The Community Impact Equation
How We Are Meeting Needs Right Now
The United Way works to support and fill gaps in human services across Gaston County with funding, volunteers, and collections. We fight for the Health, Education, and Financial Stability of everyone in Gaston County.
We communicate with organizations who are on the front lines of helping the vulnerable members of our community. We encourage collaboration between these organizations, area businesses, and the public. Working together, we are able to accomplish more.
United Way grants funding to programs operating in Gaston County through allocations each year. Funding is decided with an eye on the successful outcomes that result. We use three focus areas to direct our available funding. Below is how we define and measure success in programs we help fund.
Successful Outcomes in Education
- Young children succeed in school
- Middle and High school students move through grade progression to graduation
- Students of all ages continue to learn and acquire marketable job/career skills
Successful Outcomes in Financial Stability (Crisis Assistance)
- Meet short term crisis needs for members of the community
- Increase self-sufficiency/decrease poverty in those who are in financial crisis
Successful Outcomes in Financial Stability (Long Term Financial Stability)
- Increase financial self-sufficiency
- Increase proficiency in money management
- Prolong periods of employment
Successful Outcomes in Health
- Clients and their families are aware of health choices available in community
- Families living with illness receive services and products to improve quality of life
- Increase use of lower levels of healthcare and decrease emergency room visits/hospital stays
Allocations are the funds distributed by United Way through our grant application process. For the 2018-2019 fiscal year we will distribute $969,615.
In Education: $488,330
In Financial Stability: $326,806
In Health: $154,479
United Way holds several events each year where volunteers are vital.
- We hold a Day of Caring. Non-profits in Gaston County may submit projects that are needed by their organizations. Volunteer Teams apply to help. United Way pairs Volunteer Teams with projects. Everything takes place on one, busy, fun day. Many businesses use Day of Caring as a team building opportunity for their staff.
- United Way administers the Christmas Wishes Program in November and December. Applications are accepted from families who need assistance during the holidays. The program serves children and senior citizens. Volunteers adopt a child or senior to supply Christmas gifts for. Volunteers also help gather gifts for Wishes that are not adopted and package them for families to pick-up. Still more volunteers help with distribution. For anyone who enjoys playing Santa, this is a volunteer opportunity for you!
- During the Allocation (funding) process, we engage volunteers who form a Review Panel. The Panel evaluates applications for funding. Volunteers get an inside view of how programs help the community.
- The United Way Campaign runs during the last third of the year. Volunteers make up the Campaign Cabinet that plan Campaign themes and events. They assist staff with individual corporate campaigns.
United Way offers an on-line Volunteer Center. It is available to non-profit organizations in Gaston County that uses volunteers and wants a way to attract more volunteers. If your non-profit is interested in attracting volunteers please contact June at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to use the Volunteer Center.
Our Center offers a central place to find volunteer opportunities. To check out the Volunteer Center please go to: http://volunteergaston.com. On the home page, scroll down and click “view all agencies”. Agency pages are maintained by individual non-profits. On an agency page, you can learn about what an agency does, where they are located, and much more. On the right side of an agency page you will find the contact information for their volunteer coordinator.
If you have questions about volunteering at the United Way or in the community call 704-864-4554 x107.
We organize and participate in collections when items are needed in the community. We collect school tools for students, Christmas gifts for children, and disaster relief when needed. We will initiate collections when human services agencies run short on items they need to help their clients.
Please contact us before you start a collection. We will be happy to help you know what is needed and how to best get items to where they can be well used.