SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Every year on April 28th, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember the thousands of workers killed and millions more who are injured or diseased because of their jobs.

This year, the Workers Memorial Service will be held Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 4-5 p.m. at Howard Park in South Bend and will remember the regional workers who lost their lives in 2015. The service will begin at the Senior Center and will include a walk to the Memorial Site. The event will be presented by the North Central IN AFL-CIO CLC, all affiliated unions and in partnership with United Way of St. Joseph County. Families of lost loved ones and the general public are encouraged to attend.

For more information on the event, contact Dawn Chapla from United Way of St. Joseph County at (574) 232-8201 ext. 228 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




Public Invited to Learn About Benefits of Indiana’s New HIP Link Program

Mishawaka, IN – 1st Source Insurance, along with the Indiana Family & Social Services Administration and United Way of St. Joseph County invite area residents to attend an educational seminar and luncheon to learn more about HIP Link, Indiana’s health plan premium assistance program. The seminar is Wednesday, April 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Windsor Park Conference Center located at 4020 Edison Lakes Parkway in Mishawaka. Attendees must RSVP to 574.271.5200 by Monday, April 18th.

Attendees will learn about HIP Link’s benefits for both employees and employers from speakers Kayla Hsu, HIP Link Outreach Coordinator and Joe Moser, Medicaid Director. 

HIP Link is a federally funded $4,000 Personal Wellness and Responsibility (POWER) account that can be used to pay health insurance premiums, deductibles, and co-pays while an employee is on the employer’s group health insurance plan. To qualify, you must be an Indiana resident between the ages of 19 and 64, meet income criteria and have access to your employer’s health insurance.

1st Source Corporation, parent company of 1st Source Bank, has assets of $5.2 billion and is the largest locally controlled financial institution headquartered in the northern Indiana-southwestern Michigan area. The Corporation includes 80 banking centers, 22 1st Source Bank Specialty Finance Group locations nationwide, eight Trust and Wealth Management locations and ten 1st Source Insurance offices. For more than 150 years, 1st Source has been committed to the success of the communities it serves.  For more information, visit 

UPDATE: See photos from the event here.





SOUTH BEND, Ind. –  Jessica M. Brookshire, Associate Director for Public Affairs at the University of Notre Dame was honored with United Way of St. Joseph County’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award at a special dinner reception held in Indianapolis on March 17th.

For over 17 years, Ms. Brookshire has been the engine behind United Way of St. Joseph County’s (UWSJC’s) top workplace campaign at the University of Notre Dame.  This year, she was instrumental in assembling a panel of experts to speak at a luncheon among key campus communicators to create a better understanding of UWSJC’s new collective impact approach. The information shared was a critical component to the campus’s campaign success and further strengthened the understanding of UWSJC’s role in the community. 

“Jessica’s passion for United Way’s work is demonstrated by her involvement in special projects, fundraising, events and committee membership,“ said Matt Harrington, President and CEO of United Way of St. Joseph County, “We are so grateful for her commitment to our community and her selfless support of United Way’s mission, which is truly inspiring.”

As a volunteer on the Education [2010 – 2014], Health, Income and Basic Needs [2015] Investment panels, a significant amount of her time and attention has been devoted to determining the best way in which donor dollars can be responsibly invested among the best presented opportunities. Jessica currently sits on the Community Investment committee and is a member of UWSJC’s Poverty Strategy Team, where she collaborates with others to focus energies and resources toward the poverty reduction agenda.












SOUTH BEND, Ind. – JOSEPH DITS South Bend Tribune  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
by Joseph Dits

A less severe winter means that fewer low-income people are seeking help with their heating bills from local aid programs so far. And there’s still aid in case winter — and the size of utility bills — come roaring back in the next couple of months.

NIPSCO reports a 34 percent decrease in the number of customers who’ve qualified for its own aid programs November through January, compared with the same time frame last year. But the number of people who actually applied for the aid dropped just 18 percent.

In total, 11,692 customers have received help this winter in NIPSCO’s service territory across the northern third of Indiana, down from 17,792, said spokeswoman Denise Rodriguez.

At the United Way of St. Joseph County, the Team HEAT program served 380 households last winter, but so far it has helped about two-thirds of that number. And the program typically disburses all of its aid by February, said Cory Hankins, a spokesman for United Way.

There’s still room for about 126 more low-income households to seek help from Team HEAT, he said. And the nonprofit REAL Services is seeing about 20 percent fewer people seeking help from the Energy Assistance Program in Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, Marshall and St. Joseph counties, said program director Ingrid Simmons.

“Our outreach has been the same as it has in the past,” Simmons said. “Mild winter probably has made a difference in the traffic.”

Thanks to federal and state funding, she said it has enough aid to continue taking applications through April.

Those who qualify for the Energy Assistance Program are protected from having their utilities shut off for the season. But NIPSCO’s Rodriguez points out that, just before that moratorium ends for the year on March 15, there’s always a rush of people seeking aid.

Temperatures were 3.8 degrees above average this past November and 10.6 degrees above average in December, though January was just 0.3 degrees above, according to the National Weather Service.

Compare that with last winter, when November was 6.3 degrees below average, December was 4.4 degrees above and January was 1.9 below. And remember that the winter of 2013-2014 was even colder.











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