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Your United Way Impact In 2017

With the assistance of our United Way family – our many volunteers and contributors – we were able to realize the following accomplishments during 2017.

  • Received clean Audit for calendar year ending 12/31/16 (UW and CFC).
  • Completed United Way Worldwide’s 2017 Membership Certification.
  • Updated Policy and Procedure Manual and created interactive online manual.
  • Successfully secured sponsorships to support campaign kickoffs, annual meeting, Loaned Professionals, and other United Way special events, thus providing a cost savings for United Way.
  • Hosted a reception for current and potential Tocqueville Society members and gained six new members. Tocqueville Society members are individuals who give annually at the $10,000 level and their gifts provide leverage for building leadership gifts at lower levels.
  • Continued to work with Community Foundation and other granting agencies to accomplish better alignment of nonprofit resources by reducing programmatic duplication and fragmentation of program services.
  • Began development of a plan in the Harrisburg area focusing on single parent households, particularly those headed by females because of the 2015 capacities and needs assessment survey and current asset mapping.
  • Updated the current strategic plan to better align with resources and economic conditions.
  • Finalized the establishment of a planned giving and endowment program and began strategy for silent solicitation.
  • Expanded Caring Club with seven new merchants and rebranded the entire program.
  • Expanded Club Car’s 6th Annual United Way Charity Classic to break previous records, raising over $162,000 in June 2017.
  • Implemented new donation event, Gather to Give November, and participated in Georgia Gives Day raising over $ 5,700.
  • Expanded social media campaign via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
  • Achieved consistent monthly increases in 2-1-1 contact volume. Handled 19,000 calls, and 38,272 online database searches occurred.
  • Collaborated with WellCare, Walgreens, Amerigroup, FamilyWize, and Medical Associates Plus to host the second Fall Flu Clinic and Resource Fair providing free flu vaccinations to over 75 participants.
  • Launched free 2-1-1 text service. Residents can text 898211 for information on how to reach 2-1-1 in their service area. • Saved the community $189,989 in prescription drug costs through the FamilyWize program ($2,018,302 saved since its inception in July 2009). Cards have been used 6,005 times throughout five local counties.
  • Hosted 2-1-1’s 21 Days of Kindness Toiletry Collection Project with 3,827 items collected, valued at $5,377. Items were distributed to community partners and at community fairs to benefit the local community.
  • Conducted “Operation Seats and Feet Underwear & Sock Drive” with assistance of five local churches, the Area Agency on Aging and Disability, Palmetto GBA, and others. Collected 3,675 pairs of boys and girls underwear and 3,654 pairs of boys and girls socks which were distributed to schools in Columbia, Richmond, and Burke County as well the Department of Juvenile Justice, Harlem Head Start, and Concerned Women, Inc.
  • Conducted Project Serve day of caring with 400 volunteers from 20 companies completing 3,000 hours of volunteer service, valued at $73,170, at 19 nonprofit agencies.
  • Recruited 13 new VISTA members to work with low-performing elementary schools and in the Mayor’s Office with the My Brother’s Keeper Program.
  • Partnered with schools in outlying counties to serve 1,887 children with early learning development program.
  • Established partnership with Quality Inn-Medical Center Area and The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope to provide emergency shelter vouchers to homeless families. • Provided emergency assistance to 432 individuals through ESG (Emergency Solutions Grant) and Kicks 99 funds.
  • Administered EFSP grant valued at $105,634 to nine local agencies.
  • Implemented an inaugural Book Bash with 6,652 books collected and distributed to local children. 150 children attended the event to kickoff summer reading programs in the area.
  • Hosted Stuff the Bus school supply drives at three locations and collected over 32,400 school supplies valued at over $45,000. Supplies were distributed to children in Burke, Columbia, Lincoln, and Richmond Counties.
  • Coordinated FEED THE CHILDREN distribution project in partnership with Teleperformance. Distributed food and personal hygiene items valued at $94,271 to 400 persons identified as in need of assistance.