ANDERSON – United Way organizations of Madison, Delaware, Henry, Fayette and Randolph counties have merged into a single, regional United Way.

Officials of the new organization, Heart of Indiana United Way, announced the merger Wednesday.

“Through combined skills and resources, the organization will deepen its impact, bring more resources to the community, improve business efficiencies, as well as work with donors and volunteers to solve communities’ challenges,” a news release states.

“Across the heart of Indiana, nearly half of all households cannot make ends meet,” said Jenni Marsh, Heart of Indiana United Way president and CEO. “Growing needs of children and families cannot be met by maintaining the status quo. Neighbors uniting their strengths and compassion will empower Heart of Indiana United Way to meet those needs.”

Nancy Vaughan, executive director of the United Way of Madison County, will be the chief operating officer of Heart of Indiana United Way.

The United Way partners with donors, volunteers, nonprofits, for-profits and government to bridge gaps and build systems of care that create lasting impact and improve people’s lives.

Heart of Indiana United Way promises to:

• Honor donor intent and continued interest in collaborating with donors to solve community issues
• Work in partnership with local nonprofits that share a like vision for the community
• Reflect community will and needs in all funding decisions
• Ensure the community feels heard, valued, represented, and served
• Build a stronger, more effective organization with extended volunteer and staff capacity both in number and diversity of skills.”
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