Michi’s son is a Cub Scout, a group supported by Monroe County United Way member agency Boy Scouts of America-Hoosier Trails. The Boy Scouts/Hoosier Trails partnership began in 2015 and has led to expanded leadership and service training, STEM learning, and personal growth opportunities. Starting Feb. 1, 2019, Boy Scouts of America will officially begin admitting girls; BSA-Hoosier Trails is already admitting girls from fifth grade through high school.
The list of member agencies also includes Area 10 Agency on Aging, Girls Incorporated of Monroe County, Hoosier Hills Food Bank, Stone Belt, and Volunteers in Medicine. Each year, Michi looks over the list of current member agencies, and typically gives to the general fund so her donations can go where they are most needed.
She is continually inspired by members of the IU community who give in ways big and small—from a colleague who stuffs United Way campaign envelopes to campus administrators who make substantial donations of time and money. “IU is so big, and I’m proud that we’re such a major donor in our community,” Michi said. “For me, giving just feels instinctive.”