RALEIGH, NC, March 14, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- United Way of the Greater Triangle (http://www.unitedwaytriangle.org), a nonprofit organization that works to improve lives by mobilizing community resources in Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties, has announced its 2013 Community Impact Plan with specific outcomes to be achieved by the end of the year.
The organization allotted $5,330,000 to fund community programs in 2013. These funds will help United Way of the Greater Triangle's nonprofit agencies expand and improve education, health and financial stability programs. The nonprofit organization has designated $1,889,676 to education and youth development, $2,680,135 for health, and $699,384 for financial stability.
In conjunction with its agency partners, United Way of the Greater Triangle developed a new plan for the Triangle community to help address the region's most important needs. The new plan is the result of several recent developments:
• An assessment of the communities' needs and identification of the priorities to be addressed.
• An open invitation to all Triangle nonprofits to apply for funding following a rigorous certification process.
• A successful 2012 campaign that raised $5.3 million of donor designated funds and $5.3 million of community impact funds.
• The allocation of community impact funds to selected agency programs to achieve specific goals.
The $1,889,676 allocated for education and youth development will help children prepare for school and adulthood by making sure children enter kindergarten ready to learn, get the support they need to succeed in school and develop important life skills. A few of this year's impact goals include:
• 12,207 youth participating in character building programs will demonstrate leadership, personal responsibility and conflict resolution and life skills.
• 2,680 families will receive child care services information and referrals and 81% of the children receiving child care scholarships will be enrolled in high quality care programs (4-5 stars).
• 930 students will improve their grades and 430 students will improve on standardized test scores.
The $2,680,135 allocated for health will address basic needs such as hunger, access to care for under-insured individuals and assistance for people who have experienced a personal crisis such as abuse, violence or neglect. In addition, the funds will help with disaster response. Goals for 2013 include:
• Services for seniors and people with disabilities will allow 10,457 to continue to live independently.
• 10,434 under-insured people will receive medical supplies or prescriptions to deal with their health issues.
• Mental health care will be provided to 4,907 under-insured individuals to improve their well-being.
• 11,792 adults and children seeking help for neglect, abuse and violence will improve their skills and get the support they need to stay safe.
The $699,384 dedicated to the pathway of financial stability will address financial management, permanent affordable housing, and sustaining employment and employment supports. By the end of 2013, agency partners and United Way will have accomplished the following plus many more goals:
• Debt reduction will be achieved by 3,150 of those who received financial education services.
• 985 homeless families/individuals will move into permanent housing and 620 of them will maintain that permanent housing for at least 12 months.
• 1,053 people will increase their employment-related income through programs and job supports.
• 953 people in the programs will become newly employed.
United Way of the Greater Triangle's 2013 Community Impact Plan overview can be found on their website at http://www.unitedwaytriangle.org starting March 13.
"We are excited about our 2013 Community Impact Plan and the goals we'll achieve through the dedicated work of agency partners in education, health and financial stability," said United Way of the Greater Triangle CEO Mack Koonce. "We thank our donors for their shared interest in addressing these areas of need in the Triangle community. With their continued support, we can collectively help children, families and our community on pathways to a brighter future."
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United Way of the Greater Triangle improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities. The organization serves Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties by connecting callers to health and human service programs through United Way 2-1-1. To learn more about United Way of the Greater Triangle, visit http://www.unitedwaytriangle.org.
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