Mission: United way nca pursues its mission by bring together the voices, expertise and resources needed to create a thriving community with measurable and lasting impact. We live united.
Programs: Fundraising: united way nca manages more than 700 workplace and other giving campaigns in over 2,200 locations for the benefit of its non-profit member and non-member agencies as well as for united way nca's programs and operations. For more than 40 years, companies, foundations, public entities and individual donors have recognized united way nca as the preeminent nonprofit for donating to the causes they care about. The millions of dollars raised by united way nca each year are invested back into the community to address the most critical needs and issues in our region.
quality education and good health: at the conclusion of our first year of our five-year community commitment, more than 2,000 title-i middle school students were provided with wraparound services designed to address their academic and human service needs as well as those of their families. To further support the development and guidance of low and moderate income (lmi) students in the region, we have partnered with deloitte lp to support 18 nonprofit organizations that deliver mentoring services to the youth of greater washington dc. Also, in response to our belief that in order for a community to thrive, its residents must be healthy: (i) students spent about 20,000 hours in structured exercise and play during the most recent school year; and (ii) we ensured that children in our community have access to food by launching a pilot weekend backpack food program to help middle school students show up for school on mondays well fed and ready to learn. In partnership with the district of columbia, united way nca also managed education related programs which provided children, youth and their families with early childhood development opportunities, safe and enriching centers for learning in and out of school, and other training, recreational and educational services. The first year of this partnership delivered 18 training sessions for the benefit of 586 youth workers and provided funding that enabled 39 non-profit organizations to deliver education related programs for the benefit of 2,583 children.
financial stability, basic needs, and veterans: at the conclusion of the first year of our five-year community commitment, more than 15,000 residents received a variety of financial stability services ranging from free tax preparation, financial workshops, and housing counseling that are aimed at helping our region's residents get on the pathway to a stronger financial future. Additionally, individuals and families in need were connected with local resources and assistance through our 2-1-1 non-emergency telephone number to access basic needs support. We also assisted veterans with homeless prevention and rapid rehousing services, as well as financial capability, academic, personal, and social programming to improve their engagement in our community.
I've been a United Way donor for three years now through my workplace. Every year I pledge to support United Way, and then a portion of my paycheck goes to my local United Way, United Way of the National Capital Area. I know that my gift is going toward the greatest needs in my community, of which i know there are many. It makes me feel great because I know how much it matters. I've also had the opportunity to give my time through volunteering in the community, both through United Way and some of the several shelters and community centers that they invest in like Thrive DC and Martha's Table. I love that I'm able to spend time volunteering and get to know the people that are touched by my donation. In a world that can feel divisive at times, giving through United Way reminds me that we're so much more connected to one another and that when we give back, we get so much more in return.