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Daviess County

Campaign 2021

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ERI Wave II Funds Available

United Way of Daviess County is excited to share that there are additional grant funds available to reimburse agencies for expenses incurred due to the pandemic. This grant was made possible through a partnership between the Lilly Endowment and Indiana United Ways, the state professional association of which UWDC is a member. There are $15,000 in ERI Wave II grant funds available through the Community Foundation portal - link is below.

These funds are available to reimburse agencies who have taken from their overhead/operational budget to
provide services or items to clients who were in need due to COVID-19. They can also be used for reimbursement of PPE items needed that were not funded through other sources such as state, federal, and local grants. The minimum amount to apply for is $2,000.

Applications must be received by Monday, July 5th, 2021, and grant reports are due by the end of July. Funds must be used by December 31st, 2021.

For any questions or concerns, please reach out to United Way of Daviess County at 812-254-1038.

Exciting announcement below! Additional information, including links to apply and further details, will be forthcoming!

May 6th, 2021

Contact Zella Taylor, CEO

812-254-1038 |

Additional COVID-19 Relief Coming to United Way of Daviess County

United Way of Daviess County is pleased to announce that it will receive a second COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative grant for $97,989 from Indiana United Ways, the state professional association of which United Way of Daviess County is a member.  The grant will be used to support our community in meeting basic human needs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grant is one of 47 grants that Indiana United Ways is making to member organizations and community foundations through the initiative, which was made possible by funding Indiana United Ways received from Lilly Endowment Inc.

“United Way of Daviess County has been a key convener and coordinator of our community’s response to meet human needs for decades. Even before this crisis, we knew that 1 in 3 families in Daviess County were not able to make ends meet - despite working. In the wake of COVID, those needs became even more dire. Thanks to the generous, continued support of Lilly Endowment to our State Association, we can continue to help our community, through nonprofit partners, deal with and hopefully resolve the impacts of this trying time,” said Jordan Sherman, Board Chair for United Way of Daviess County.

The second COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative grant again calls for United Ways that receive funding to leverage partnerships and relationships to better meet COVID-related basic needs aligned with the social determinants of health as defined by the CDC. Specifically, United Way of Daviess County plans to provide emergency relief for those affected by Covid and/or experienced quarantine, providing funds for Summer and after-school care to allow children the additional education that was lost due to not being in school regularly.  UWDC also plans to provide help for housing assistance and mental health due to Covid. All funds must be used by December 31st, 2021.  United Way of Daviess County will begin accepting funding requests from area human and social service nonprofits whose IRS designation is in good standing beginning June 15th, 2021.  Interested organizations should consult for guidance on funding intent and application instructions. 

In April 2020, Lilly Endowment helped Indiana United Ways establish the COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative with an initial $30 million grant. Lilly Endowment made an additional $15 million grant in March to Indiana United Way to support the initiative. Both grants are part of Lilly Endowment’s overall grantmaking to help organizations meet COVID-related needs. Since March 2020, Lilly Endowment has made grants totaling more than $210 million to organizations working in Indiana and across the nation as they respond to the pandemic.



For more information, please contact our office at 812-254-1038


Indiana United Ways is the state professional association for United Ways in Indiana and supports a thriving United Way system through capacity building, shared services, and network collaboration opportunities. For more information, contact Tonja Stokes, Vice President of Organizational Development at

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly, Sr. and his sons, Eli and J.K. Jr., through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community developmenteducation and religion. The Endowment funds significant programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion. However, it maintains a special commitment to its founders’ hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.

26th Annual Day of Caring event

We held our annual Day of Caring event on Tuesday, May 11th! It was a beautiful day and we had over 350 volunteers from area businesses give of their time to assist in various agency projects. Projects were completed in both Odon and Washington and we are so thankful that we were able to hold our event again after a turbulent 2020. Photos from this year's event will be posted shortly under the Day of Caring tab, so please keep an eye out for them!

Thanks to all volunteers, agency partners, and all those who provided financial and in-kind donations. Our sponsors this year included:


Daviess Community Hospital



City of Washington


Edward Jones, Alan Bubalo

MacAllister Machinery

Shake Broadcasting LLC/WAMW

Daviess County Chamber of Commerce

and Visitors Bureau


Edward Jones, Tara Brower

Parkview Village Christian Care

The Insurance Shop

Town of Odon

Odon Locker


Indiana Forms and Labels

Good Samaritan Hospital

Indiana Safety and Supply

Camp Illiana

Washington Garden Club


Casa Sevilla

Odon Locker

Town of Odon

Kaffee Haus

Lexi’s Sugar Shack

March 22nd, 2021

BREAKING NEWS!!! UWDC has paid out the remainder of the ERI funds totaling $87,000!! Every school, licensed preschool, food pantry, and multiple agencies have benefitted this time around in grant payouts!
$25,000 went to Connections and St. Vincent De Paul, and $20,000 to PACE Action Agency; these funds are to serve clients in need due to COVID-related reasons such as being in quarantine, having suffered job loss, or a reduction of hours. There are no income restrictions to qualify for assistance!
We know that there are additional expenses incurred by schools and preschools to meet state requirements and COVID-19 restrictions to be safely open. We're hopeful that the extra funds that were sent out will help lessen the burden!
Red Cross will be able to provide 600 antibody tests with their funding and Generations will be able to provide additional meals to seniors with theirs.
These are just a few examples of how we come together to serve and create a huge impact within our community! Most gifts were unexpected, which meant that several places called our office to verify this wasn’t a mistake. ❤️ #LiveUnited #inthistogether #UWDC

March 17th, 2021

UWDC recently provided the Odon Police Department with a drug disposal container as part of our education and awareness initiative program. This will provide the Odon community with a safe place to dispose of their expired or no-longer-needed medications to reduce the risk of drug abuse. Drop-off availability: M-F, 5-8pm

Research shows the number one way that youth access opiates is within the homes of family and friends. Our educational and awareness program will provide brochures showing locations of where people can safely dispose of their medications/needles, along with additional information.


UWDC will also be providing senior citizens with sharps containers, disposal kits, and safe lock boxes for their medication to be stored securely in their homes. Details on this coming soon!

March 11th, 2021

UWDC is excited to announce that through the ERI grant, provided through Indiana United Way and the Lilly Endowment, Connections (with St Vincent de Paul acting as fiscal agent) and PACE Community Action Agency have received substantial funding to support the community at this time.

Connections received $25,000 and PACE $20,000. These funds are available for individuals suffering loss of income due to quarantine as a result of the pandemic. Stipends are available, with no income restrictions, as well as support for rental and utility payments that have fallen behind due to COVID-19.

Contact Connections at 812-257-2650 or PACE at for more information.

March 9th, 2021

UWDC would like to announce that we have awarded our ERI phase III recipients a total amount of $56,000!