There's even more cause for celebration this holiday season. Our three brilliant and faithful Accounting interns will be completing their studies in December at IUSB. Zhe Hu, Amoin Marthe Kouame and Shanshan Gao will all be graduating with a Masters in Accounting. Excellent job and we can't thank you enough for all your help! Learn about our financial interns in their own words and hear what's up next for each of them...

Shanshan Gao --- I have worked with UWSJC since March 2014. Thanks to United Way for giving me the internship. This is my first accounting internship in the U.S. I'm very proud of working for a nonprofit organization. Everyone is super friendly. As an internship, I have observed how employees interact and learned the expectations of entry-level accounting and bookkeeping.

At present, I'm planning to try to find a job after graduation in the U.S. and am preparing for related professional exams. Finding a job in the U.S. won't be easy for me, but I hope all goes well!


Amoin Marthe Kouame --- I am from Ivory Coast and my first language is French. I came to the United States to learn English and Accounting. Right now, I am a tutor in French and Accounting at IUSB. I am also the treasurer of the International Student Organization of IUSB. I started working at United Way in July 2013. Working at United Way helped me build self-confidence, self-esteem and be more ambitious. Also, the employees of United Way are very friendly and it is a pleasure for me to work with them.

After graduating, I plan to look for a job and take the certified public accountant exam in the future.


Zhe Hu --- I feel it is a precious experience to work for a nonprofit organization such as United Way. The working environment is friendly and the people are all very nice. Being with UW for almost two years, I‘m quite impressed by how dedicated everyone is to their work and how passonate they are to helping out the community. I am proud to be a part of your group.

After my graduation this December, I will probably start looking for jobs in this area. Hopefully I can get a part-time job in accounting for the next year and still have some time to take care of our new baby and my family. I would be glad to work for a charitable organization if I get the chance. For now I don’t plan to become a CPA, but I will perhaps take the exam in the future.




SOUTH BEND, Ind. – United Way of St. Joseph County (UWSJC) has recently received grants totaling $20,000 from the John, Anna and Martha Jane Fields Trust Foundation and the Stanley A. and Flora P. Clark Foundation to support a collective impact initiative seeking to reduce childhood obesity in St. Joseph County.

“The project will target low-income children attending South Bend schools identified as being obese by physicians and provide a free program of physical activity and nutrition education to lower obesity rates and risk factors for poor health,” explained United Way President and CEO Matt Harrington.

The grants will help fund the position of a community health worker to build individual and community capacity through outreach, education, counseling, social support and advocacy. Maggie Gibney, a South Bend native who is following in the footsteps of her late father Jeff Gibney in serving the St. Joseph County Community, is serving as the community health worker. 

UWSJC is partnering with nine clinics—Indiana Health Center, HealthLinc, E. Blaire Warner, Community Pediatric Physicians (St. Joseph Regional Medical Center), Navarre Pediatrics (Granger), St. Joseph Regional Medical Center (Granger), Centennial Clinic, Family Medicine of South Bend (University Commons) and WIC as well as the Kroc Center, the O'Brien Center and Charles Martin Youth Center will all serve as integral partners in this project.

For more information regarding the initiative visit click here.


 IN211 is gearing up for second year of Open Enrollment
 Indiana 211 Partnership (IN211) continues to pre-screen and refer callers for healthcare options. The graphic below illustrates the thousands of callers informed, screened and referred in the first nine months of 2014.
Additionally, IN211 maintains detailed information about health insurance Navigators and Outreach and Enrollment events throughout the state. If you are a healthcare provider, have you updated your information in the IN211 database or event calendar to ensure appropriate referrals? If you are a service provider that works with consumers, have you checked out the Open Enrollment Dates or events near you?


This holiday season, the Morris Inn wants to show how thankful they are for their guests by letting them name their own rates! Upon check out, guests may pay what they think their stay was worth. 

And in the spirit of giving, the Morris Inn will donate 10% of each stay to United Way to help reduce poverty in St. Joseph County! 
For reservations, call 800.280.7256 and ask for the '12 Days' rate. 
Offer valid December 19-30, 2014. Taxes will be assessed upon check out. Rate of the day will be charged if guest does not check out at Front Desk.