Put the power of teamwork into action for our community through your United Way support. Together we improve lives by focusing on the fundamentals – education, financial stability, and health.
Education is an important focus of United Way of Greater St. Joseph. Donor dollars are working to help people of all ages reach their potential through a variety of educational pursuits that will, in turn, strengthen our community. We support quality early learning, youth education in and out of the classroom and a variety of other instruction for life-long learning.
Health is an important focus of United Way. In the Greater St. Joseph Area, campaign contributions help infants through the elderly improve their physical and mental well-being. Health is promoted through fitness and wellness activities, nutrition and in-home services, counseling, and other important programs. Good health is crucial for everyone.
Stable household finances are important for daily living, which is why United Way focuses on financial stability. United Way supports efforts for families and individuals in crisis to get back on their feet. Thanks to donors, United Way of Greater St. Joseph’s financial stability efforts include food, disaster relief, information and referral, and different shelter services related to homelessness or abuse. Together with Partner Agencies and community leaders, United Way also works to prevent financial situations from becoming problems in the first place.
Here’s a small glimpse of how your donation made an impact in area lives last year:
- 634 children received early care and education to help them begin their school years ready
- 165 children with a disability or special need and their families received services that
helped the children work toward important developmental milestones.
- 383 families and caregivers were educated about car seats and proper installation to keep
children safe while riding in motor vehicles.
- Through education, 131 parents with at-risk pregnancies improved their ability to provide
quality parenting for their infants.
- 1,007 students participated in after-school youth programs.
- 209 incoming kindergartners and their families participated in programs to equip them for school success.
- More than 130 children read with volunteers to help maintain reading skills
- 992 people were certified as lifeguards, lifeguard instructors, or swimming instructors.
- 67 teen parents continued on with their education or employment throughout pregnancy and after delivery.
- 407 adults were trained about issues related to occupational safety.
- 3,699 youth built character, knowledge, and skills through scouting.
- 200,089 documented volunteer community service hours were completed through scouting.
- 114 at-risk children were impacted by a positive adult mentor.
- 25 adults developed skills to be effective leaders in the community.
- Area businesses partnered with 60 students in grades 7 through 12 to improve the education level of the potential and current workforce.
- 1,179 students received new shoes at the beginning of the school year.
- 84 young men earned Eagle Scout rank, the highest scouting rank.
- 65 adults with disabilities participated in life skills training.
- 2,831 school-age children attended camp for summer enrichment learning and positive activities.
- 4,787 adults and children received needed mental health services (4,027 adults/760 children).
- 528 senior adults received 109,509 nutritious meals to help maintain health.
- 624 women received mammograms.
- More than $21,100,000 in uncompensated medical care was provided to Buchanan County children.
- 1,231 people worked through alcohol and drug addiction recovery.
- 215 people received counseling related to sexual violence.
- 368 children learned how to stay safe while living on or visiting a farm.
- 1,277 high school students pledged not to drink and drive.
- Youth and adults completed 482 swimming lessons.
- 228 young children and teens increased knowledge of safety issues by attending Safety Town.
- 413 women and their children who were victims of domestic or sexual violence received emergency shelter, and 79 were housed in permanent supportive or transitional housing.
- More than 280 people without the ability to pay received needed counseling and psychiatric services.
- 62 orders of protection were secured to keep families safe.
- 338 senior citizens remained in their residences, avoiding nursing home placement, due to in-home services.
- 86 seniors kept active through 10,260 hours of volunteer service.
- FINANCIAL STABILITY
- 876 men, women, and children received 32,975 nights of emergency shelter.
- 221 people received budget counseling to help them through financial crisis.
- 361 low-income or elderly people were represented in court at no cost for non-criminal cases.
- 169 previously homeless households lived in transitional, permanent, or supportive housing.
- 1,533 people received $1,256,261 in tax refunds through free tax preparation.
- 761 children from low-income families received school supplies.
- 102 adults with disabilities held jobs through sheltered and supported employment.
- More than $226,ooo was saved by area residents on prescription medication with a prescription discount card.
- Immediate disaster needs were met for 89 families.
- More than 6,000 people received clothing they needed at no cost.
- 14 immigrants became U.S. citizens or legal, permanent residents.
- 111 people filed proper documentation to successfully maintain legal status or attain citizenship.
- 71 seniors were transported to medical appointments and community activities.
- Earned Income Tax Credits were filed for 206 people through free tax preparation, resulting in $134,381 in returned refunds.
- 786 people provided Christmas to 792 families and individuals in need.
- Nearly 130 volunteers guided decisions for $3.1 million distributed in our community.
- 2,000 smoke alarms were installed in residences to help keep people safe in case of fire.
- More than 11,300 referrals were made to people seeking needed service resources.