Taylor County

In addition to running a great United Way Employee Campaign to support local agencies, Snyders-Lance is the Corporate Sponsor for ReadingPals in Taylor County, a tutorial program that has provided one hour of instructional assistance each  Wednesday after school for the past 13 weeks at Perry Primary School. ReadingPals volunteers work with second grade struggling readers to help them improve their reading skills.  At the end of each session, students get to choose a new book to take home and keep in their personal library.  Snyders-Lance provides funding for these books.

On Wednesday, March 9th all students and volunteers were treated to a “ReadingPals End-of-the-YearCelebration” sponsored by Snyders-Lance.

Plans are now being made to expand this program during the 2015-16 school year.  Additional volunteers are needed.  Specific program training will be provided for all volunteers.  Please contact Charlotte Rice at 850-999-6000 or charlotte@uwbb.org for more information.

Help a child become a better reader by becoming a ReadingPal.  Pictured here are volunteers who have enjoyed working with Perry Primary students this year.

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Adventure, nature, community…

Coastal Taylor County is a place where you can breathe in the fresh air and enjoy a slower pace. United Way of the Big Bend works to make Taylor County stronger, safer, and healthier.

The Taylor 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 Taylor County. Through the help of our agencies, we provided basic needs, education, income, and health assistance to Taylor County residents in 2014.

BASIC NEEDS

  • 253,940 meals were provided to feed individuals and families
  • 289 individuals were provided assistance including safe shelter due to domestic or sexual violence
  • 32 clients received assistance after a disaster such as a fire or flooding
  • 420 callers received assistance by contacting the 24 hr. crisis hotline
  • 289 school children received basic items such as clothing, shoes, food, medicine, and school supplies as well as support for field trips

EDUCATION

  • 2,482 children and families benefitted from early childhood, character-building and educational programs and resources
  • 258 students were given a free book through UWBB’s early literacy initiative, READ UNITED, and volunteers read a story to all 15 first grade public school classrooms in Taylor County.

INCOME

  • 104 children received subsidized child care enabling parents to work

HEALTH

  • 2,166 people benefitted from medical care including education, assistance, diagnosis, and prevention