United Way’s annual meeting set for Monday


Tribune Staff Reports

A report about the 2018-19 Jackson County United Way annual campaign that supports 20 community partners and their work will be given during the organization’s annual meeting.

That’s set for 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Knights of Columbus, 117 E. Second St., Seymour.

The organization, which works for the health, education and financial stability of all, is in the last weeks of the campaign and has processed $780,624 toward the goal of $836,000.

There is still time to give and to help reach the goal to serve more residents in need, Executive Director Tonja Couch said.

Campaign co-chairman Dr. David Hartung said all campaign divisions have reported strong numbers, which will help the United Way continue to fund each community partner’s work and expand that work to address emerging community challenges.

“We are, however, still a little short of goal,” he said.

United Way accomplishes its work through partnerships and collaborations to help ensure impactful programming that creates measurable, lasting change, Couch said in a news release.

There is a great incentive to give to the United Way this year, she said.

One of the ways Indiana United Ways has helped local communities and United Ways thrive is by offering a matching grant opportunity every couple of years through the support of Lilly Endowment.

“This year, we are a recipient of a new grant that can bring in $126,098 if we can claim a match,” said Sean Hildreth, the organization’s resource development director. “Our plan outlines numerous strategies, including gifts from new donors of $100. When you can give $2 a week and have it doubled, it is a great reason to get involved and support our work.”

There are several ways to give: Online at jacsy.org/donate; by mailing a check to P.O. Box 94, Seymour, IN 47274; in person at 113 N. Chestnut St., Suite 301; or by pledging by phone at 812-522-5450.

“With the annual meeting less than one week away, we need the community to help with just a little more financial support to ensure we can be the kind of community it hopes to be, one where we are known as a place where we work together for solutions for neighbors and generations,” Couch said.

“By listening to the community to understand its hopes, concerns and action steps, JCUW has worked to pull together resources and create collaborations in order to address what we heard over the last two years,” she said.

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What: Jackson County United Way’s annual meeting and report to the community

When: 5:30 p.m. Monday

Where: Knights of Columbus, 117 E. Second St., Seymour

Cost: Free


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