United Way seeks to bridge the gaps identified on the Agenda for Change by investing its resources in four specific priority areas: preparing children to succeed; keeping youth on track; helping families achieve and maintain financial stability and supporting safety net services for people in crisis. During FY2016 (July 2015 – June 2016), $1,043,030 will be invested back into Adams County in four key areas:
- Through the 2015 Resource Investment Process, $691,362 was allocated to 31 United Way funded partner organization programs working on the front lines to achieve measurable outcomes in efforts to create positive change in the lives of children, youth and adults. The Resource Investment Process is designed to strategically invest community dollars in the most effective way. Funded programs are required to demonstrate success in achieving measurable outcomes. Three teams of community volunteers, who represent contributors to United Way, evaluate agency programs, make site visits and study program outcomes to determine the final allocation. They emphasize the importance of accountability, transparency, and community impact. These 24 volunteers committed more than 846 total hours to the 10-week process.
- The United Way’s Community Building Council allocated $60,000 among three countywide impact area initiatives: Ready Set Grow; 5-2-1-0 Let’s Move; and the Financial Stability Initiative. All three initiatives, now in their third year of development, continue to convene business, education and human service partners to address specific focus areas in early learning, nutrition/fitness and financial literacy for children and adults. An additional $18,638 is available for programs being developed by the United Way Community Solution Teams and Board directed impact projects.
- Another $188,599 will fund United Way support services helping to connect clients to services and to increase in-kind and volunteer resources for partner agencies. These support services include operating the United Way Help Line, providing administrative support for the Quincy Area Partnership for Unmet Needs, coordinating the casework side of the Quincy Herald Whig’s Good News of Christmas program, promoting volunteer opportunities through Get Connected, providing leadership for the Adams County Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), local coordination of the National Emergency Food & Shelter Program and the FamilyWize Prescription Discount Program, coordinating annual Day Of Action activities and involvement with the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive led by the local letter carriers.
- Finally, $84,431 will be reinvested through United Way’s participation in numerous community collaboration partnerships seeking to strengthen the human service network. These partnerships include the Adams County Interagency Council, Center for Effective Non-Profits, the Adams County Work Readiness Team and providing fiscal agent support for Give Kids a Smile, the Tri-State Warrior Outreach and Quincy’s 175th Anniversary Committee.