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IU Bloomington United Way campaign exceeds goals

Feb. 22, 2017

IU Bloomington’s United Way campaign totals are in, and this year they’ve exceeded expectations.

Debbie Lemon

IU Board of Trustees secretary Debbie Lemon was co-chair of this year's United Way campaign. | PHOTO COURTESY OF INDIANA UNIVERSITY 

The workplace campaign’s final total was $802,130, surpassing the goal of $800,000. This year’s theme was “empowering your community” and included initiatives such as mentor programs for high school students and providing 194,514 bags of groceries to community members at risk of hunger.

The IU Bloomington United Way Campaign focuses on supporting United Way of Monroe County to give back to the community to which IU Bloomington belongs. David B. Johnson, vice provost for enrollment management and Debbie Lemon, IU Board of Trustees secretery, are co-chairs of the campaign.

“Supporting the United Way is a part of my philanthropic DNA,” Lemon said. “It is such an easy way to spread your gifts to so many deserving and diverse organizations that are the backbone of our community.”

The funds raised for United Way of Monroe County contribute to initiatives focusing on education, earnings and essentials. Member agencies of United Way of Monroe County include Shalom Community Center, Area 10, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington and Middle Way House, among others. Funds from the university’s United Way campaign will help these organizations improve the local community by making lasting advancements. 

“As co-chair of this year’s IU campaign, I was privileged to personally witness the impact of our United Way agencies. These agencies provide quality-of-life services that our neighbors can count on,” Lemon said. 

One such effort with Area 10, an agency that supports the elderly, people with disabilities and caregivers, included fitness programs aimed at helping seniors remain in their homes. The Salvation Army, another United Way member agency, was able to continue hosting quarterly job fairs to help community members build skills and obtain employment. 

Information about getting involved with United Way of Monroe County can be found online. Indiana University’s United Way Campaign also has opportunities for involvement.

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