Mission: To improve people's lives by mobilizing the caring power of the Central Virginia community.
Programs: Community impactuwcv raised over $2. 9m during its annual campaign to make an impact on more than 66,000 unduplicated individuals in central virginia. Needs were evaluated by volunteers who made funding recommendations to the united way board for approval. The united way board of directors voted unanimously to move from program funding to an issue focused organization. The first issue to address is education readiness. The community impact committee formed sub-committees to develop and implement this issue. We held a community forum to introduce education readiness to the community, and a final rfp draft will be released january 2015.
smart beginning central virginiasmart beginnings central virginia is an area-wide coalition of agencies, early childhood educators, health providers, businesses, and colleges that works together to ensure that area children enter kindergarten ready to learn. Thirty-seven early childhood programs and five family day homes participated in the virginia star quality initiative. Centers were evaluated by an independent rater, and all programs were assigned qualified mentors and monetary support for quality improvement. A total of $52,488 was spent in mentoring and on-site training with an additional $45,000 spent on resources and materials. Sbcv/vsqi also provided two conferences serving nearly 200 early childhood educators and provided another $9,000 in related resource materials for all attending programs. The smart beginnings coalition addresses the health and development of children from birth through age five, child care standards, and safety issues and parent education through the incredible years program. Its two fully equipped literacy buses travel to under-resourced areas to engage parents and children in activities that promote literacy and early learning.
2-1-1 virginia2-1-1 virginia is a free service that connects people with available community services in central virginia and throughout the commonwealth. The service is available 24 hours per day 365 days per year. Trained specialists answered 21,694 calls for the fiscal year ended 2014. In addition, the central virginia site, which is housed at united way of central virginia, assumed the responsibility for maintaining the state-wide 2-1-1 database. A total of 14,394 programs were updated during the year.
UWCV has high impact in Central Virginia for three reasons: a great marketing campaign keeps UWCV in the minds and checkbooks of donors and community, a talented campaign cabinet covers all the bases with corporate, individual donors, and employee campaigns, and a comprehensive volunteer-based allocations process ensures that the dollars raised go to the human service nonprofits in our area that have the most impact in delivering needed help.