Moving People from Poverty to Possibility

Why focus on reducing poverty? 40% of households in St. Joseph County are struggling to meet basic needs - many could be your family, friends and neighbors.

How will United Way combat poverty in St. Joseph County?

By focusing our work in these 3 areas of impact:

  • Early Learning - Ages 0-12

Ensure that children are surpassing key readiness and early grade reaching benchmarks.

  • Youth Success - Ages 13 - 18

Ensure that children are graduating from high school with the skills necessary to pursue post-secondary education or advanced training.

  • Stable Families - Ages 18+

Ensure adults achieve long-term financial stability by developing the skills and opportunities to obtain and sustain employment.

For more information on these 3 goals visit, Poverty to Possibility.

Food for Fines

Notre Dame Security Police’s Parking Services is offering a payment option that allows you to help the community, while also going easier on your wallet.

The department is holding Food for Fines, a program that will accept non-perishable food donations as payment for parking tickets and fines. The program runs from Nov. 13 to Dec. 8. Each donated canned good or food item will be worth $2 in fine payments. Up to 30 food items can be donated per person, for a maximum fine value of $60.

Food for Fines is open to faculty, staff and students as well as visitors to campus who may have received a citation.

Beginning Monday, Nov. 13, donations can be turned in at Parking Services, located at 119 Hammes Mowbray Hall, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Parking Services asks that faculty, staff and students bring their University ID card with them when dropping off food along with their paper citation or license plate number so that citation totals can be amended to reflect the food donation.

While the Food for Fines program is primarily targeted to those who have received parking or traffic tickets, anyone who wishes to donate items during the collection period may do so.

Contact: Campus Safety, 574-631-5053,

All gifts make a tremendous impact

By donating to the community through United Way, you will help address the epidemic of poverty. Your gift will be combined with the gifts of your friends and neighbors and will work to:

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