SOUTH BEND, Ind. – It’s official—United Way of St. Joseph County turned 100 years old on October 14, 2014. As the oldest United Way in the state of Indiana, the organization plans to use the next year to commemorate its rich heritage and remind the community how its mission of reducing poverty is more important than ever before. “We’ve identified poverty as the issue of focus in St. Joseph County, however our mission will still be achieved by addressing and improving the building blocks for a good life: education, income and health,” said Matt Harrington who recently joined the organization as President & CEO. “We can reduce poverty by 25,000 individuals by 2025, but need to get everyone invested—this includes businesses, individuals, governmental and educational entities and non-profits alike.”
In addition to celebrating past successes and mobilizing the community to “Live United,” United Way hopes to better communicate the role it plays in St. Joseph County. “Many people are aware that United Way exists, but few actually understand how it makes an impact,” stated Rachel Bradley, United Way Director of Mission Advancement. “We plan to be much more consistent about reporting positive outcomes and encouraging individuals and companies to find their true philanthropic passions so they can get excited about making a difference in this community.”
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