In 2016-17, $2.97 million in public support was leveraged for an impact of $11.4 million. Additionally, nonprofit partners were able to draw $2.24 million in matching dollars to create a total community impact of $13.64 million! Thousands of local men, women, and children were assisted because United Way was here to fund local programs and leverage community resources to benefit Escambia County citizens.
Advocate for those in need by growing your knowledge of current issues impacting our community through our eNewsletter. Additionally, engage with our Facebook and Twitter pages to share the success you help create! Or, tell your neighbors and friends about 2-1-1. In our 2016-17 year, 2-1-1 specialists referred citizens to 56,062 local resources! Information and Referral Specialists answer calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in their efforts to advocate on behalf of those in need.
We could not do this work without volunteers who help us serve the community. 4,191 volunteers gave 45,171.89 hours in service to others. The Independent Sector values their gift of time at the rate of $24.14 an hour. In effect, volunteers gave a generous $1,090,449 by donating their talent and time to the community. They served through initiatives like Day of Caring, Free Tax Assistance Programs, Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Cram the Van, and ReadingPals.
In the 2016-17 year, we continued our Non-Profit Training Series and provided partners with educational opportunities on Mission-Based Management, Volunteer Management, Effective Meetings, Marketing to Create a Positive Brand, and Grant Writing. 137 nonprofit professionals, representing 66 organizations, attended nonprofit training in the last fiscal year. At the end of the trainings, pre and post-test averages demonstrated a 27% gain in knowledge and a 21% gain in attendees comfort level with the subject area and knowledge of where to find resources to further help their organizations.
Success Stories! Click here for touching stories of how United Way's support helps agencies help others.