In a wide ranging interview with Amos, top leaders of the United Way of Central Indiana addressed the growing numbers of Indianapolis and Central Indiana residents living below the poverty level. United Way President/CEO Ann Murtlow talked with Amos and Abdul about the Indy’s growing poverty, which Amos documented in a recent report. Of the 20 largest cities in America, Indy ranks 11th in the overall percentage of people living in poverty. Indianapolis also ranks 9th in the percentage of children under 18 living in poverty, 8th in the percentage of African-Americans in poverty and 4th in the percentage of whites living in poverty.
Murtlow was joined by United Way Senior/VP for Community Planning & Strategic Initiatives Jay Geshay. Murtlow and Geshay talked about United Way’s efforts at working to fund the efforts of United Way agencies in helping provide some social safety nets for Indianapolis area poor and working poor families. Since the majority of those living in poverty in Indianapolis are employed. Both United Way leaders also discussed their continuing efforts to encourage the Indiana Legislature to increase opportunities for quality child care opportunities for poor and working poor families. On the question of financial pressures of some of the city’s multi-service (Community) Centers, Geshay and Murtlow acknowledged it was a problem that United Way is trying to address. Both United Way leaders also pointed out the difficulties the United Way has in raising the millions needed for their annual campaign to raise money to assist scores of non-profit agencies in the six counties the United Way of Central Indiana serves. Click the Arrow to Hear the Interview with United Way Executives Ann Murtlow and Jay Geshay. Runs 48 Minutes ©2014 WTLC/Radio One.