United Way

TOGETHER, OUR GIFTS IMPROVE THOUSANDS OF AREA LIVES.

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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

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

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.

Financial Stability

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:

  • EDUCATION
    • 639 children received early care and education to help them begin their school years ready to learn.
    • 190 children with a disability or special need and their families received services that
      helped the children work toward important developmental milestones.
    • 396 families and caregivers were educated about car seats and proper installation to keep children safe while riding in motor vehicles.
    • Through education, more than 131 moms and dads improved their ability to provide quality parenting for their infants beginning in the months of pregnancy.
      888 students participated in after-school youth programs.
    • Nearly 200 incoming kindergartners and their families participated in programs to equip them for school success.
    • More than 350 children read with volunteers to help maintain reading skills.
    • 62 teen parents continued on with their education or employment throughout pregnancy and after delivery.
    • 1,003 adults were trained about issues related to occupational safety.
    • 3,708 youth built character, knowledge, and skills through scouting.
    • 22,270 documented volunteer community service hours were completed through scouting.
    • 121 at-risk children were impacted by a positive adult mentor.
    • 27 adults developed skills to be effective leaders in the community.
    • Area businesses partnered with more than 50 students in grades 7 through 12 to help them learn about local employers and education required to work in particular jobs.
    • 1,106 students received new shoes at the beginning of the school year.
    • 67 adults with disabilities participated in life skills training.
    • 2,137 school-age children attended camp for summer enrichment learning and positive activities.
    • Early educators and childcare professionals participated in 2,836 clock-hours of training.
    • 91 boys earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest Boy Scout rank.
  • HEALTH
    • 4,925 adults and children received needed mental health services.
    • 609 senior adults received 111,577 nutritious meals to help maintain health.
    • 466 women received mammograms.
    • 2,367 women were educated about breast health.
    • $22,563,140 in uncompensated medical care was provided to Buchanan County children.
    • 1,144 people worked through alcohol and drug addiction recovery.
    • 253 people received counseling related to sexual violence.
    • 838 children learned how to stay safe while living on or visiting a farm.
    • 1,924 high school students pledged not to drink and drive.
    • 138 young children increased knowledge of safety issues by attending Safety Town.
    • 534 women and their children who were victims of domestic or sexual violence received emergency shelter, and 74 were housed in permanent supportive or transitional housing.
    • 233 people without the ability to pay received needed counseling and psychiatric services.
    • 62 orders of protection were secured to keep families safe.
    • 246 senior citizens remained in their residences, avoiding nursing home placement, due to in-home services.
    • 105 seniors kept active through 12,153 hours of volunteer service.
    • More than 500 children participated in aquatics programs.
    • 354 children were covered with clean diapers when their parents were unable to afford the cost.
    • 82 children received a bicycle helmet.
  • FINANCIAL STABILITY
    • 861 men, women, and children received 35,119 nights of emergency shelter.
    • 444 people received guidance to help them through financial crisis.
    • 248 low-income or elderly people were represented at no cost for non-criminal court cases.
    • 162 previously homeless households (257 people) lived in transitional, permanent, or supportive housing.
    • 1,887 people received $1,062,602 in tax refunds through free tax preparation.
    • 776 children from low-income families received school supplies.
    • 120 adults with disabilities held jobs through sheltered and supported employment.
    • $221,142 was saved on prescription medication by area residents with a prescription discount card.
    • At least 8,821 free items of clothing reached people who needed them.
    • 23 immigrants became U.S. citizens or legal, permanent residents.
    • 106 people filed proper documentation to successfully maintain legal status or attain citizenship.
    • Earned Income Tax Credits were filed for 163 people through free tax preparation, resulting in $55,136 in returned refunds.
    • 972 people provided Christmas to 767 families and individuals in need.
    • 140 volunteers guided decisions for $3.1 million distributed in our community.
    • More than 10,200 referrals were made to people seeking needed service resources.
    • 26 scholarships were awarded to early care educators pursuing higher education.
    • 30 adults who were assisted with employment preparation were hired for paid work.
    • 87 people received assistance with specific work-related requirements such as boots, tools or transportation that allowed them to maintain employment.