Your contributions to United Way of the CSRA help provide funding for these vital health and human service programs that make a difference in the lives of local citizens every day.
24 Hour Crisis Intervention
SafeHomes provides a 24 hours 7 day a week crisis intervention program which includes a 16 bed facility/shelter and crisis hotline. The shelter houses women and children and provides essential needs such as shelter, safety, food, clothing, and medical care. The hotline provides the victim with community resources and immediate support.
Provides therapeutic and recreational swim and land programs designed for people of all ages with disabilities that render them unable to participate in regular swim and land activities.
Adult Volunteer Development
Provides support to adult volunteers through on-going training, recognitions and day-to-day support for continuing activities. Adults are trained to design programs that help girls build self-confidence, self-esteem, reinforce values, contribute to the community and develop leadership and life skills. Adults gain necessary skills that transfer to the workforce.
Boys & Girls Club’s afterschool program serves at-risk youth ages 6-18 in five core program areas including education and career development, character and leadership development, arts, health and life skills, and sports and recreation. All youth are able to participate in fund educational fieldtrips and receive one snack.
Armed Forces Emergency Services
Provides emergency communications, financial assistance, and referrals to members of the Armed Services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Service members are granted emergency leave during a deployment. Mental health services are provided to ease family stress and assist in a soldier’s reentry into civilian life.
Autism Support Services
Serves young adults with Autism by providing instruction in personal/social aspects of living. Provide support & coaching for higher education/employment functions and conducts once-a-month social events for program participants to further develop their social skills and network of friends. A Parent Council provides information & education for parents.
Budgeting and Credit Counseling
Provides one-on-one, professional, confidential, and customized financial literacy counseling to consumers in the CSRA. Assist consumers who are in need of guidance to reach financial goals, solve financial problems, reduce financial stress, and become better money managers.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Child Enrichment’s CASA program is assigned by Juvenile Court Judges in Burke, Columbia and Richmond Counties to represent children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or severe neglect. CASA makes sure the children are safe, attend school, obtains medical services until a permanent home is found.
Child Advocacy Center
Child Enrichment’s Child Advocacy Center is the only program in the region which specializes in the provision of therapeutic services designed to help child victims of sexual or severe physical abuse to recover from the trauma of abuse, and to help them reduce the long term symptoms of abuse.
Children’s Day Shelter
Family Promise of Augusta operates a cost free Day Care Shelter for the children of its guests. Each morning the children who are not enrolled in school or who are out of school are transported to the Day Care Center. Guests in transitional housing are still eligible for day care services.
Provides food and personal items to low income individuals and families affected by HIV / AIDS in the local service area.
Counseling and Casework Services
Educates and assists income-eligible senior adults/disabled individuals, family members/caregivers of income eligible individuals in completing an assessment to determine what benefits, including Medicare Saving Programs, they are qualified to receive and assists them in completing an appropriate application, offering guidance and/or assistance as needed.
Crisis Counseling and Advocacy
Rape Crisis Program offers comprehensive services to sexual assault victims and significant others. Professional staff and Volunteer Advocates provide a 24/7 crisis hotline; crisis counseling; information and referral; system coordination; individual and group therapy; personal advocacy; accompaniment during the forensic medical evaluation, medical appointments; and support through criminal justice system.
Dental Services Program
Provides basic dental preventive care, screenings and procedures for the uninsured and underserved of the CSRA.
Job Sampling is used to assist Ester Seals to provide training and assessment opportunities for adults with disabilities by taking them to local businesses to try different types of jobs. They are accompanied by a job coach who supervises them & assesses their readiness for additional training or community employment.
Disaster Preparation and Relief
Provides 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, emergency assistance to meet immediate needs for families affected by disaster. Prepare our citizens to respond to disasters. Work with partners to ensure that our community is prepared for large scale disaster by developing plans, conducting drills, and managing needed supplies.
Donor Hearing Aid Program
Provides used, reconditioned hearing aids, batteries, eardomes, earwax, and earmolds, to low income citizens (with no other resources). We financially counsel individuals to determine where they fall within the financial guideline for this program. They will be tested to determine their needs and fitted with a hearing aid.
Our Center of Hope provides safe temporary emergency shelter homeless men, women, and women with children. Clients also receive basic case management and referrals to various resources in the community.
Family and Individual Counseling
FCC Counseling program provides those who would not be able to afford services counseling to improve and strengthen the individual/family. Common issues include: physical/sexual abuse, relationship issues, grief, divorce, stress, family violence, depression/anxiety, ADHD/ADD, parenting-skills, financial stress, anger management, . Services impact the family for generations to come.
Columbia County Community Connections provides a weekend meal program. With the help of Golden Harvest Food Bank and 12 area churches, they assist children in Columbia County providing more than 550 weekend backpacks prepared for Columbia County students at 29 schools.
Harlem-Grovetown Afterschool Program
Provides a safe, healthy environment for at-risk elementary age children where they receive homework help, academic tutoring, enrichment activities, opportunities for career exploration, nutritional instruction and physical education. Our staff is trained to provide positive youth development that encourages children to strive to be their best.
Health and Safety Education
Provides training to help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to occupational, community, and family health and safety emergencies. Training includes CPR, First Aid, Water Safety, Lifeguarding, Babysitting, and Pet First Aid.
Health Services Program
Provides affordable, primary health care for the uninsured and the underserved of the CSRA. Specialties include Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Women’s Health. CCHSA serves adults, teens and children. Full lab services are also provided.
Income-Based Child Care
Provides child care services for children between the ages of 5-12 living in the greater Augusta area who need child care and who have been identified by national poverty guidelines as low income.
