Mission: Mission: to improve lives and strengthen our community. Vision: to create positive lasting change in our community by helping children succeed in school; promoting family financial stability and independence; and improving people's health.
Programs: Community impact - uwcf's premiere community investment process mobilizes more than 100 volunteers on 14 teams around focus areas of education, income, health, and safety net. These volunteers visit program sites, review previous investments, program goals and outcomes, and make recommendations about the most effective way to meet critical community needs. Education: helps at-risk children develop the language skills they need to succeed in school. Given the right start, children learn to read, succeed academically and are more likely to graduate from high school. Additional programs help children in grades k - 12 to pass achievement tests at grade level and to graduate on time. Income: families improve financial stability with ged and job training, credit and budgeting classes, money coaches, financial education for kids and savings match programs. Health: uwcf funds programs that help people of all ages to improve or maintain good health, access and utilization of health services, and increases knowledge and personal responsibility about health issues that lead to improved blood pressure, weight control and other specific health indicators. Uwcf also works to reduce avoidable hospitalizations and incarcerations with prevention services and treatment for those with addiction. Safety net: provides relatively short-term, crisis intervention services that vary widely, but meet one or more of the following; 1) must verify that the service helped to stabilize a crisis, 2) must refer clients to sources of on-going support (counseling, health clinic etc. ) as needed, 3) must verify quality of services using approved indicators selected by experts on a safety net steering team, 4) crisis includes but is not limited to: health emergency, domestic violence, rape, child abuse, fire, teenaged runaways, hospice care, hunger & homelessness.
family fundamentals - an outreach of success by 6 - is a "one-stop" parent resource center which mobilizes partnerships with more than thirty-five human service organizations providing parents and family members with activities, classes, reading, tutoring and other programs designed to strengthen the development of our children and family relationships. More than 20,000 parents and children signed in at classes and events sponsored by family fundamentals.
master teacher - an outreach of success by 6 school readiness - the expanded master teacher initiative targets neighborhoods where children considered at-risk for school failure reside. It provides an internship for childcare instructors using four master teachers, along with parent education classes, to help instructors and parents prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed. Readiness skills for children in classes with teachers trained by a master teacher improved an average of 3 months for every 1 month with the newly trained caregiver.
other program services: success by 6: mobilizes volunteers from local organizations, businesses, government, churches, civic groups, educators and human services to ensure that all children, by the age of six have the physical, emotional, social and mental foundation to succeed in school and in life. Since 1995, uwcf's sb6 has focused on early literacy to help children enter school ready to succeed. More than 100 parent lending libraries were in childcare centers serving low-income families; with an average of 40,000 books checked out annually. Born learning increases awareness of the importance of early childhood education and provided more than 300,000 messages to citizens. 100,000 parent resource guides, which include contact information for children and parent services, were distributed 3 times during the fiscal year. 45,000 copies were hand delivered to health and human services professionals who work with at-risk children. Let's grow: focuses on improving language skills of children at-risk of school failure. Language skills predict the ability of children to learn to read. Of middle/high income children, 8 of 10 enter school with the skills they need. However, only 2 of 10 low income children have sufficient skills. Children who enter school ready to succeed, learn to read and graduate on time. Dolly parton imagination library mails books to the homes of preschool children. Let's grow partners provide early literacy interventions improving vocabulary scores by an average of 5 months for every 1 month of exposure to the interventions. 2-1-1: provides information and referrals to families/individuals and community groups concerning local services and resources. 2-1-1 also identifies gaps in services; assists in creating remedies to meet local needs; connects individuals/families to resources; and advocates for access to resources. It also works to provide better service, accessibility and information to the hispanic community. Women's leadership -early literacy initiative - readingpals focuses on engaging, training and deploying volunteer tutors to increase the number of students reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. It is important to our community, to the barnetts, to all businesses and families in florida that we make a united effort to reduce the close to 40% of children who are not reading at grade level. More than 200 readingpals offered tutoring sessions in 58 classrooms in the 2016/17 school year. Disaster relief: provides immediate assistance and long term recovery support to our community's most urgent disaster relief needs. Uwcf develops partnerships to address the many challenges and/or emergencies that our community faces. Uwcf meets with partners to coordinate the efforts of government, non-profit and faith-based organizations involved in disaster response.