ST. JOSEPH COUNTY—United Way of St. Joseph County awards $200,000, across 19 local nonprofits, for youth-centered summer programming and direct family supports.

Hello Summer, is a collaborative summer initiative between United Way of St. Joseph County (UWSJC) and South Bend Venues Parks and Arts (SBVPA)—meant to be a “one-stop-shop” for families in search of summer activities. The goal of the summer program is to help children recover emotionally, socially and academically from the stress and deficits of the past year, ensuring every opportunity to gain ground and be ready to jump back into the next school year with increased energy and preparedness.

The grant was opened to local youth-serving organizations in order to support children, parents, and neighborhoods through academic, recreational, instructional, social and emotional wellbeing. The funds for the Hello Summer grant were issued as a continuation of UWSJC’s COVID response effort for the county. The following partners have been awarded Hello Summer grants:

  • Camp Fire River Bend
  • Center for the Homeless
  • SBVPA Charles Black Community Center
  • El Campito
  • Five Star Life
  • Green Bridge Growers
  • Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley
  • La Casa de Amistad
  • LOGAN Community Resources
  • Reins of Life
  • Robinson Community Learning Center
  • SJC Cares
  • South Bend Chapter Indiana Black Expo, Inc.
  • South Bend Heritage
  • St. Margaret’s House
  • St. Joseph County Public Library
  • Transformation Ministries
  • YMCA of Greater Michiana
  • South Bend Venues Parks and Arts

For additional information about Hello Summer, please contact Velshonna Luckey

Velshonna Luckey
Director of Outreach & Partnership Development
w: 574-232-8201 ext. 244
United Way of St. Joseph County