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United Way Of Colquitt County

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Causes: Federated Giving Programs, Philanthropy

Mission: To assess the need for human service programs; to seek solutions to human problems; to assist in the development, expansion or modification of human service programs; to promote preventive activities; and to foster cooperation among agencies serving the community.

Programs: The mission of the united way of colquitt county,inc. Is to organize, coordinate, and maximize the resources available to our diverse community and to improve the quality of life. In 2014, the united way of colquitt county, inc. Provided over $451,700 in grants to 23 human service agencies by funding 34 programs serving more than 12,000 individuals in colquitt county. Annually, the united way provides assistance and funding to make possible the dictionary project which provides a student dictionary to every 3rd grader in colquitt county. Day of action was held september 17, 2014 where more than 60 volunteers worked at 7 agencies on projects of need. Children's toy shop, colquitt county arts center, green oaks, hero house, colquitt food bank, sw ga community action council, and the boys and girls clubs of moultrie/colquitt county all had volunteer teams to come and work at their agencies. In addition to our traditional partner agency funding, in 2014, the united way selected 3 areas of focus to improve the quality of life in colquitt county: health, education, and income. In the area of health, the united way made a one-time investment in the new main street park in moultrie to ensure the safety for children and families and to enhance the quality and equipment at the park. In the area of education, the united way awarded two first time community impact awards. The first was given to the colquitt county board of education to assist with the needs of homeless students in conjuction with the mckinney vento homeless grant. This award will assist in filling the gaps for students faced with poverty, hunger, illness, and other barriers to success in school and life. The second was the colquitt county regional medical center yovo program. This program was to serve local youth to provide workforce readiness skills in order to teach about the fields of healthcare in the hope that they will return to colquitt county for a career in the medical field. The students volunteer and learn about the various departments in the hospital. In the area of income, the united way provided a one-time award for a housing project fund to assist low income families with repairs that prevented a home from being weatherization eligible, to address any health and safety issues, and to addresss repairs that would prevent further deterioration of the home. Sw ga community action council received the award for this program and the program has provided much needed repairs in 8 homes with funds remaining to improve more homes in the future.

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