News

Compassion Fund helps Notre Dame employees with financial emergencies

Author: Erin Blasko

University of Notre Dame employees who donate to the United Way of St. Joseph County also support the Employee Compassion Fund, an emergency assistance program that helps members of the Notre Dame community faced with temporary financial hardship. For every amount pledged to the United Way by a Notre Dame employee, five percent is deposited into the fund to help members of the campus community respond to financial crises resulting from unforeseen events or circumstances such as fire, natural disaster or illness. Since 2015, the fund has provided more than $41,000 in assistance to 49 employees, including more than $24,000 to 25 employees in 2016.…

Read More

Accessing Affordable Banking Services

Author: Erin Blasko

According to the White House Council on Economic Advisers, about 7 percent of American households lack access to a bank account, while another 20 percent have a bank account but supplement it with non-traditional financial services like check cashing or payday loans. In an effort to address the problem, the United Way of St. Joseph County recently joined with other area United Ways, 1st Source Bank, the South Shore Line and Chase to launch the Northern Indiana Bank On Alliance.…

Read More

Employee Compassion Fund provides relief for staffer

Author: Tiffany Griffin

Unitedway

The Employee Compassion Fund is a University emergency assistance program funded entirely by Notre Dame faculty and staff contributions to the annual United Way campaign — five percent of each pledge supports the fund. The program is administered by the Family and Children’s Center, and is designed to assist employees who find themselves in temporary financial hardship. The funds are not taxable as income.

Read More

Moving People from Poverty to Possibility: Solidarity with South Bend

Author: Jessica Brookshire

Did you know that 40% of the households in our local county are struggling to afford life’s most basic needs? Matt Harrington will talk about new approaches to social change that have engaged people and organizations together, in solidarity, to address this pressing need in our community. In doing so, this Poverty Initiative seeks to provide struggling families adequate supports and opportunities to move them from poverty to possibility. …

Read More

Collaboration is key in new United Way grants

Author: Joe Dits, South Bend Tribune

Collaboration is key in new United Way grants
Grants makeover offers three-year funding

South Bend Tribunejdits@sbtinfo.com

The Center for the Homeless and Hope Ministries will join forces this year on a new program where they’ll educate school employees, ambulance and emergency crews and others so they better understand trauma — like homelessness, abuse, neglect and domestic violence — and how it keeps people from making use of the help they need.…

Read More

United Way shifts focus for funding

Author: South Bend Tribune

Allocations slanted toward programs that are 'proactive'

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Decent revenue from its annual campaign helped the United Way of St. Joseph County boost funding to local programs by 1.7 percent, or $16,845, for a total of $985,000 in the funding year that began July 1.

And, in an effort this year to support more proactive programs, the United Way shifted the priorities for how that sum was divvied up among local charities, said United Way CEO Matt Harrington. Out of three funding categories, the pool of dollars to allocate to Education programs grew from 30 percent of the total dollars to 40 percent, and the Income and Financial Stability category grew from 10 percent to 15 percent.

Read More

Notre Dame Exceeds United Way Fundraising Goal

Author: Catherine Ake

The University of Notre Dame exceeded its goal of raising $300,000 for United Way of St. Joseph County during its 2014-2015 workplace campaign. In 2014, United Way turned 100. To celebrate its many years of community service, the nonprofit organization challenged its partners to tackle St. Joseph County’s high poverty rate and to improve the education, health, and financial status of its community members. Notre Dame’s yearlong campaign raised $311,355.41 for United Way, making it the largest single campaign contribution in the county.

Read More

Nearly half of St. Joseph county households struggling

Author: Madeline Buckley, South Bend Tribune

Posted originaly in the South Bend Tribune on Monday, November 10, 2014 6:00 am | Updated: 6:46 am, Mon Nov 10, 2014.

A single mother supporting two children may work two part-time jobs. She does not have a car, so she is limited in where she can work. Her income falls above the federal poverty line. It puts a roof over the heads of her and her children, and usually gets food on the table. But she cannot grow a savings account. An unexpected expense could throw the family into chaos. She has to skimp on child care and health care.

Read More

Waldo Mikels-Carrasco: Supporting the United Way

Author: Carol C. Bradley, NDWorks

What are the forces that keep people in poverty?

BY CAROL C. BRADLEY, NDWorks

Waldo Mikels-Carrasco hadn’t been involved with the United Way until he was called in to provide information to the agency on health disparities in St. Joseph County.

