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Fort Madison Area United Way

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703 Avenue G Fort Madison IA 52627 USA


The mission for fort madison area united way is to identify community needs, develop plans to meet those needs, and bring together resources to improve lives in north lee county.


Fort madison area united way identifies community needs and develops plans to meet human needs in our area. We engage a large variety of community partners in assessing needs and coordinating a community-wide response to local needs. Intended community outcomes guiding our funding choices include: 1. Our youth and children are healthy and well prepared for life in their education, character and life experience. Priority - provide access to sports, life-skills, and learning opportunities for low income families. 2. People's basic needs are met and they progress toward financial independence. Priority - providing basic needs of food, shelter, and utility assistance. 3. Our community has strong families and healthy individuals. Priorities: programs that assist seniors or disabled with employment and self-sufficiency, programs to reduce the usage of controlled substances in youth/children, child abuse reduction. Fort madison area united way brings together resources to improve lives in north lee county. Our annual community caring campaign unites the community in raising funds for our comprehensive plan to improve lives in our area. Through our golf outing, employee campaigns, corporate gifts, and community campaign, over 700 donors came together to live united and support the community caring fund in fiscal 2015. Local volunteers comprise the community investment teams which review applications and interview agency representatives and then make funding recommendations. The board of directors approves a community investment package which includes annual allocations, special needs grants, a community impact fund, and staff time/office expenses allocated for community improvement work. Seventeen member partners received grants in fiscal 2014-15 for their important work in assisting residents of north lee county. Some highlights of our community work in 2014-2015 include: - distributing $20 vouchers for winterization supplies at local hardware stores to families who applied for utility assistance programs at community action. - providing a special needs grant to the old fort players for youth workshops. - providing a special needs grant to fort madison arts association for kids art in the park.

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