UNITED WAY OF THE CSRA ANNOUNCES 2013 COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS

(AUGUSTA) –  On May 23, 2013, United Way of the CSRA announced its decisions regarding the awarding of funds contributed during its 2012 campaign.

Donations to the United Way campaign totaled $3,442,516 and donations to the Combined Federal Campaign totaled $711,405.   Following the conclusion of the campaigns, approximately fifty community volunteers took on the daunting task of determining how much each of the programs would receive.  United Way’s Board of Directors reviewed and approved final recommendations at its meeting on May 14, 2013.

United Way seeks to direct community resources to areas of the greatest need while measuring accountability through outcomes.  A total of 44 programs at 23 agencies were awarded funding. These programs address goals in four specific areas:

HELPING YOUTH SUCCEED:

  • Youth will have the academic, job and social skills necessary to succeed.

PROMOTING HEALTH AND WELLNESS:

  • Every person in our community will have the opportunity to achieve optimal health and wellness.

PROVIDING BASIC NEEDS:

  • Residents will have their basic needs met for food, shelter and safety.

STRENGTHENING FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS:

  • Families and individuals will become more self-sufficient and able to contribute to society.

The process began when partner agencies were asked to submit applications for programs to be funded by United Way.  Six panels of volunteers visited each of the partner agencies, met with agency representativesm and evaluated the funded programs.  In addition, each program’s outcomes were reviewed to determine the impact of the program on the community.  This citizens review process assures United Way contributors that their donations are invested in programs that work efficiently to meet the needs of the community

Partner agencies that received program funding were the America Red Cross of Augusta; Augusta Training Shop; Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA; Boy Scouts of America, Georgia-Carolina Council, Inc.; Child Enrichment, Inc.; Christ Community Health Services; Columbia County Community Connections; Communities in Schools of Burke County, Inc.;  Easter Seals of East Georgia; Family Counseling Center of the CSRA, Inc.; The Family Y;  Fireside Ministries;  Friendship Community Center; Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia; Hope House, Inc.; Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services; Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta; SafeHomes, Inc.; The Salvation Army; The Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta, and the CSRA, Georgia, Inc.; Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center, Inc.; The Speech and Hearing Center; and St. Stephen’s Ministry of Augusta, Inc.

“We commend these programs for the incredible good they do in the community” said Zack Daffin, United Way Board Chair. “Our volunteers did a wonderful job evaluating the effectiveness of the programs and wisely investing your United Way contributions.  We look forward to seeing the impact of these funds on the lives of individuals in the CSRA.”