Seeing that innovation results from organizations working together, Livingston County United Way’s annual community investments will commit 58% of total funds to collective impact coalitions and initiatives. By contrast, in 2010 that amount was 27%. In addition to the United Way’s community connection initiatives of 2-1-1 (the 24-hour helpline), Volunteer Livingston (database of volunteer opportunities) and Day of Caring (annual community service event), the coalitions working toward sustainable community impact are:
• Homeless Continuum of Care Committee,
• Utility Assistance Task Force,
• Livingston County Hunger Council,
• Great Start Livingston, and
• Livingston Promise.
The panels of community volunteers who make the funding recommendations were extremely impressed by the high-quality applications, strategic focus, long-range planning, and creative ideas, as expressed during the coalitions’ presentations, especially since this was the first time coalitions had the option to apply for multi-year funding.
The other 42% is invested in local stand-alone programs.
“Being part of an investment panel allows you to hear first-hand how United Way dollars are being used and the passion behind those working for the individual agencies,” said Carole Damon, of her experience as a volunteer in the review process this spring.
But even more impressive are the new and exciting things happening by working together. For instance,
• Homeless Continuum of Care Committee’s Eviction Diversion Program with 53rd District Court is ramping up with a larger investment from United Way following a highly successful six-month pilot which served 162 households and prevented 109 local families from eviction.
• Hunger Council's Summer Lunch Bunch is rapidly expanding with the goal to serve 100,000 meals per summer by 2018.
• Livingston Council for Youth is launching new strategies based on the results of their community-wide youth survey in the schools.
• Livingston Promise is making sure that kids get a great start to life through high-quality preschool with at least 37 more preschool scholarships in the next three years.
Livingston County United Way focuses on community-wide initiatives, in the areas of Financial Stability, Every Child Ready, and Community Wellness, that link resources, ideas and partners as part of something greater. Priorities center on collective work, initiatives that benefit ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed), and prevention. For more information or to get involved, call 810-494-3000.
DAY OF CARING REGISTRATION OPEN!
Over a thousand volunteers are needed for the largest one-day community service event in Livingston County! The Livingston County United Way's 15th Annual Day of Caring is Wednesday, August 17 and involves over 100 worksites. Last year’s event brought together 1,500 volunteers to work at 115 sites, represent130 local companies, plus school sports teams and organizations, scout troops, churches, nonprofits, and families. The Livingston County United Way collects worksite proposals from seniors, schools, disabled residents and local nonprofits. The work is often yardwork, or minor household repairs and sprucing up, that the residents cannot do on their own.
All of this is 100% free to families. The program is an initiative of the Livingston Hunger Council, coordinated by The Salvation Army of Livingston County, and supported through the Livingston County United Way, USDA Summer Food Service Program, and generous community donations.
Three Summer Lunch Bunch locations require completed applications to attend: 2|42 in Brighton, Venture in Hartland, and St. Agnes in Fowlerville. Please print and return this application for those sites ONLY. All other locations are drop-in.
For more information, or to reserve your spot:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (517) 295-4347.
MY FREE TAXES SAVES RESIDENTS THOUSANDS
Throughout the most recent tax season, Livingston County residents received over $163,000 in tax refunds by using the United Way’s MyFreeTaxes.com online self-prepared tax service. The service was available free to filers with a household income of $62k or less.
Local residents filing with My Free Taxes received an average refund of $1,653 for the 2015 tax year. “This service lets people keep more of their money and supports financial stability for local families,” explained Donna Gehringer, Livingston County United Way Community Investments Director. The filing service provides detailed information to help those who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.
HEALTHY HABITS RESOURCE
The third edition of the Livingston County Healthy Habits for Youth Resource Guide is now available! Healthy Habits for Youth is Community workgroup under the Human Services Collaborative Body, of which the Livingston County United Way is an active member.
The guide includes local resources for youth in the areas of nutrition, mental health, substance abuse, sports, activities and safety. It is updated twice yearly (February and August). Click this link to download a copy. Contact Chelsea Moxlow, Health Promotion Coordinator, Livingston County Dept. of Public Health for more information, 517-552-6804, email@example.com.
COMMUNITY CONNECT HELPS HUNDREDS
Thank you to everyone who volunteered, donated and provided resources to the hundreds of guests at Community Connect 2016! We’re still crunching the numbers, but it was well-attended, well-organized and connected people with lots of good information, health screenings and free stuff. Community Connect is organized by the Livingston County Homeless Continuum of Care Committee and sponsored in part by the Livingston County United Way.
2016 Highlights: 800 guests – 40% of them first-timers; over 400 volunteers; 78 exhibitors; 275 exhibitor staff, and many churches. New this year . . . Freddy the Firetruck, children’s activity stations. See more in our Facebook album.