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Published 9:34am Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Where do United Way of Mower County funds go?

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.)

Income

  • 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

Health

  • 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

Education

  • 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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