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Jennings County receives grant to combat poverty

The Jennings County United Way has been awarded a $49,140 Work2Gether (W2G) matching grant from the Indiana Association of United Ways. Statewide, five million dollars is available to support community work in the areas of education, financial stability or health, matching local fundraising increases during 2014 and 2015.

“Each IaUW member United Way can access a match grant equal to at least 10% of their 2011 annual campaign. Smaller member's grants are larger. Indiana United Ways are drawing community resources to invest in comprehensive approaches addressing the common good,” according to Roger L. Frick, IaUW President.

Jennings County United Way officials say they must generate new campaign dollars equal to the grant amount to claim the funds. They add that each community designs its own resource development strategy to draw new donors and increases within the grant guidelines.

In Jennings County, the W2G Grant will focus on increasing resources that improve Financial Stability in the community. This includes the promotion financial literacy, economic self-sufficiency and equipping low-income individuals and families with the skills, knowledge and support systems necessary to effectively combat poverty.

“We will help strengthen self-sufficiency in low income families by building resources that reduce reliance on crisis assistance. This supports the ultimate goal for our Financial Stability Program, which is to build a financially stronger community.” Said Dan Wright, President.

“We will continue to focus on strategies based on Ruby Payne's “Bridges out of Poverty” constructs by empowering struggling families and individuals to build resources through workshops, education and a support network, and provide proven strategies and diversity training in the community. Said Cheri Massey, Director.

Additionally, we will increase the availability and access to financial literacy education, resources and financial stability supports by creating a centralized location for financial stability efforts in the community. The addition of new partnerships with WorkOne and the Department of Child Services will help connect clients to sequenced, comprehensive resources.”

“It is our goal to raise awareness of the issues of poverty so that everyone can come together to work on removing the barriers that make it difficult for people to get out of poverty. Increased understanding and responsiveness to the financial service needs of the under resourced and increased financial literacy will have higher-level social impacts reducing strain on assistance and creating a more stable community,” stated Dan Wright, President, Board of Directors.

Last Updated: Monday, August 25, 2014 3:43:03 PM

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