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Message from our President:
Our community and our United Way are blessed to have so many dedicated staff and volunteers. Below is a sampling of a few of our great successes in 2015 and some of the folks involved...
*With staff leadership from Marie Sheheen, we provided home repair services in partnership with many churches and caring groups to 45 homes and 6 handicapped ramps.
*Under the direction of Margaret Lawhorn, our mentoring program in the schools has 98 mentees, helping us move toward our goal of a 95% graduation rate.
*Under the direction of our staff leader, Harriet Reid and support from board member Bob Lumpkin, our Shelter from the Storm homeless ministry provided transitional housing for over 20-25 individuals and families each night, a total of over 7,500 nights of shelter.
*Through our Emergency Solutions Grant, Molly Kornegay and Maria Lauricella helped 101 families and individuals stay in their homes by providing emergency rental and utility assistance and assisted 12 homeless individuals to secure permanent housing.
*Under the direction of Maria Spring, we provided support for 26 summer food sites, serving over 1,700 youth throughout the county.
*From Board Members to chili cookers, and from Day of Caring hands on help to Committee work, over 350 volunteers played a critical role in the above accomplishments.
*Eat Smart Move More, a partnership of many of the county's health organizations with key leadership from our staff, Pam Spivey and Maria Spring, we completed design work for the connector trail from Woodward to Scott Park. A full trails plan has been fully completed and shared with state, county and city leadership.
*Our 2 major fund raisers, Spingdale 5K and the Chili Cook Off made leaps in raising funds and increased visibility for our United Way.
*With leadership from Janis Gardner, we received a clean audit and kept administrative costs under 13%.
In 2016, our United Way and our Partners have big plans...Look for a mobile food pantry and food bank, emergency housing, Be a Bunny, and Springdale 5K.