Joining Hands

EXPANDING IMPACT

United Way of Elkhart County and United Fund of LaGrange County have joined hands to form United Way of Elkhart & LaGrange Counties

 
 

WHY JOIN HANDS, WHY MERGE?

  • Our goal is to better mobilize human and financial resources; to create lasting, measurable change that improves people’s lives in Elkhart and LaGrange Counties.
 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MERGING?

  • Greater Impact – More Lives Changed
A merged United Way will engage more volunteers and allow greater financial investment in the two counties in the areas of Education, Health and Financial Stability.

 

  • Greater Efficiency
To accomplish our goals of improving lives, we will combine administrative functions to create cost savings and increased organizational performance.
 

FREQUENLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Where will my donation go? 
Funds raised in each county will support programs in the county in which they are raised, unless a donor designates otherwise.
 
  • How will donations be allocated?  
Each county will have volunteer panels composed of local citizens who will determine the best programs to invest in.
 
  • Who will lead the merged organization?
A Board consisting of volunteer leaders from both Elkhart and LaGrange Counties will govern the organization.
 
  • Will there be staff changes?
Current staffing will remain the same.
 
 

WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER

  • Over the past year, the United Way of Elkhart County and United Fund of LaGrange County have partnered together on several projects that have gone well.
  • The merged United Way will continue to champion the unique identities of the communities it serves.
  • At the same time, a merged United Way will have greater ability to address community needs that are common across both counties.
 

WE REMAIN COMMITTED TO OUR CORE PRINCIPALS

  • Enhance the ability to effectively accomplish our shared mission and serve both communities.
  • Respect and honor the intentions of our donors.
  • Maintain and coordinate individual community identities as we create a unified organization.
  • Be aware of and responsive to differences in community culture.
 

WE EXPECT LITTLE SHORT-TERM CHANGE

  • Donors and stakeholders will see little change in the short term because full transition and integration could take a year or more.
  • We will work together with local organizations and programs as integral partners.
  • Offices will remain in place.  Staff will continue to provide quality services.
  • The merged United Way will continue to coordinate with volunteers and community leaders to help guide local strategies, programs, relationship building and fundraising.
 

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT

  • Bill Rieth, President/CEO
United Way of Elkhart and LaGrange Counties, riethb@unitedwayec.org,  574-295-1650
 
 
 
United Way fights for the education, health, and financial stability of every person in our communities