United IN20 Matching Grant Awarded To United Way Of South Central Indiana

(BEDFORD) – United Way of South Central Indiana announces it has been approved to receive the United IN20 Matching Grant of up to $50,587, administered by Indiana United Ways with funds from the Lilly Endowment Inc.

The funds for this project will be used to conduct an ACEs study in collaboration between United Way of South Central Indiana, North Lawrence Community Schools, Families Forever, Indiana University School of Social Work, and Indiana University School of Public Health.

The study will be based on the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, which is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect and household challenges and later-life health and well-being. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can negatively impact an entire community.

Dr. John Keesler, PhD, LMSW, Assistant Professor IU School of Social Work

Dr. John Keesler, PhD, LMSW, Assistant Professor IU School of Social Work, will perform this research study as consultant coordinating his work along with Dr. Priscilla Barnes, IU Public Health. Results of the study will be shared with the community and businesses in the community.

Dr. Priscilla Barnes, IU Public Health

The community is in need of a comprehensive community resource directory for substance, alcohol, family abuse, or mental health issues in Lawrence County, Indiana. Results of our ACEs study combined with ALICE statistics will provide us with information for a new resource website. This will be a one-stop-shop. This will be a Resource Center for ACEs solutions for families and their children in the community.

The website will be built by Families Forever and it will contain a diverse database for all areas of social services. The website will include online downloadable and printable training materials for informational sessions with community partners.

United Way of South Central Indiana works to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community to advance the common good. Visit our website at www.UnitedWaySCI.org. For more information, contact Audrey Dalton, UWSCI Marketing Director at audrey@unitedwaysci.org.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is a private philanthropic foundation supporting the causes of religion, education and community development focusing its work in Indianapolis and the State of Indiana. For more information, contact Judith Cebula, Communications Director at communications@lei.org.

Indiana United Ways is the state association for United Ways in Indiana that supports thriving United Ways through capacity building, shared services, and partnering. For more information, contact Maureen Noe, President & CEO at Maureen.noe@iuw.org.