In what could only be called perfect timing in light of the coronavirus and impact it will have on local families, United Way of Franklin County is sending $4,000 to Southeastern Indiana Economic Opportunity Corp. (SIEOC) for ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) families in Ripley County, reports UWFC executive director Kelly Bulmer.
The Emergent Needs Fund created last fall kicked off UWFC’s fundraising campaign to aid ALICE families with basic needs like rent, food, utilities, child care, transportation and employment.
“Our board wants to focus on reducing poverty in Franklin and Ripley counties while still supporting the agencies we’ve funded in the past,” states Bulmer. “We talked to community members and looked at the data we have and found one-third of the households in Ripley County are either living in poverty or what we consider ALICE (working poor) families.”
The nonprofit partnered with SIEOC to start a fund similar to a fund already being used by SIEOC offices in Dearborn and Ohio counties with funding coming from United Way of Greater Cincinnati.
Individuals seeking funding will go through a screening process with questions geared to identify other needs the individual may have. Most people seeking funding leave with a list of resources that will help them.
Kim Elliot, SIEOC family development specialist, says, “What we’ve seen from doing this in Dearborn and Ohio counties is that most individuals that come for help don’t come back the next month. It’s not a revolving door. It really is helping families stay out of financial crisis because of several factors.”
United Way of Franklin County is still actively fundraising for its Emergent Needs Fund. You can give anytime online at www.uwfcin.org or mail a tax-deductible check to UWFC, P.O. Box 105, Brookville, IN 47012. Please note Emergent Needs Ripley County on your check.