SOUTH BEND, Ind. – United Way would like to remember Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., of the University of Notre Dame. He was a great man who was committed to helping those less fortunate through compassion and prayer.

Father Ted is pictured below with Ernestine Raclin during Notre Dame's "United Way Hour." View full article from 1973 here.





2-1-1 Announces Public Policy Efforts on National 2-1-1 Day

FORT WAYNE (February 11, 2015)  –  My United Way 2-1-1, a part of United Way of Allen County, announced its new public policy efforts to assist in the expansion and sustainability of the service. 2-1-1 announced that it would focus its efforts on gaining state funding to help support the
service as well as continuing work to secure 2-1-1 as a required dialing code for all telephone service providers. 

2-1-1 is a national dialing code for free, confidential, 24-hour access to more than 1,800 local health and human services, such as shelter, food, legal aid, counseling, utility assistance, health care, transportation and more. 2-1-1 Information and Referral Specialists are trained to help callers identify their needs and determine what agency or program will best meet their needs. My United Way 2-1-1 currently covers more than 1.5 million Indiana residents in 19 counties: Adams, Allen, Blackford, DeKalb, Elkhart, Fulton, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, LaPorte, Marshall, Noble, Steuben, St. Joseph, Wabash, Wells and Whitley.

My United Way 2-1-1’s public policy efforts coincide with House Bill 1010, which, if approved, dictates that the State of Indiana would provide $2 million annually to support the service. Discussions on securing 2-1-1 as a national dialing code are not a part of this year’s legislative session, but remain an on-going part of 2-1-1’s public policy efforts.

“The bill’s approval is critical to the work of all 2-1-1 centers in Indiana,” said Tiffany Bailey, director of 2-1-1 Services, Income and Basic Needs. “There is more need now than we can meet each year and additional funding will provide sustainability to the 2-1-1 system and could help increase capacity, allowing centers to answer more requests for service.”

Last year alone, My United Way 2-1-1 received nearly 58,500 calls requesting service. However, they were only able to answered approximately 49,500 of those calls. An additional 9,000 calls were abandoned before a 2-1-1 Specialist could answer.   

For more information about 2-1-1, please contact Tiffany Bailey, director of 2-1-1 Services, Income and Basic needs, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To access local resources please call

2-1-1 or 1-877-502-0700 or visit 2-1-1’s online database at www.myunitedway2-1-1.org.



There's even more cause for celebration this holiday season. Our three brilliant and faithful Accounting interns will be completing their studies in December at IUSB. Zhe Hu, Amoin Marthe Kouame and Shanshan Gao will all be graduating with a Masters in Accounting. Excellent job and we can't thank you enough for all your help! Learn about our financial interns in their own words and hear what's up next for each of them...

Shanshan Gao --- I have worked with UWSJC since March 2014. Thanks to United Way for giving me the internship. This is my first accounting internship in the U.S. I'm very proud of working for a nonprofit organization. Everyone is super friendly. As an internship, I have observed how employees interact and learned the expectations of entry-level accounting and bookkeeping.

At present, I'm planning to try to find a job after graduation in the U.S. and am preparing for related professional exams. Finding a job in the U.S. won't be easy for me, but I hope all goes well!


Amoin Marthe Kouame --- I am from Ivory Coast and my first language is French. I came to the United States to learn English and Accounting. Right now, I am a tutor in French and Accounting at IUSB. I am also the treasurer of the International Student Organization of IUSB. I started working at United Way in July 2013. Working at United Way helped me build self-confidence, self-esteem and be more ambitious. Also, the employees of United Way are very friendly and it is a pleasure for me to work with them.

After graduating, I plan to look for a job and take the certified public accountant exam in the future.


Zhe Hu --- I feel it is a precious experience to work for a nonprofit organization such as United Way. The working environment is friendly and the people are all very nice. Being with UW for almost two years, I‘m quite impressed by how dedicated everyone is to their work and how passonate they are to helping out the community. I am proud to be a part of your group.

After my graduation this December, I will probably start looking for jobs in this area. Hopefully I can get a part-time job in accounting for the next year and still have some time to take care of our new baby and my family. I would be glad to work for a charitable organization if I get the chance. For now I don’t plan to become a CPA, but I will perhaps take the exam in the future.




SOUTH BEND, Ind. – United Way of St. Joseph County (UWSJC) has recently received grants totaling $20,000 from the John, Anna and Martha Jane Fields Trust Foundation and the Stanley A. and Flora P. Clark Foundation to support a collective impact initiative seeking to reduce childhood obesity in St. Joseph County.

“The project will target low-income children attending South Bend schools identified as being obese by physicians and provide a free program of physical activity and nutrition education to lower obesity rates and risk factors for poor health,” explained United Way President and CEO Matt Harrington.

The grants will help fund the position of a community health worker to build individual and community capacity through outreach, education, counseling, social support and advocacy. Maggie Gibney, a South Bend native who is following in the footsteps of her late father Jeff Gibney in serving the St. Joseph County Community, is serving as the community health worker. 

UWSJC is partnering with nine clinics—Indiana Health Center, HealthLinc, E. Blaire Warner, Community Pediatric Physicians (St. Joseph Regional Medical Center), Navarre Pediatrics (Granger), St. Joseph Regional Medical Center (Granger), Centennial Clinic, Family Medicine of South Bend (University Commons) and WIC as well as the Kroc Center, the O'Brien Center and Charles Martin Youth Center will all serve as integral partners in this project.

For more information regarding the initiative visit click here.


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