United Way invests nearly $2.1 million to boost Martin County

United Way of Martin County recently announced the investment of nearly $2.1 million in Martin County, supporting programs and initiatives that are strengthening neighborhoods, boosting economic mobility and providing a safety net for people in need.

Made possible by generous corporate and individual donors, the investment includes $959,642 in Community Impact Grants – with funding for 53 local programs and initiatives. The investment also includes $689,783 for community agencies as directed by donors, as well as funding for UWMC’s internal programs including its volunteer center, CHARACTER COUNTS!, the United Way Holiday Project and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA).

“We are grateful for the support of so many partners and donors as we work to move the needle on economic opportunity,” said United Way of Martin County President/CEO Carol G. Houwaart-Diez. “We know change won’t happen in isolation, so we are thankful to have the ability to make a collective impact through the efforts of dozens of dedicated organizations and thousands of individuals.” Grant recipients align with UWMC’s focus on improving health, education and financial stability, and are working to elevate people from poverty.

Among them: ARC of Martin County, Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County, Gertrude Walden Childcare Center, House of Hope, Helping People Succeed, Alzheimer’s Community Care, The Martin County School District, and dozens more. A full list is available online at www.UnitedWayMartin.org/fundedprograms.

UWMC’s Community Impact Grants are determined by a competitive, volunteer-led grantmaking process. More than 60 community volunteers helped make funding decisions during a rigorous evaluation process to ensure grants are distributed objectively and aligned with UWMC’s goals. “United Way is driven by community – from our donors, to our leadership and staff, to our agency partners and grant recipients,” said Houwaart-Diez. “We add great value to charitable giving by evaluating community needs and holding agencies accountable for results, so donors can rest assured their contributions are making a difference and people in need get the support they deserve.”

As one of Martin County’s largest non-government funders of health and human services, UWMC’s funding strategy includes three key elements:

  • In education, United Way is investing in programs that increase the quality of preschools available to our kids as well as focus on achieving grade-level reading, and provide the support necessary to see our kids through high school graduation and beyond.
  • For financial stability, United Way is investing in programs helping individuals and families achieve and maintain financial stability with a focus on workforce development through education, job placement and retention and legal mediation. The goal is to help our community earn it, keep it and save it. United Way is also supporting food and housing assistance programs.
  • And in the focus area of health, United Way is investing in programs that help our community members prevent trauma, make healthy choices, manage chronic disease and increase access to health care.

Those wishing to get involved by donating their time, money or voice to make Martin County a better place can do so by visiting www.unitedwaymartin.org. About United Way of Martin County United Way of Martin County’s mission is to lift the community and change lives together through the collective power of advancing the common good. Since 1972, the United Way has been working to create long-term social change and provide support to Martin County residents by investing in programs that strive to: enhance healthy living, improve education, and support financial stability.