United Way Grants (2016-2017)
Looking at Adams County through the lens of data reported in our 2015 Community Assessment, we see the impact that generational poverty, underemployment, mental illness and obesity are having on children, adults, individuals and families here in our area. There is no one-size fits all solution to address these complex issues and moving the needle in a positive direction takes marathon conditioning – not a sprinters pace. Your United Way is conditioned to go the distance. We approach complex challenges by targeting our resources into the direct service work of our funded partner programs, as well as county-wide collaborative efforts guided by our Community Building Council.
Thanks to the generosity of the thousands of individuals and over 125 businesses and private foundations who pledge support during our annual campaign, United Way recently announced community investments of $737,000 through grants to 32 local partner agency programs and three impact initiatives. Grants are determined by a 30-member panel of community volunteers assembled through United Way’s Resource Investment Process. Volunteers make site visits to assess each program and experience first-hand how their services result in measurable impact for the clients they serve. The seven week process emphasizes the importance of accountability, transparency, and community impact. New in 2016, each team included a representative from a partner agency, whose organization’s program did not fall in the impact area being evaluated.
Whether they result in short-term wins or long-term behavior change, United Way grants are powering opportunities for a better life for all by:
- Preparing our children for success in school and equipping our young people to graduate from high school ready for college or career.
- Empowering adults to overcome obstacles so they can manage their basic needs and save for the future.
- Ensuring that vital services are available for people in crisis or when disaster strikes.
United Way Grants - FY2017
CHILDREN READY TO SUCCEED/YOUTH ON TRACK: $329,170
Programs focus on child development and early learning for children birth to five, as well as leadership and character development for youth to ensure they graduate high school ready for college or career:
• Cheerful Home – Child Care Sliding Fee Scale
• Transitions of Western Illinois – Birth to Three
• Advocacy Network for Children – CASA
• Bella Ease – Quincy TeenREACH
• Big Brothers Big Sisters – One-on-One Mentoring
• Boy Scouts – Career Exploring through STEM
• Cheerful Home – Outreach Family Support
• Cornerstone – Comprehensive Youth Services
• Girl Scouts – Leadership Experience
• Madonna House – Everyday Life Skills (ELS)
• Panther Pride Foundation – Academic Success Initiative
• Quincy Family YMCA – School Age Child Care
FAMILIES LIVING WELL: $171,740
Programs focus on equipping adults to meet basic needs, manage mental health and build work ready skills needed to turn financial tightropes into a more stable path:
• Addicts Victorious – Victory Biblical Counseling
• Cornerstone – Sliding Scale Counseling Services
• Madonna House – Transitional Shelter Services
• Quanada – Domestic Violence
• Quincy Catholic Charities – Counseling Services
• Quincy Catholic Charities – MedAssist
• RSVP – Medical Transportation
• Transitions of Western Illinois – Client and Family Support
• YWCA – Supportive Housing
SAFETY NET / CRISIS SERVICES: $206,090
Programs focus on vital services for people in crisis and services that strengthen the community:
• American Red Cross – Disaster Services; Blood Services and Services to the Armed Forces
• Community for Christ Assistance Center – Families in Need
• Madonna House – Emergency Services and Prevention
• Quanada – Sexual Assault
• Salvation Army – Family Services
• Transitions of Western Illinois – Crisis Stabilization
• Tri-State Audio Information Service – Radio Information Service
• RSVP – Shoe Fund; Volunteer Recruitment & Placement
IMPACT AREA INITAITIVES: $30,000
These collaborative initiatives endorsed by the Adams County Community Building Council bring together stakeholders from across Adams County to implement long-term strategies in key impact areas:
• Ready. Set. Grow. Adams County – Led by the Regional Office to Education focused on empowering parents and caregivers to build the brain architecture of infants and toddlers through reading and daily talk.
• 5-2-1-0 Let’s Move - Led by the Adams County Health Department focused on increasing physical activity and establishing good nutrition habits of children and adults.
• Adams County Works – Led by the Great River Economic Development Foundation focused on career building and work readiness skills for youth and adults.