bonus: Support a family this holiday season and your gift may be matched dollar-for-dollar, thanks to a generous gift from Lilly Endowment, Inc.

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:

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.

Volunteer: United Christmas Service is no longer accepting new applications for family sponsors. The Central Indiana community has been so generous this year, that all our family sponsor households have been taken care of for the holiday. You can still support a family for the holidays by giving to our Direct Assistance program.

‘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 services. The family referral deadline is November 25, 2015. 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.

2015 Deadlines:

Family referral: November 25, 2015
Sponsor a family: December 18, 2015