United Way planning week of activities for Live United campaign

The United Way of Bartholomew County is planning a week of activities next month to raise awareness of child poverty in the community.

According to the agency, nearly 1 in 5 children live in poverty in Bartholomew County.

The activities will coincide with the Live United Week, which is September 6th through the 9th.

Toyota and Centra Credit Union will be sponsoring a raffle that week, where you can win a meal prepared by a Toyota chef or two tickets to the Indiana Pacers season opener.

On Tuesday, Sept. 6th at 2 p.m., there will be a poverty simulator exercise at the Columbus Municipal Airport to help users understand what it might be like in a low-income household trying to make ends meet.

On Wednesday, Sept. 7th at 7 p.m. there will be Philanthropic Society Open House at Savory Swine on Washington Street where you can learn more about the United Way’s newly launched Philanthropic Societies initiative.

On Thursday, Sept. 8th there will be a kickoff event at Amazing Joes’s on Central Avenue starting at 11 a.m.

September 9th will be a day of service in the community, where volunteers help agenices and organizations complete needed projects.

The United Way is also partnering with several local restaurants to provide more information about the United Way and what the agencies do. Participating restaurants include: Bucceto’s Pizza and Pasta, The Savory Swine, Amazing Joe’s Grill, Gramz Bakery, Fresh Take Kitchen, Ramen Alley, 4th Street Bar and Grill and Thai Connection.

You can sign up for any of these events by going to uwbarthco.org and clicking on the Celebrate Live United Week with Us link. The signup for Day of Service activities will start Aug. 15th.