I’m proud to highlight a few examples of the positive results that United Way and our funding partners are achieving. Thanks to you, we’re already moving the needle on important community conditions. We get these results and help people in need because we are part of a caring community that includes you. The hard work of many is lifting the standards for us all. This is only possible because you make the decision to help.
Nine Born Learning trails were installed on the United Way Day of Caring, bringing the total in our county to eleven. The trails are a set of fun, physical activities that parents and caregivers can do with their children to encourage early learning and development. To find a Born Learning Trail in your town, go to http://www.middlesexunitedway.org/bornlearning.
Of the clients helped at the United Labor Agency, 100% reported that they improved their job seeking skills, 69% received job interviews, and 57% obtained employment.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program helped 304 Middlesex County residents file their taxes for free, saving them hundreds in tax preparation services. Volunteers trained by the IRS ensured these hard-working individuals and families were filing for all of the tax credits they deserve, including the new State Earned Income Tax Credit. Of those who qualified, filers received an average of $1,481 back, which is money they have earned and can help those struggling to meet the cost of living.
In the 13 towns surveyed at least twice through the Healthy Communities-Healthy Youth initiative, youth reporting substance abuse decreased 25%, violence decreased 24%, and anti-social behavior decreased 11%. The HCHY initiative increases young people’s participation in their community, builds their assets or strengths, and reduces risky behaviors.
More than 680 victims of sexual assault received the help they needed to recover and cope through Women & Families Center. Of those receiving ongoing services, 98% reported that, with the help of Women & Families Center, they were able to develop the additional community supports needed for their recovery.
More than 200 families remained in their home thanks to one-time assistance from the Prevention Fund, which prevents people from becoming homeless and is part of the Middlesex County Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. The grants help those experiencing short-term emergencies and have been used for rent, utilities, medical needs, and transportation costs.
HOPE Partnership in Old Saybrook recently completed Ferry Crossing, a 16-unit affordable housing development, with some units dedicated for homeless families and veterans.
Thank you for your support of our work. And I vow to continue to report the successes we are achieving together, because you make the decision to contribute to Middlesex United Way.