Our Work

The United Way mobilizes communities and focuses on three impact areas: Education, Financial Stability and Health

United Way of Washington County engages, convenes, and mobilizes community resources to address root causes of local health and human service needs.

We do this by:

  • Bringing the community together to prioritize needs and set a vision of a better future

  • Convening groups to develop and select strategies and focus on initiative action plans

  • Raising funds through our annual campaign while also mobilizing other local, regional, state and national resources to execute change for improved community conditions

  • Measuring and evaluating results of community improvement initiatives

  • Communicating information about critical needs within our communities and how people can help make a difference

 

United Way of Washington County's Mobilizing Communities strategy engages communities to create lasting positive changes to community conditions. Our work focuses on three impact areas: Education, Financial Stability and Health. These are the building blocks for a good life for all – a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family, and resources for good health.
 

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Currently, United Way of Washington County funds 29 programs through 20 partner agencies.

These programs provide services for county residents that address issues including counseling, shelters, aging, youth development, health access and more. All programs funded by United Way fall within one of three pillars and report results achieved during the year.

In 2020, 10,397 Washington County community residents received services through a United Way partner agency.

Our 2020 results include:

Education

  • 80% of birth to 3 children demonstrated increased communication skills following six months of services.
  • 70% of youth enrolled in educational programs increased or maintained expected academic performance.

Financial Stability

  • 79% of individuals in shelter obtained employment opportunities through case management services.
  • 81% of individuals aging out of foster care secured employment with self-sustaining wages.
  • 53% of clients struggling with finances developed and adhered to a realistic budget through budget counseling sessions.

Health

  • 95% of high school students use of any alcohol, tobacco or drug products declined as a result of their participation in a prevention program.
  • 80% of students attending support groups reported knowing the early warning signs of mental illness.
  • 80% of elementary school children were able to identify protective behaviors from abuse through a protective behavior prevention service.

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Since 2013, United Way of Washington County has partnered with IMPACT to provide resources and referral services to local residents. IMPACT 2-1-1 is a 24-hour central access point for people in need. During times of personal crisis or community disaster, the free, confidential helpline and online resource directory make it easy for residents to get connected to local information, agencies, and assistance.

2020 Washington County 2-1-1 Report

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A graphic depicting the top 10 reasons Washington County community members called 211 in 2020