TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The United Way of the Wabash Valley is currently organizing several initiatives to help educate the community.

Educating About Substance Use Disorders is a program that works to spread awareness and educate the community.

The Substance Use Disorder Impact Council is making $45,000 dollars available with grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 dollars.

The goal is to help people gain a better understanding of what substance use disorders are, provide educational programming, and reduce stigmas.

Another initiative is a campaign called Paving the Road that focuses more on telling the stories of those who have struggled with substance abuse.

It’s an original campaign on our website that’s funded by a federal grant that tries to humanize substance disorders through telling the stories of people who are in long-term recovery and by sharing the resources that are available, particularly in our rural counties,” Dorothy Chambers United Way of the Wabash Valley Community Impact Manager said.

Chambers also noted there will be a meeting on November 8 at 5:30 at the United Way to learn more about the project as well as how to access the online application site.

United Way is also working to expand their Book Nooks program, which creates safe, engaging places for children and families to learn and read together while they’re waiting for things like laundry to wash and dry.

“Giving them something to do without playing on a phone whether sitting in waiting. We’re really hoping to kind of expand that out so that when they’re out some of these other locations. I mean think about if you’re a parent and you’ve ever had a kid that isn’t happy about waiting. Hey what’s the best thing you can do? You can read to them, show them a book show them some pictures have a conversation with them,” said Michele Bennett, United Way of the Wabash Valley Community Impact Specialist.

Each nook is supplied with a set of start-up books and is replenished as children take them home to keep reading. The United Way is also seeking donations to support the expansion of the program.

To learn more on how you can help, go to the United Way’s website here.