United Way establishes community Resources Round Up

Jackson County United Way has announced a new resource management database to assist those needing help.

Resource Round Up is a database that allows agencies and other organizations to list their services to Jackson County community members in need. It is available 24/7.

“The resources listed can be accessed through any computer connection or smartphone,” said Stephanie Strothmann, community impact director for Jackson County United Way.

To sign up for access and be listed on the database, agencies and organizations visit jacsy.findservices.net and click on the “List Your Services” button at the top of the webpage. After an approval process, those signed up will have access to updating their own information.

After signing up, community members needing assistance can access services such as clothing assistance, food assistance and health insurance coverage, to name a few.

“COVID has taught us that connecting digitally with people is important to direct them to service in a time when most places that have paper referrals aren’t seeing clients face to face,” said Tonja Couch, executive director of Jackson County United Way.

“We are proud to launch the Resource Round Up in order to ensure updated information for a variety of health and human service needs,” she said. “We are so excited about this new partnership to serve Jackson County residents with the support of the city of Seymour and county of Jackson. We know more residents will be able to find the help they need.”

Resource Round Up is the latest in resources available to the most vulnerable population.

“It is our hope that this new database will allow agencies and organizations to better connect with those who need help in our community,” Strothmann said.

JCUW saw an increase of service referrals since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic with a total of 251 by the end of November 2020. Of those individuals, 167 used services they did not need before the pandemic.

One of the biggest services needed was access to health care coverage, which Strothmann and her team are able to provide assistance for through the Covering Kids and Families Program. Through this program, 709 people were served with access to health care coverage assistance.

Strothmann said a woman reached out to JCUW looking for health coverage for herself and her daughter. Because they were new to Indiana, the family was looking for preventative care that was affordable and accessible.

With assistance from JCUW, they were able to get health care coverage, connect her to providers in her area and help her set up dental and medical appointments.

“With the help of Covering Kids and Families, this family was not only able to get health coverage but learned how to use it for preventative care,” Strothmann said.

“They also learned about additional benefits, like transportation services and reward programs that their health coverage provides,” she said. “Through our connection to Jackson County United Way, we were also able to connect this mother to English language courses and transportation services.”

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For information about Resource Round Up, call Stephanie Strothmann at 812-530-1672 or email [email protected]

To support Jackson County United Way, visit jacsy.org/donate or mail gifts to P.O. Box 94, Seymour, IN 47274.