“They wanted to know what they could be funding in health,” he says. “I was impressed that the United Way was asking the question, and that they took the information and did something with it.” …

Read More

Live United, a United Way-ACC partnership

Author: Gene Stowe

Lacrosse player mentors 6-year-old cancer patient

BY GENE STOWE, FOR NDWORKS

When the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team was paired with Bobby Russell last fall as part of Fighting Irish Fight for Life, a Student Welfare & Development program, midfield player Katherine McManus was immediately drawn to the 6-year-old who had been undergoing cancer treatments since he was 2.…

Read More

"The Homestretch" A documentary about youth homelessness

Author: University of Notre Dame & Youth Service Bureau

Fri Nov 7, 2014, 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Location: Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

In partnership with the University of Notre Dame, The Youth Service Bureau of St. Joseph County is creating awareness events about youth homelessness focused around a documentary film called “The Homestretch”.  This film highlights the story of three homeless teenagers in Chicago. It shines light on the reasons young people can become homeless, the dangers they face on the streets, the daily struggle for survival and the resiliency that can lead them to a better life. 

Read More

A Laser Focus on Poverty

Author: United Way of St. Joseph County

What were the results of the research?

Why did the Board choose poverty as the issue? UWSJC believes that poverty (self-sufficiency and family economic security) is a serious epidemic that demands collective action. The condition of poverty is linked with quality education. Children living in poverty are more likely not to be prepared for or succeed in school, and less likely to complete or further their education.  (Alliance for Excellent Education; American Graduate.)

Read More

United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program Receives Generous Grant From First Source Bank

Author: United Way of St. Joseph County

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – As the United Way of St. Joseph County embarks on a ten-year journey to reduce poverty by 25,000 individuals by 2025, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program or VITA, as it is often called, will play an integral role in reaching this goal. From 2013-2014 the VITA program provided services to more than 3200 households, was responsible for bringing over $4 million of processed refunds back to St. Joseph County and helped low-income taxpayers save over $1 million in tax preparation fees.…

Read More

St. Joseph County to Participate in Regional STEM Education Initiative

Author: United Way of St. Joseph County

St. Joseph County to Participate in Regional STEM Education Initiative
K-12 Districts can apply for program funding

South Bend, Ind. (March 1, 2014) – United Way of St. Joseph County and the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce announced that all K-12 schools in St. Joseph County are eligible to participate in the regional STEM Education Initiative announced Saturday morning by Project Lead The Way (PLTW), the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs, and the Corporate Partnership for Economic Growth (CPEG) at a STEM teacher training program held at the University of Notre Dame.…

Read More

ICeNSA, United Way tackle childhood obesity

Author: Carol C. Bradley, NDWorks

Connecting children with a wellness platform

BY CAROL C. BRADLEY, NDWORKS

ICeNSA, the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications, directed by Nitesh Chawla, the Frank Freimann Collegiate Associate Professor in computer science and engineering, is making transformative advances in personalized health care and wellness by connecting data, computing, social networks, and people.…

Read More

2012-2013 ND United Way Summary

Author: Jessica Brookshire

2012-13 ND United Way of St. Joseph County

Campaign Summary

The University of Notre Dame surpassed our goal of $300,000 raising $304,757.39 in the 2012-2013 United Way campaign.  We had 745 faculty and staff contribute to the campaign by making an annual pledge. In addition, a number of individuals participated in a variety of fundraisers and events including, Trivia Night a Thanksgiving pie sale and nine departmental fundraisers.…

Read More

Yes, I’d like to make a difference in my community! University’s annual United Way campaign kicks off in October

Author: Carol C. Bradley, NDWorks

In past years, the generosity of Notre Dame’s faculty and staff has made us St. Joseph County’s top workforce in donations to United Way, helping improve education, health and financial stability in our community.

The goal for this year is $300,000.

Why United Way?

With so many causes and charities competing for our donations, why give to United Way?…

Read More

Letter from Fr. John

Author: Cristin O'Connor

October 10, 2013

Dear Members of the Notre Dame Family:

Notre Dame has always embraced growth and change while remaining true to its core values and traditions. The University’s move into the Atlantic Coast Conference, in all sports except football and hockey, will strengthen our existing bonds with the United Way. The ACC and its member institutions have enjoyed a sixteen-year partnership that showcases the involvement of student-athletes in service to their communities through the United Way, and we are proud to further that tradition.…

Read More

Sabian

Author: United Way of St. Joseph County

“You don’t know me, but my name is Sabian. When I was born, I couldn’t hear very well. But, no one knew until my preschool checked my hearing for free thanks to United Way. They told my mom what I couldn’t — I am hearing impaired. Now I have tubes in my ears that help me hear and specialists who help me learn how to talk. Thanks to people who gave money to United Way, I am going to be able to hear my teacher and talk to my friends when I start kindergarten!”

Read More