photo: Mark Lindquist
History, diversity, southern charm…
Gadsden County is full of intriguing history, rolling hills, and thriving culture, and offers a nice change of pace a half hour away from the capital. United Way of the Big Bend works to make Gadsden County stronger, safer, and healthier.
The Gadsden County Community Investment Team, a team of local volunteers, meets each year to oversee the agency review process in order to distribute locally raised funds. The team reviews extensive applications from each agency and hears testimonials from clients or agency volunteers. Team members then decide which agencies qualify for UWBB status and what level of funding each will receive for the upcoming year.
We work to solve local problems specific to Gadsden County. For the 2015-2016 school year, Greensboro Elementary will bring the ReadingPals program to their campus for the first time. Through ReadingPals, volunteers read one-to-one with children who have been identified as struggling readers. Through the help of our agencies, we provided basic needs, education, income, and health assistance to Gadsden County residents in 2014.
- 388,179 meals were provided to feed individuals and families
- 149 individuals were provided shelter in a time of emergency
- 2,682 individuals received counseling or information about available resources
- 8,164 children and families benefitted from early-childhood, character-building, and educational programs and resources
- 582 students were given a free book through UWBB’s early literacy initiative, READ UNITED, and volunteers read a story to all 34 first grade public school classrooms in Gadsden County
- 77 books were given to 8 students at Havana Elementary School to add to their home libraries through the ReadingPals program.
- $17,299 in emergency monetary assistance or recovered support dollars
- The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance service saved tax-payers more than $58,200 in tax preparation fees
- 5,075 people benefited from medical care, assistance, diagnosis, and prevention