Job Skills Training
Our Job Skills Training programs for both men and women are free-of-charge, three-month commitments that gives homeless and low-income participants the opportunity to gain practical job and life skills. We cover the cost of certifications in areas like forklift operation, OSHA 10, and CPR/First Aid.
Learning for Life
Learning for Life programs are delivered through instructional (school, community organizations) settings or work-site based settings. The six instructional based programs blend character development, career education, life skills and academic learning geared to reinforce social skills. The worksite-based program, Exploring, allows youth to investigate specific careers through hands-on learning experiences.
Students in grades PreK-12 are matched with individual, class or group who serve as an adult friend or community partner to them. Mentors help each student to focus and make better decision toward their future. Mentors are trained and commit to spend at least 30 minutes per week with students.
Provides Girl Scout Program to girls in grades k-12 so girls develop values, leadership and life skills, a positive self-image and learn to contribute to their communities, to girls throughout Richmond and Columbia counties primarily residing in public housing, attending poorly performing schools or living in extremely rural area.
At our Center of Hope, shelter residents are served breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and a hot meal is provided at 4:30 p.m. daily (4:00 on Sundays) to anyone in need of an evening meal. We serve approximately 300 meals each day.
Prevention and Education
The Rape Crisis Prevention and Education Program informs the community and increases public awareness and knowledge of sexual assault by focusing on building skills and promoting attitudes, behaviors and social conditions that ultimately reduce and eliminate factors that cause or contribute to sexual violence.
Ready for Work
Homeless and low-income women are given a safe and structured residential treatment program to recover from mental health and/or substance use disorders. The program provides housing and supportive services, such as counseling, transportation, case management, and life skills. The ultimate objective is to teach them how to become self-sufficient.
Rehabilitation for Chronic Mental Illness
Friendship’s Peer Support program is a self-directed recovery based program assisting adults living with chronic mental illnesses with re-establishing and developing essential living skills, teaching them illness awareness/management, independent living fundamentals, resulting in productive integration into the community, while living the quality of life of their choice.
Senior Companion Program
Low-income senior volunteers receive a stipend and other benefits for serving as Senior Companions to homebound, older adults, and persons with disabilities who live independently. At the end of the year, the anticipated outcome is that 80% of these persons will remain in their homes.
Shelter for Families of Hospitalized Children
RMHC Augusta provides a “Home Away From Home” for families of pediatric patients who come to Augusta for medical care. We take care of everyday needs like a private room, all meals, transportation to/from the hospital and laundry so that families can focus on what’s important: the health of their child.
Sheltered Employment for the Handicapped
We offer permanent employment/ job security for local disabled adults. Our employees come to the site to work on furniture projects brought in by the general public. Our employees receive competitive wages for the work they do at the Shop. Our program promotes the development and growth of supportive employment within our community.
Summer Camp Program
Provides an eight week summer camp program that offers age appropriate, high-yield learning activities throughout the club. The camp feature programs in the areas of education, computer lab, games room, physical fitness, art, and outdoor recreation. All campers are able to participate in weekly field trips and receive lunch and one snack.
Group Counseling assists individuals in strengthening coping skills through the group forum. Participants develop a support network, feel a part of a team and learn valuable social skills. Participants learn to employ healthy coping skills to cope independently. Services aid participants in obtaining and maintaining employment.
Support Groups and Education
SafeHomes provides support groups for men, women and children who are victims of Domestic Violence. These support groups are designed to provide victims knowledge and tools to help them overcome abuse so that they can become self sufficient. Domestic Violence Education is provided to the community to help strengthen families.
Teen Leadership Training
Middle and high school students participate in a leadership initiative that promotes positive social values. Future Female Leaders, Wise Guys and Teen Scene camp (2 week camp) offers motivational workshops that focus on building self-esteem, personal accountability, critical thinking skills, goal setting, bullying prevention, community involvement and respecting self.
Therapeutic Childcare Center
Hope House is the only residential treatment facility in the CSRA that allows women to bring their children with them up to the age of 13. The children participate in the Therapeutic Childcare (TCC) Program, which is not a daycare center but a program designed to help end the cycle of substance use for the next generation. Program components include substance use prevention groups, therapeutic intervention, school-readiness skills, after-school tutoring, family involvement, safety and social skills, emotional development, referrals for mental and medical issues, and mentoring. The program gives the children a new start and a chance to be a child.
Delivered through Cub Scouting (Boys 7-11), Boy Scouting (Boys 11-18) and Venturing (Coed 14-20). A year round program that offers age appropriate activities that promote character development, physical fitness, and citizenship training. Youth develop leadership skills, outdoor skills and understand the importance of service to others.
Provides Girl Scout Leadership Experience in an informal environment to girls in grades K-12 who do not have the opportunity to experience Girl Scouts through traditional troops or through our Outreach programs. Girls develop values, leadership, life skills, a positive self-image and learn to contribute to their communities.
Fireside’s violin program operates at Heritage Academy. The program includes 3 levels of instruction in the Suzuki method. Beginners meet on Monday from 7:30 to 8:30 (15 students); Advanced class is Tuesday and Thursday (same time) 12 students; Intermediate class is Wednesday and Friday (same time) 20 students. 2nd-6th grades.
Red Cross programs are led by professional and trained volunteer personnel. The Volunteer Development program recruits, trains, utilizes, and recognizes individuals that work in and lead each line of service. The Youth Program provides leadership training and service programs for middle and high school students.
Provides sports and camp activities for children ages 3-12 living in the greater Augusta area who have been identified as at-risk due to low income as defined by federal poverty guidelines. Teaches teamwork, appreciation of diversity and the outdoors while allowing children to be physically active.