Donations at work: Where do United Way of Mower County funds go?

Published 6:17am Tuesday, November 19, 2013

In 2012, donations served the following individuals and organizations.

(Numbers are taken from the annual reports filed by programs who received a grant through the United Way of Mower County.)


  • 1,017 individuals received advocacy/newcomer assistance, including translation and/or interpreter services
  • 460 individuals utilized services at the YMCA (membership, swimming lessons, gymnastics, after school programming, etc.) due to the financial assistance program
  • 77 individuals received budgeting and financial counseling
  • 225 low income individuals utilized legal services to attain government benefits such as social security and disability
  • 94 individuals and families received emergency lodging/shelter so that they would not become homeless
  • 502 individuals and families received assistance with rent and/or utilities so that they could remain in their homes
  • 363 seniors citizens received services such as lawn mowing and snow removal so that they could stay in their homes
  • 1,194 seniors citizens received advocacy services so that they were better informed about Medicare, energy assistance, tax credits, etc.
  • 38 disabled individuals were given employment through community based employment programs
  • 29 individuals with severe developmental and/or physical disabilities received job training
  • 923 disabled individuals received advocacy assistance
  • 1,059 hot meals were served to individuals
  • 42 individuals benefitted from child care scholarships for non-traditional hour jobs
  • 31 individuals received employment opportunities through the community thrift store
  • 521 seniors received nutritious meals through the senior dining program
  • 74 individuals received housing payment assistance to avoid homelessness
  • 151 individuals benefitted from child care scholarships


  • 303 children attended after school programming from 3 to 6 p.m.
  • 2,871 children age 7 to 18 were able to utilize the YMCA for $1 a year
  • 125 uninsured adults and children with severe and persistent mental health issues received services such as counseling, medication management and employment services
  • 1,354 seniors received transportation
  • 22 volunteers received EMT Training & Re-certification for ambulance services outside of Austin
  • 434 individuals received services after being victims of crime, sexual assault or domestic violence
  • 1,020 children without insurance received dental cleanings
  • 2,181 individuals donated blood
  • 37 individuals with mental health issues gathered together for support
  • 224 individuals received information on the medical equipment loan program
  • 76 families were given emergency childcare during crisis situations
  • 246 individuals received family and/or individual counseling
  • 197 individuals with developmental and/or physical disabilities were safely transported to recreational activities
  • 37 individuals with physical and developmental disabilities received independent therapy services
  • 676 parents received counseling while in transition
  • 320 individuals with developmental disabilities were given social interaction opportunities
  • 540 children received education on good nutrition
  • 3,278 individuals learned how to Take 5 (a Mower Refreshed stress-relief initiative)
  • 973 parents received critical support and referrals
  • 151 individuals with developmental disabilities received advocacy and support services


  • 430 boys were provided with leadership and civic opportunities
  • 30 individuals received social and life skills education
  • 2,480 individuals utilized resources on parenting
  • 3,505 seniors participated in educational programming
  • 69 mentees were matched with positive mentors
  • 19 children attended the Circle of Friends Day Camp
  • 17 children attended the All Access Community Explorations camp
  • 86 girls received personal development and leadership training
  • 703 individuals participated in disaster services

New programs in 2013

  • High Risk Literacy Intervention
  • Low-Income Job Retention Program
  • Home building through Habitat for Humanity
  • Backpack Food Program for Sumner, Neveln & Banfield schools

—Source: The United Way of Mower County

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