FINANCIAL STABILITY-FOCUSED SPECIAL INITIATIVES
MLK Service Day Project
VISTA-Lead Toiletry Collection and Distribution Event
Each year our AmeriCorps VISTAs partner with local businesses, schools, and churches to collect much-needed toiletries (from October to January) for our area homeless or severely impoverished.
In 2017, over 1,800 personal hygiene kits were distributed to homeless individuals and families. Additionally, United Way provided boxes of toiletry items to eight (8) partner agencies and four (4) severely impoverished local elementary schools. To learn how you can participate CLICK HERE .
Career & Resource Fairs
Multiple Collaborations at Local Agency Fairs
Between our AmeriCorps VISTAs and 2-1-1 Referral Department, our United Way participates in over 15 career and resource fairs across our service area each year. Our VISTAs organize and host three to four career fairs a year in local churches and high schools to ensure our community has the knowledge and information as they take the next step in there career.
If you have a career or resource fair coming up and would like to have United Way, our VISTAs, or 2-1-1 attend, please send us an email .
Free Prescription Discount Program
FamilyWize negotiates discounts on prescription drugs at pharmacies nationwide, including the major chains like Walgreens and CVS. In return, they are able to offer a lower price through their card. United Way has a nationwide partnership to distribute the FamilyWize prescription discount card (that is not insurance) to our volunteers, donors, and citizens of our service area in hope to bring affordable prescriptions to all households.
Since 2009, over $2 million dollars have been saved through this program in the CSRA. Last year in 2017, residents saved a total of $189,989 on their prescriptions.
To learn more, please visit www.familywize.org .
To download a copy of the prescription discount card CLICK HERE.
Gather to Give November - Community Coin Wars
Annual Community Coin Collection Drive
In November 2017, United Way launched its first ever Community Coin War initiative called "Gather to Give." Over 50 coin jars and $5,800 worth of coins were collected from local small businesses, elementary schools, and churches.
While the focus was to engage our next generation of volunteers and donors, schools and civic groups took this as an opportunity to educate our young generations on the importance and need for local philanthropy. Many children, after hearing how they could make an impact right here at home, donated their allowance and took pride in participating in something bigger than them.
Helping Those in Need for the Holidays
The mission of the Christmas Clearinghouse is to fairly distribute holiday assistance to those in need so that no family is helped by more than one agency until all needy families have been helped in our local CSRA service area. Through the use of an online system, local non-profits, faith-based, government and civic organizations check the names of their applicants to ensure they are not being served by other organizations. By reducing duplications, more individuals in need can be assisted with toys and food.
In 2017, over 7,600 individuals (representing 2,100 families) in the CSRA received assistance through clearinghouse partners.
Help us spread Christmas cheer to more families – CLICK HERE to let us know you want to participate.