Screen_Shot_2013-01-25_at_8.46.54_AMAs of December 31, 2012, the FamilyWize-United Way partnership with local pharmacies has saved people living or working in this area more than $1,689,507 on everyday prescription costs for conditions such as asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and many others.

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Indiana Association of United Ways has released its Policy Priorities for 2013. We advocate for policies primarily in four priority areas:
 
  • Early Education - All Hoosier children should have access to consistent, high quality and affordable early learning opportunities (focused on child care quality, pre-K and fully funded full day kindergarten in the school funding formula).
  • Financial Stability - Every Hoosier should have a chance to become self-sufficient, stable and independent as their abilities allow (focused on job training, child care subsidies, transportation options, IDAs, EITC and streamlined eligibility benefits).
  • Health - Hoosiers and their families should have access to quality and affordable health services to lead healthy lives and to avoid risky behaviors (with a focus on health care access and quality services).
  • Strong Communities - Communities thrive when the charitable sector is strong, as well as business and government. IaUW advocates for policies that support a strong charitable sector (such as the charitable deduction, NAP credits and property tax exemption) and for a strong statewide 2-1-1 network to connect people with services.

Screen_Shot_2013-01-18_at_10.54.11_AMThere’s still time for clients of I&M and NIPSCO to take advantage of a free home energy audit. The opportunity to participate for the Energizing Indiana audit is open until March 2013.

Professional Energy Advisors will go directly to homes and analyze energy inefficiencies. They will work with homeowners to produce a detailed report with long-term, cost effective energy savings, make recommendations that will raise a home’s performance, lower energy bills, and improve in-home air quality.

Energy Advisors will install several low-cost energy saving measures, including the installation of compact fluorescent light bulbs (limit 9), low-flow faucet aerators (limit 3), low-flow shower heads (limit 2), and water heater insulation wraps (on electric heater only).

Community members can dial 2-1-1 to reach United Way’s 2-1-1 Information & Referral Call Center or visit www.energizingindiana.com/uwsjc to schedule free energy assessments. United Way of St. Joseph County will receive $25 for every energy audit performed on its behalf. 

"The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available."  

Click here to learn more about the Veterans Crisis Line.

from Veterans Crisis Line (veteranscrisisline.net)

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