Mission: The mission statement is "uniting local resources to help our neighbors". United way of marion county is focused on education, income and health - the building blocks of life. United way will achieve the goals, strategies and objectives set for the three focus areas by engaging the community to give, advocate and volunteer.
Programs: United way of marion county focuses on the areas of education, income and health. In 2014-2015, investments were made to fund 23 programs at 18 different agencies. Our partnership continues with the heart of florida united way in providing our community the 24-hour information and referral service: 2-1-1. This program received more than 17,000 calls for assistance. We also continue to partner with the early learning coalition in our success by 6 program focused on educating parents that they are their child's first teacher. We completed three years of our readingpals initiative recruiting and engaging 225 volunteers to help kindergarten students with reading skills within the school system's academy program. Financial stability efforts continue through our offering of free income tax preparation by certified irs volunteers. This past year included five permanent sites, where 2,066 tax returns and brought over 923,000 back to marion county in earned income tax credits. Our familywize prescription discount program continues for the fifth year reducing drug costs by 365,711 to our residents.
there are costs associated with educating united way's donors and the community about human service needs and the work being accomplished by united way supported agencies addressing those needs. Costs charged to this function are those not directly associated with any solicitation of a contribution.