Improving the Lives of Individuals and Our Community
During October, United Way of Greater Union County, focused their efforts on outreach, engaging in community forums, meeting with agencies, and attended 40 different public events. Consequently, our agency received numerous referrals for Flex Fund applicants and Family Support Plan participants. Twelve families avoided financial crisis when we helped with past due rent, utility bills, purchase of essentials and supermarket gift cards to those facing food insecurity.
Five additional families received support for their children’s educational and health needs. We were able to provide financial assistance for one child’s eye exam, so he could obtain special certification and qualify for much needed educational support. United Way of Greater Union County assisted these and other families, by linking them to 45 different external resources and services tailored to their specific needs.
Families participated in parent workshops and family engagement activities hosted throughout the month by the Brain Injury Prevention Alliance, with the opportunity to win incentives such as Shop Rite gift cards or an Amazon Echo.
Moving forward, United Way plans to build upon and strengthen the network created within Union County. We will continue to engage our collaborative partners via referrals and resources, provide follow-up services and links for clients on family plan and develop partnerships with vendors motivated to host meaningful workshops and activities for the families we serve.