Mission: Provides the means by which citizens and organizations join in a community-wide effort to deliver health and human service programs to meet current needs
Programs: Convened and facilitated community collaborations to review gaps in the eastern panhandle's health and human network of services in order to develop local solutions to the most pressing problems. The specific program for that is the eastern panhandle health and human service collaborative with working groups that focus on individual self-sufficiency, health, affordable housing, at-risk children and youth and populations vulnerable during a disaster.
funded and monitored forty-six charities that provide health and human services to eastern panhandle community members. Services/programs funded and monitored include quality and affordable day care for lower income families, academic support and tutoring to ensure at-risk youth perform well in school and educational/mentoring programs for youth and adults that decrease dependence on social services increasing their economic independence.
summer youth employment program - provided employment opportunities and job training for needy youth identified by the department of health & human services.
supported other community-wide health and human services programs and initiatives including warming hands & hearts,christmas cash for kids, and public information & referral center
The United Way of the Eastern Panhandle has been a blessing to local non-profits and I have been fortunate to see the results at the agency level. Over the past 15 years, I have worked with two different non-profit organizations that receive United Way funds. As an agency recipient of these resources, I have had the opportunity to see the power of the United Way from a first hand perspective. From helping a chronically ill patient manage a diabetes diagnosis at the Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic to giving a child the tools to excel in school at the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle, the United Way supports results driven programs within our community. In addition to funding community solutions, the United Way brought new volunteers through the doors of these non-profits simply by introducing Day of Caring to our community. Not only were we able to complete many necessary projects within those facilities, but we were also able to share our mission with those volunteers. Our United Way has truly shown the eastern panhandle what it means to Live United and that is why I am grateful for its support.