The boards of United Way of Central Indiana and United Way of Putnam County have voted to combine operations as United Way of Central Indiana. The organization serves Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion, Morgan and Putnam counties.

UWCI and UWPC say they believe the merger will maximize impact for residents in need in Putnam County, as well as offer more engagement opportunities for donors and volunteers, and ensure long-term sustainability for United Way’s work in the central Indiana region.

“United Way of Central Indiana is pleased and proud to unite with Putnam County,” said Ann Murtlow, president of UWCI. “This is the perfect time and opportunity to expand on the missions of both organizations – leveraging our combined resources to help improve more lives in Putnam County and throughout our Central Indiana area, especially now as our entire community rebounds and recovers from the health and economic effects of COVID-19.”

UWCI says it will be working with UWPC partner organizations to become integrated into UWCI’s impact work. The integration will provide access to a variety of community impact resources, including data and research, advocacy and public policy, thought leadership in the human services industry and grants.

“We are thrilled about this opportunity and the positive impact it will bring to Putnam County,” said Heather Taylor, UWPC Board President. “UWCI is a trusted leader throughout the region and are doing amazing things in neighboring counties. We have no doubt this decision will create meaningful change in our community by maximizing our efforts to improve the health, education, and financial stability of every Putnam County resident.”

Chris Flegal, executive director of UWPC, will join UWCI’s team as the director of community relations for Putnam, Morgan and Hendricks counties. UWPC board and committee members are expected to stay involved as key advisors and advocates for the people of Putnam County.

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