United Way of Adams County aims to unite our community to improve education, financial stability and health for all.
We passionately believe these three areas are the building blocks necessary for a better quality of life for all.
Last year, 31,044 people in Adams County were touched by United Way donations - that's 46 percent of the county's total population.
That was made possible through the annual campaign, which raised $1.07 million and supported 31 programs offered by 20 United Way partner organizations.
The theme of the 2017 annual campaign is Be the Bridge - and the goal is $1.2 million.
Open your heart, and your mind. Think of we before me. Join hands and raise your voice.
Advocate. Volunteer. Give.
Give your time. Give an hour. Give a Saturday.
Excite people. Help us share our story. Make our story your story, the story of our community.
Reach out a hand to one and influence all. Help us overcome. Help bridge the divide between our neighbors and their challenges.
Help us Live United.
Help us Be the Bridge.
You can be a bridge to someone's fresh start, a second chance and a new beginning.
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We partner with these 20 local agencies to fund 31 direct services programs in Adams County.
Instead of focusing on one single cause or issue, we focus on dozens of them, helping the community as a whole. This way, one donation not only go to the needs everyone is aware of, but also to those that are less obvious but no less important.
Help is available, whether it's needed to teach a child skills so they can succeed in school, provide food to a homeless family or keep an elderly person in their home longer. As you can see, these services vary widely, but each are extremely important to the people who need them.
This level of helping is possible because thousands of people from across Adams County generously make donations through our annual campaign because they know their money helps our whole community, including people they know, whether its neighbors, friends, coworkers, family, or even themselves.
The beauty is the money raised here stays here, in Adams County.
And this is where it gets really cool. Just like all kinds of people support United Way, all kinds of people make the decisions for funding United Way agencies.
Each year, nearly 40 local professionals volunteer their time to review these non-profit organizations in the areas of quality programming, governance, finance and administration. Because of the commitment of so many generous volunteers, United Way is able to invest your donation into local services that have proven their ability to change lives.
United Way also coordinates community building teams and collaborative efforts with other organizations so we can work better together to strategically address the problems our community.
United Way is a key partner in the Adams County Works initiative helping to prepare youth and adults for today's jobs.
We are helping to launch the Wellness Express, a mobile health clinic that will be bringing dental and medical services into rural Adams and Brown Counties.
Every year we partner with the National Association of Letter Carriers for Stamp Out Hunger, a one-day event that collects nearly 25,000 pounds of food each year to be distributed among local food pantries.
We collaborate with The Herald-Whig for Good News of Christmas, a yearly tradition that seeks to provide a one-time boost to families in need of assistance during the holiday season.
We also have services we run directly out of the United Way office, like our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, better known as VITA, which helps households earning $50,000 or less per year file their state and federal taxes completely free - allowing more of their refund dollars to be spent back in to the local economy.
Most critically, our HelpLine connects local people in crisis with the agencies and programs that can provide the immediate assistance they need.
Our Get Connected site is an online portal that matches volunteers with non-profits looking for help. Organizations can post their volunteer positions, much like a job board, for one-time events or ongoing needs within the programs and services they offer.
For 80 years, United Way has been a bridge carrying and connecting resources across Adams County.
We are a bridge to new beginnings, second changes, and fresh starts.
We invite you to Be the Bridge with us.