The United Way of Central Indiana has announced the recipients of the first round of The Basic Needs Fund, which aims to combat poverty in the region by partnering with local organizations that connect Hoosiers to housing, food, health and transportation. United Way’s Executive Committee of the Board has approved $4 million in unrestricted grants for the winning 47 organizations.

“The Basic Needs Fund gives community-based organizations an opportunity to use funds to achieve targeted outcomes,” said Nate Lichti, senior director of the Basic Needs Fund, in a news release. “The goal is to stabilize families in crisis, maintain services for our most vulnerable neighbors, and provide a hand up to those individuals ready and able to thrive, and not just survive."

Recipients of the funds agree to regularly report and update United Way of Central Indiana on how the support is making an impact on the individuals and families they serve.

The round one recipients include:

  • Alternatives Incorporated
  • AYS, Inc.
  • Boone County Senior Services, Inc.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Hancock County
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis
  • Catholic Charities Indianapolis
  • Children’s Bureau, Inc.
  • Christamore House Family and Community Center
  • Community Alliance of the Far Eastside, Inc. (CAFE)
  • Concord Neighborhood Center
  • Easterseals Crossroads
  • Edna Martin Christian Center, Inc.
  • Families First
  • Fathers and Families Center
  • Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center at Crooked Creek
  • Flanner House of Indianapolis, Inc.
  • Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana
  • Hancock County Senior Services
  • Hendricks County Senior Services
  • Horizon House
  • HVAF of Indiana, Inc.
  • Indiana Legal Services, Inc.
  • Indiana Youth Group (IYG)
  • Indianapolis Urban League
  • John H. Boner Community Center
  • La Plaza
  • Little Red Door Cancer Agency
  • Lutheran Child & Family Services
  • The Martin Center-Sickle Cell Initiative
  • Martin Luther King Community Center
  • Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center
  • Meals on Wheels of Hancock County
  • Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic
  • Noble
  • PACE, Inc. (Public Advocates in Community Re-Entry)
  • PrimeLife Enrichment
  • Reach for Youth, Inc.
  • Second Helpings, Inc.
  • Sheltering Wings
  • St. Mary’s Child Center
  • The Damien Center, Inc.
  • The Julian Center, Inc.
  • The Salvation Army 
  • The Villages
  • Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana
  • WellSpring Center