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United Way Initiatives

The United Way of Tompkins County (UWTC) is working on funding strategic initiatives that will help individuals and families to improve their lives through education, income, and health.

UWTC grant funding model relies on a process that includes researching the needs of the community, applying best practices from proven programs, identifying agency partners using a competitive grant process, and tracking implementation. Funded programs are reviewed annually by our panel of Community Investment Volunteers with the expertise to maximize contributions and achieve measurable results.

Community Investment activities include supporting the following issue areas through the Community Care Fund:

Basic Needs with the following outcomes:

  • Access to fresh fruits and vegetables and daily meals
  • Families, seniors and single adults will avoid evictions, utility shutoffs, and transportation issues due to financial emergencies

Child Care/Early Learning with the following outcomes:

  • Children will be socially and emotionally ready to learn when they reach kindergarten
  • Increase the number of middle and high school students prepared for post secondary success

Crisis Services with the following outcomes:

  • People will receive counsel and advice regarding legal problems or questions
  • Members of the community will receive free and confidential crisis counseling and people in imminent danger will receive help
  • Members of the community will receive prevention information about sexual and domestic abuse

Financial Stability/Building Self-Sufficiency with the following outcomes:

  • Home repairs will be made for seniors with low-incomes and people who are disabled in order to become more self-sufficient
  • Homeless and transient young people will increase their understanding and skills involved in finding and maintaining a stable home
  • Provide skill training and experiential opportunities for participants to explore interests and gain independent living and community skills that prepare them for community employment
  • Unemployed and underemployed adults will gain skills to advance in their employment to attain economic self-sufficiency

Health/Environment with the following outcomes:

  • Individuals will have transportation and access to medical services
  • Individuals will report that their concerns are understood by their mental health provider

Seniors with the following outcomes:

  • Seniors will experience improved health and develop better supportive relationships, friendships and sense of community

Youth with the following outcomes:

  • Youth will increase their employment readiness skills required for after school or summer job opportunities
  • Participants will maintain prenatal care, babies will be delivered at a healthy weight and children of teens will have a primary health provider
  • Youth will complete high school and get their diplomas or GED
  • Youth will have a safe place for fun and healthy recreational activities to enhance their development

Hunger and Food Security Programs with the following outcomes:

  • Children will have supplemental food for weekends
  • Children will have access to fresh fruits and vegetables and daily meals
  • Families, seniors, and single adults will have access to an adequate quantity of quality food

The Urgent Rx Prescription Program provides free prescriptions and outreach follow-up to people without insurance who have an urgent health need and receive care at selected sites. Uninsured patients treated at the Cayuga Medical Center Emergency Department, Inpatient Unit Discharge and Convenient Care Center in Ithaca and at the Ithaca Free Clinic receive vouchers for prescription medicine. This enables patients to complete the recommended treatment plans for their urgent medical problems, having a direct impact on their recovery and their health.

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