Mission: Our mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community. We strive to improve the common good by collaborating with other non-profit charities, government agencies, and faith based groups to resolve social issues in the community.
Programs: Each year non-profit charities apply for funding for one of their programs. The applications are reviewed by an all-volunteer community investment committee (cic). After hearing oral arguments from each applicant, the cic recommends an amount for each program. The total of all awards agrees to the budgeted amount set by the board of directors. Non-profit charities also receive funds from donors who have designated their contributions to go to a specific agency. These funds are not considered a part of the award decribed above. Non-profit charities may also receive a mini-grant for small projects from the united way chief executive officer that he or she believes will benefit the community.
twenty-five bilingual staff members provide interpreting services to the local hospital, clinics and emergency room via the language care program. Interpreting service is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with face-to-face interpreters in six languages. A contract with dignity health assists them with delivering the highest professional levels of medical interpreting to complement their efforts in providing the first line of healthcare defense for the people of the county of merced. The language care program helps to ensure that non-english speaking patients receive the same level of service and are accorded the same rights to health care as english speaking patients. United ways mission of improving lives extends to all persons
four staff members hired with funds from a grant by the california endowment, support the building healthy communities (bhc) project. Bhc focuses on impoverished locations within merced county (planada, le grand, beachwood, and south merced). The project was established to improve health conditionsin the identified locations. Employees provide support to the all-volunteer project steering committee. Staff works with youth to identify and correct unhealthy conditions in the identified locations. They also provide educational materials about living healthy using social media and demonstrations/presentations at community events.
staff and resources are used to promote community initiatives and programs sponsored by other non-profit and governmental agencies within merced county. Each of the activities must conform to our mission statement, "to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community".
As you walk into the United Way building on Main Street in downtown Merced, California, you will notice a hand painted quotation above the reception desk. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”- Margaret Mead. I believe that quotation firmly describes the actions of United Way of Merced County as well as its employees and non profits that it supports.
As an intern at United Way I feel truly blessed to be surrounded by people who are so generous with their time and want to make a positive difference in the county we live in. Merced ranks 3rd out of 58 counties in California in poverty and 5th in child poverty, so there is obviously a great need for assistance in our community. United Way of Merced’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community. Their focus is on education (pre-school & curriculum development), financial stability/economic development (Earned Income Tax Credit, Financial Training, Job Training, and Economic Development), and health initiatives (Obesity, diabetes and nutrition).
I have been fortunate enough to meet the people behind the non-profits and they are all passionate about what they do. Whether it is feeding the hungry, helping those in our community with low vision and hearing, or just trying to keep their culture alive by educating their youth, it is truly amazing to see how one person can make a difference. One of the most important things I have learned at United Way of Merced is to volunteer! I am not the same person I was before interning here & I can’t be that person anymore. I like to say that I have more time than money and that is truly all you need to volunteer.