History, culture, country charm…
Madison County is home to forests, lakes, rivers, and rolling hills as far as the eye can see, as well as rich architecture and unique monuments. United Way of the Big Bend strives to uphold Madison County’s southern charm by working to make the county stronger, safer, and healthier.
The Madison 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.
Big things are happening in Madison County. For the 2017-2018 school year, Greenville Elementary was the first school in Madison County to bring the ReadingPals program to their campus. Through ReadingPals, volunteers read one-to-one with children who have been identified as struggling readers. With the help of our agencies, we provided basic needs, education, income, and health assistance to Madison County residents in 2017.
- 229,159 meals were provided to feed individuals and families
- 131 individuals were provided shelter in a time of emergency
- 640 individuals received counseling or information about available resources
- 1,244 children and families benefitted from early-childhood, character-building, and educational programs and resources
- 175 students were given a free book through UWBB’s early literacy initiative, READ UNITED, and volunteers read a story to all 13 first grade public school classrooms in Madison County.
- $15,700 in emergency monetary assistance was provided
- The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance service helped to keep over $40,000 in our community through tax refunds and tax preparation fee savings
- 3,562 people benefited from medical care, assistance, diagnosis, and prevention