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:
- 665 children attended preschool to help them begin their school years ready to learn.
- 195 children with a disability or special need and their families received services that helped the children work toward important developmental milestones.
- 54 teen mothers remained in school or an alternative program throughout pregnancy and after delivery.
- 373 adults were trained about issues related to occupational safety in their workplaces.
- 5,704 people increased knowledge of disaster preparedness through disaster education.
- 8,501 children enhanced their leadership abilities and other various skills through enrichment activities.
- 2,741 at-risk children and youth participated in programs to increase their chances of succeeding in life.
- 651 people were trained in swimming or lifeguarding skills.
- 1,293 high school students pledged not to drink and drive.
- 0$11,303,222 in uncompensated medical care was provided to Buchanan County children.
- 1,971 adults with serious mental illness received services to help them live independently.
- 624 senior adults received 88,176 nutritious meals to help maintain health.
- 219 youth decreased body fat percentage and Body Mass Index.
- 1,827 people worked through alcohol and drug addiction recovery.
- 2,867 women received mammograms or were educated about good breast health practices.
- 5,421 people received needed mental health counseling.
- 237 women received services after domestic or sexual violence to enhance safety, increase knowledge, and improve well-being.
- Financial Stability
- 1,061 men, women, and children received emergency shelter.
- 10,435 clothing orders were received by people in need.
- 757 people received budget counseling to help them through financial crisis.
- Immediate disaster needs were met for 108 families.
- 379 low-income or elderly people were represented in court at no cost for non-criminal cases.
- 2,092 people received $1,637,245 in tax refunds through free tax preparation.
- 179 previously homeless households lived in transitional, permanent, or supportive housing.
- 2,153 people with limited resources received financial assistance for basic shelter needs during times of crisis.
- 12,211 referrals to appropriate resources were given to people seeking assistance with financial situations.
- 117 adults with disabilities held jobs through sheltered and supported employment.
- 436 women and children who were victims of domestic violence received protective shelter.