United Way works for a healthier America
Physical and mental health is an important part of a thriving community, and United Way is working to ensure that everyone has access to affordable and quality care. We are supporting programs that not only directly help to improve your physical health, such as exercise and better nutrition, but also help with transportation and prescription costs. United Way is building healthier, more resilient communities by promoting healthy eating and physical activity, expanding access to quality health care and integrating health into early childhood development.
In Knox county, we support initiatives that improve the overall health of the population, such as
- Keep Vincennes Rolling,
- Matter of Balance exercise training to prevent falls by Generations,
- Mental Health America emphasizes the importance of the early years 0-3 on mental and physical health, especially in brain development,
- Bettye J. McCormick Senior Center at YMCA offers activities and space for individuals with or without disabilities, older and younger,
- local food pantries,
- Meals on Wheels by Generations,
- Blue Jeans Center provides community meals and a safe space during weather emergencies,
- access to medical services through VanGo or
- Access to Healthcare program by Good Samaritan Hospital, and
- we fight against substance abuse through programs like L.A.M. (Life After Meth)
- to help with prescription costs, citizens of Knox County can apply for Familywize program, which offers free discount prescription cards,
- Red Cross helps to keep people safe by distributing free smoke alarms and organizing blood drives.
In Crawford county, these agencies support better health outcomes through their programs:
Ø CAISA – (Counseling and Information for Sexual Assault and Abuse) - Provides direct services to clients who have been victims of sexual assault. CAISA provides therapeutic services, advocacy, and education/prevention services as well.
Ø SWAN – (Stopping Women Abuse Now) – Provides crisis intervention, shelter, and case management services of victims of domestic violence as well as prevention services.
Ø Guardian Center/Healing Harbor – Program that addresses the needs of children and adolescents that are victims of physical and sexual abuse.
Ø ReNEW – are services provided to users of the Crawford County Drug Court including case management, drug screening, and education programs.
Ø Drug Education to the Schools – In the past year, The United Way of Crawford County has also partnered with Crawford Memorial Hospital to bring prevention programs to the county schools for drug prevention.