Monroe County United Ministries, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Human Services

Location: 827 W 14th Court Bloomington IN 47404 USA

Mission: United Ministries is a nurturing organization serving working families and those in distress by assisting with emergency needs and subsidized childcare. We provide quality education and a safe place for children, basic needs assistance for the poor, and community service opportunities.
Results: MCUM prepares children for success in school. Children in our program are more likely to graduate from high school and go to college. They are less likely to repeat grades or need remedial services from the public school system. MCUM prevents homelessness by providing rent, mortgage, and utility assistance to those in crisis. The Emergency Services Program encourages self-sufficiency by providing assistance during a difficult time, connecting clients to other resources, and encouraging clients to take steps to improve their financial situation.
Target demographics: low-income working families with children ages 2-12 and households experiencing a financial crisis
Direct beneficiaries per year: Our Childcare Program can enroll up to 97 preschool children. The Emergency Services Program provides basic needs assistance to more than 1,000 individual families per year.
Geographic areas served: Monroe County, Indiana
Programs: Monroe County United Ministries provides affordable childcare in a licensed and NAEYC-accredited center. The center has received four stars, the highest number possible, through Indiana's Paths to Quality assessment program and is a 5-Star recipient through the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's 5-Star Environmental Recognition Program for Child Care Facilities, which ensures child care providers have taken steps to reduce and eliminate hazards that can cause permanent, long term developmental problems in young children.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Monroe County United Ministries is a wonderful organization! My husband and I have attended many of the events that MCUM has sponsored, and there is an amazing amount of sharing and giving from the volunteers. The community is well-served by this organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

What an amazing place for children! Both my boys attended while my husband was in grad school. Of course I shopped around for the best preschool and nothing compared to mcum. What a blessing!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

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Rating: 5 stars  

MCUM is truly a great organization. They are really committed to helping out the families in Monroe County. They have great programs to help their clients, the classroom for the childcare programs are wonderful, and all the people who work there are the nicest people you could meet! I have volunteered in both the food pantry and in one of the classrooms, since it was required for a group I am a part of at IU, but I really and truly loved it, and felt like I was doing a good thing for the community by giving my time to this organization!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a student at Indiana University, I witnessed firsthand the commitment and dedication to Bloomington families from MCUM's staff, volunteers, and board of directors. MCUM is very in touch with the clients and children they serve--they really understand the needs of the local community and the services they offer (emergency assistance and affordable childcare) really reflect that. They provide a sense of stability to families who may be overwhelmed and anxious about making ends meet. When it comes to donations, MCUM is a wonderful steward of the gifts it receives, whether they be financial gifts or in-kind goods!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter attended pre-school through the child care program at MCUM for over 2 years. MCUM determines its childcare fees on a sliding scale, based on income. As a single mother who is just a little bit "too rich" to qualify for any assistance of any kind, the affordable childcare offered by MCUM was essential for me being able to support my daugther while still working full time. The teachers and staff at MCUM are so caring and wonderful that I never felt like I was receiving a "discounted" service. The care that these kids get really gives them a foundation for learning and gives them a great start that they might not otherwise have. From what I have seen, MCUM makes the most of every donation it receives. Nothing is wasted. No one is profiting from this organization except for the folks that it serves.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The cute smiling face of my little girl.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only thing I could suggest is making sure that everyone in the community knows what a great organization this is in order to get more support.

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Rating: 5 stars  

15 people found this review helpful

I truly believe in the mission of Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM), which is why I try to give what I can each year. Being there, you can see the difference they are making in the community. Whether it's providing counseling, toiletries, daycare, or food, MCUM employees do it with a smile and all their effort.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the children who attend daycare and the people who come in for advice and food.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the personal attention to everyone they interact with.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic, helpful, kind, and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide for everyone in Monroe County!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

17 people found this review helpful

MCUM is a great organization that really makes Bloomington a better place. It is an organization that is small enough to connect to people as individuals, and has employees who are dedicated and professional enough to make a difference in the lives of the people they are helping. With MCUM, I can really see that my money is going towards the community. My contribution is not lost in some annual report, and MCUM does not treat its clients like they are statistics.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The lives of struggling families who are able to make ends meet or to provide childcare for their children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The personal touch...MCUM really does care for its community and really does connect to individuals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind, dedicated, and striving to make the world a better place.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help to lift many more people out of the struggles of hunger and poverty.

Ways to make it better...

I could have given more.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Maintaining funding and awareness in an increasingly difficult time.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I really appreciate that there are organizations like MCUM in the world! It might not be a gigantic organization or have gobs of money, but it makes more of a difference than the organizations that are and do.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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