United Way Funds Help a Variety of Organizations

Giving to United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore is somewhat different than giving to many of the other outstanding organizations on the Eastern Shore. When you give to the United Way, you are giving to most all the local non-profits who provide so many vital services to our area residents.

The United Way Chapter has raised over $6,728,140.00 since being founded in 1991, aiding over 150 organizations that receive funds either allocated by United Way or designated by individual contributors.

Going back to those beginnings 25 years ago, the first United Way funds helped the Eastern Shore Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ESCADV) open a sexual assault crisis center, helped the Food Bank of the Eastern Shore purchase a used truck for collection and distribution of food to the needy, enabled the Light House Ministries to replace a septic system and purchase materials to repair shelters, allowed the Eastern Shore Literacy Council to extend its tutoring program, assisted the Accomack and Northampton 4-H Clubs with scholarships for disadvantaged youth to attend summer camps and enabled the SPCA to retire its debt on a new animal control facility.
As you can see, the United Way of Virginia has been there from the beginning for many of the agencies who still serve the Shore today.

Today’s funding includes the Food Bank’s Back Pack Program, which provides 450 students from needy families with backpacks every two weeks filled with nourishing food. Funds from current campaigns also help the ESCADV to provide programs which include services for woman who have been raped. Lighthouse Ministries used United Way funding to upgrade bathrooms so they are handicap accessible. More tutors were made possible for the Eastern Shore Literacy Council with United Way funds. United Way funds today have provided scholarships for youth from both counties to attend YMCA camps, 4-H camps, Boy and Girl Scout camps and activities sponsored by ACES and the Eastern Shore Historical Society.

Additionally, United Way funds today help the Boys and Girls Club bring more programs to its members, helps the Eastern Shore Area Agency for Aging to fund its Meals on Wheels program, funded swimming classes for low income children at the Eastern Shore Family YMCA and purchased equipment for the Eastern Shore Rural Health so they can better serve their patients.
Local profits look to the United Way for funding so they can spend more of their time and energy on providing the services so desperately needed on the Shore.

Much of the work of United Way is done by volunteers with the help of one part-time employee, making it a very efficient organization which uses only 9 percent of its funds for administration compared to the national average of 37 percent for charities.

For more information, contact Dawn Byrd at 787-5622 or email her at dbyrd@esunitedway.org.

To contribute to United Way, send a tax-deductible donation to United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, P.O. Box 605, Onley, Va. 23418 or go to www.esunitedway.org.