The United Way of Fayette County is pleased to announce the 26 programs in which it will invest in 2015. All the programs address one of four focus areas: Health, Income, Education and Safety Net Services.
Among the many traditional programs is one new investment - The HELP (Heroin Education Leads to Prevention) program run by The Gathering Place. The HELP Program was developed to increase community education, awareness and support to battle what is being called an epidemic of heroin use in Fayette County.
In addition to HELP, the following programs were selected –
Big Brothers Big Sisters Brick House, Children Offered Resources Early, CORE Car Seat Program, Commission on Aging, Commission on Aging Nutrition Program, Community Meals Program- The Well at Sunnyside, Destination Home, Fayette Co. Family YMCA, Fayette Co. Society for Disabled,Fayette Co. Victim Witness, Fayette Progressive – Transition Team, First Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, Girl Scouts, Health Care Help Fund, Heritage Memorial Church, Homemaker Aide,Kids Café- The Well, Loads of Love, My Sister’s House, Rock A Bye Day Care, Rose Avenue Community Center Mentoring & Meals, Special Olympics , Transportation Program, Wheels to Work.
“The board of directors takes the investment process very seriously and made a point to visit the organizations at their place of business, where appropriate, and see firsthand the work they are doing in the community,” said United Way Director Whitney Gentry, “in all over $110,000 will be invested in the community through these programs.”
“Our investments have had a great impact in the past and we expect that trend to continue. For example, 64% of shelter clients have exited to permanent housing, and 79% of students in an adult mentor program have improved their academics. These are the kind of successes we are striving for in our community,” said Gentry.
The United Way campaign will kick off in earnest in August with the start of back to school and proceeds from the campaign will be used to make these investments. For information on how you can get involved with the United Way, please call the office at 335-8932.