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Youth Day of Caring

Each year hundreds of residents become more engaged with Perry County's non-profit organizations through volunteerism opportunities created by United Way of Perry County.  Whether it is clearing trails at a camp for the disabled, painting playground equipment at a local park, or exercising dogs and cleaning animal cages for the animal shelter, our "Youth Day of Caring" volunteers learn to appreciate the work done by our local non-profits to create a stronger community.  

Each year United Way of Perry County hosts a "Youth Day of Caring" for all junior and senior high youth and their adult chaperones in Perry County.  UWPC coordinates hands-on service projects at non-profit organizations and parks all over Perry County.  Adult and youth volunteers from churches, youth serving organizations, service clubs, scout groups, school councils, etc. join us for an afternoon of service for our community on the first Sunday of November every year.  It's a great opportunity to serve and have fun while you are helping local non-profits.

Contact the United Way office for materials concerning Youth Day of Caring by calling 812.547.2577 or emailing

Stuff the Bus

All children in Perry County are prepared to succeed in school from "day one" thanks to the generous donations of new school supplies from our community residents!  

United Way of Perry County coordinates the "Stuff the Bus" multi-county school supply drive for families in need in our area each year.  School systems are invited to provide buses and volunteers to help collect the donated school supplies from shoppers at Walmart each July.  All the new supplies are donated to each school system to distribute to families who need assistance to provide the necessary school supplies for their children.  


United Way of Perry County collects any monetary donations for new supplies as well.  The monetary donations are sent to the schools to purchase additional items for their students.  To volunteer to work at "Stuff the Bus" or to donate new school supplies prior to the drive, contact our office at 812.547.2577 or via email at  Check out this year's date on our calendar.



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Programs of the United Way of Perry County

The United Way of Perry County coordinates five programs in our community, as well as making grants to local non-profit organizations.  Please take a moment to read about each program and the impact it is making in our communities.

Other resources available in Perry County are listed in this brochure:  Perry County Assistance Brochure.

Holiday Helpers United

Families experience hope and reassurance when they can share the joy of Christmas with their family without worry, thanks to the donations from our generous community through United Way of Perry County's "Holiday Helpers United" program.  

"Holiday Helpers United" is a Christmas Assistance Program, that involves many partners in our county, that is available to families in need in Perry County.  Applicants must be referred by one of our partners who can verify a family's need for assistance.  Our referring partners are:  Perry County Department of Child Services caseworkers; Perry County FSSA caseworker; Perry Central Schools (Jackie Colucci & Kelly Cash); William Tell Elementary (Sally Wolfe & Stacy Fleck); Tell City Jr-Sr. High School (Cindia Ress & Jennifer Chestnut); Cannelton Schools (Jane Hayden); Lincoln Hills Healthy Familes caseworkers; Perry County Head Start and Early Head Start teachers; Perry County WIC nurse; and Catholic Charities.

The program provides gifts valued at about $50 to every child approved for the program.  Children birth to age 18 (as long as they are currently enrolled in school) of families in needs are eligible for the program.  A child's information is put on "Angel" Trees at Old National Bank, Fifth Third Bank, German American Bank and at Wal-Mart.  Angels are chosen at these locations or can be "adopted" before going on the trees by calling Rebecca Fenn at the United Way office at 812.547.2577, BEFORE the week of Thanksgiving.  All gifts are donated by the public.  Monetary donations may be made to "Holiday Helpers United" and mailed to UWPC at P.O. Box 73, Tell City, IN 47586 to help us purchase gifts for the "angels" who do not get "adopted."  Gifts are distributed in early to mid December in several locations:  Old National Bank, Perry Central School, William Tell Elementary and at the United Way office.  Postcards are sent to applicants to let them know where their pick up location will be.

Donations of new toys may be made to our partners at Toys for Tots in the boxes located in various stores throughout the county during the Christmas season.  Toys for Tots gives these toys to UWPC to fill the "angel" requests of the un-adopted children.  New toy donations may be made directly to UWPC also.

Coats, mittens/gloves, hats, and blankets are collected and distributed by our partners at Catholic Charities.  Contact Joan Hess at 812.547.0903 or via e-mail to donate used or new coats, mittens/gloves, hats, or blankets.

Christmas Food baskets are provided by our partners in the Tell City Kiwanis Club.  Referrals are made for the program by the Tell City Housing Authority, Cannelton Cottonmill Apartment staff, Can-Do Apartment staff, Lincoln Hills Elderly Housing staff, and Golden Year Apartments staff.  Those needing food assistance may also sign up for a basket by calling the United Way of Perry County office at 812.547.2577 after Thanksgiving.

Thanskgiving meals are provided by Evangelical United Church of Christ.  Meals may be enjoyed with others at the Fellowship Hall on Thanksgiving or can be delivered by calling 812.547.7059 before Thanksgiving.

Volunteers are always welcomed by United Way at this time of year to help sort the gifts or to shop for toys for children.  If your group is interested in donating time to help sort or shop, please contact Rebecca Fenn by mid November to be put on the schedule.

FamilyWize Prescription Discount Cards

Since 2008, fewer families in Perry and Crawford Counties have had to choose between food or medicine.  

The "FamilyWize Prescription Discount Cards" program has enabled families without prescription insurance to have the opportunity for better health.  The cards are FREE to the public and can help those without prescription insurance receive discounts on their prescription medicines.   Each card is good for 4 years and can be used at any local pharmacy.  Click here to get your FREE Card.  No printer?  Just Text “Family” to 700700 to have your Free FamilyWize card information texted to your phone. 

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Imagine, 400 children running to their mailboxes each month in anticipation of reading their newest Dolly Parton Imagination Library book...a free gift from our community and the United Way of Perry County!  That means 4 children who will enter Kindergarten excited about reading and ready to learn...the basic building block for a good education.  

The "Dolly Parton's Imagination Library" program is our early literacy program that provides FREE books to children 0 to age 5 who are enrolled in the program.  Age appropriate books are mailed to the child's home.  It is very important that parents let us know when they move somewhere else in the county.  The United Way of Perry County pays for the cost of the books to be mailed by the Dollywood Foundation.

To be eligible, the child MUST LIVE in Perry County and be between 0-5.  Sorry grandparents you cannot sign up your grandchild to receive books at your address in Perry County.  Click here to download our DPIL registration form and survey.  

Businesses and organizations are welcome and encouraged make donations to help fund this program.  A $500 donation will give you a monthly sponsorship and allow your business/organization's name to be placed on each book...that's over 400 books telling the residents of Perry County that you believe in the importance of literacy and reading!  To make a donation, mail your check to "Dolly Parton's Imagination Library" or "DPIL" for short to the United Way of Perry County at P.O. Box 73, Tell City, IN 47586.  Or contact Rebecca Fenn at 812.547.2577 or by email at to set up a photo opportunity with your donation.  Click here to see Dolly Parton's Imagination Library website.


Wm. Tell Elementary

Riverside Diner

Schreiber Family Charities

State Farm Insurance

Tell City First Baptist ABW

Tell City Lions Club

Tell City Kiwanis Club

Tri-Kappa Associates

Mu Gamma Sorority

Mu Lambda Sorority

Mulzer Foundation

German American Bank

Golden Living Center

Kiwanis Foundation

Legacy Financial Group

PCCF Women for Women

PCHS Honor Society

Tri-Kappa Sorority

Perry County Retired Teachers

Perry Central Schools

Perry Central Optimist Club

Perry County Junior Women

Butler Family Dentistry

Chicago's Pizza

Delta Kappa Gamma Society

Fifth Third Bank 

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