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Our Impact

Our Impact

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is; what are you doing for others?” --Martin Luther King Jr.

Since 1946 the United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley has worked to impact the community human care needs that matter most to the people of Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah Counties and the City of Winchester.  Through programs and community partnerships, we bring the community together to respond to local needs.  Thanks to the support of local employees, corporations and individuals, we are able to provide grants in the critical need areas of Education, Income, and Health which are the building blocks for a good life.  
 
Your support helps United Way impact critical community needs.
  • Local Department of Social Services, Salvation Army and other emergency assistance providers report that many young families, affected by economic conditions, are requesting food, shelter and utility assistance for the first time. In addition to grant support, United Way is working with local providers and the community to collect personal care items, diapers and informational material to help local families cope. 
  • Helping young people make positive choices is important.  Many local agencies have had to reduce staff while facing continued demand for needed programs. United Way is working to facilitate collaborative efforts to allow agencies to work together to share programs and resources in order to meet the needs of our youth.
  • Day Care for children, seniors and the disabled helps caregivers retain jobs and continue their educations…local daycare centers report that many working families have experiences salary and benefit reductions which has made it difficult to continue to afford day care service. United Way support helps subsidize the cost of needed day care service.
  • Free Clinics provide health care and prescription programs to help families unable to afford needed health care.  Local programs have experienced a 45% increase in demand for care.  United Way is partnering with community groups to help secure trained volunteers to meet the need.
  • Economic difficulties can result in domestic violence.  It has been reported that the number of domestic violence court cases has increased dramatically and involves many first time offenders. United Way grant funding helps provide shelter and support for families in crisis. 
You can make a difference
 
United Way recognizes that the current economic situation affects us all and that our community is interconnected.  What affects business affects government and non-profit services.  Our community has always responded to those in need and your support is needed now more than ever.  Please continue to GIVE generously to help others…ADVOCATE on behalf of needed services and VOLUNTEER to help your neighbors…LIVE UNITED.   Set a positive example for others to follow.