Your United Way Impact In 2016
With the assistance of our United Way family – our many volunteers and contributors – we were able to realize the following accomplishments during 2016.
- Received a clean Audit for calendar year ending December 31, 2015 (UW and CFC).
- Completed United Way Worldwide’s 2016 Membership Certification.
- Analyzed results from the 2015 capacities and needs assessment to provide information and guidance in the planning and funding of resources. United Way will be using the information to make funding decisions, to determine which problem areas and issues need priority status, to initiate and collaborate in the community problem-solving endeavors, to influence public policy, and to focus public awareness on unmet needs.
- Hosted annual day-of-caring event to include 46 companies and organizations with 430 volunteers participating in 27 local “hands-on” projects at 22 nonprofit agencies. This was the largest Project Serve United Way has ever had….more volunteers in more companies and more projects at more agencies.
- Expanded the Christmas Clearinghouse program to reach over 10,608 individuals, representing 3,139 families, in need of holiday assistance.
- Implemented seven new rural programs through collaboration with Georgia Family Connection partnership to address early learning interventions.
- Formed a partnership with Richmond School System and the Board of Education to re-launch Born Learning as an AmeriCorps VISTA project. Recruited 13 New AmeriCorps VISTA members as a part of implementing the new VISTA project.
- Established a series of Financial Education Seminars in partnership with GreenPath, Inc. and garnered participation and funding from Fifth Third Bank and Wells Fargo.
- Initiated the process to establish a Volunteer Software Database that will be available for the entire CSRA
- Engaged 11,672 CSRA volunteers through the AmeriCorps VISTA projects for 2016, and $280,902 was obtained by VISTA members through grants, local funding streams, and in-kind donations for CSRA nonprofits to support health and human service programs.
- Achieved consistent monthly increases in 2-1-1 contact volume with Information and Referral Specialists handling 18,441 calls and 22,543 online database searches.
- Working with other 2-1-1’s and United Way Worldwide to launch 2-1-1 text services.
- Saved the community $226,366 in prescription drug costs through the FamilyWize program ($1,800,061 saved since its inception in July 2009). These free-of-charge prescription discount cards have been used 7,545 times throughout five local counties.
- Successfully constructed fleece blankets, through 2-1-1 with the assistance of staff and volunteers, to distribute at the Homeless Stand Down Event. Over 70 fair attendees were recipients of the blankets to include men, women, and children.
- Continued research and outreach efforts to diversify funding streams. Secured $564,029 in grant resources (cash and in-kind) during this calendar.
- Received 23,900 hours of service from 2,080 volunteers who generously devoted their time, talent, and energy to produce results and help advance United Way’s mission in 2016.
- Benefitted from the most successful Annual United Way Charity Golf Classic in five years, hosted by Club Car, raising approximately $140,000 for the campaign.
- Hosted the 9th annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive, which collected supplies, valued at over $48,000 (33,500+ items) for students in Burke, Columbia, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, Richmond, Wilkes, and Warren Counties. This was the largest Stuff the Bus ever.