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Join the Collective Impact Movement

Poverty is a critical issue in our community – one that is at the root of many problems. Using a collective impact approach, UWCM is sharply focused on programs that bring financial stability, good health and self-sufficiency to people facing poverty in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.

On behalf of UWCM and those who benefit from your generosity, we thank you for your support.

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COMMUNITY FEEDBACK

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* It feels good to give
* I give because I can. I have been incredibly blessed and so many need so much, so I am glad that I can help in some small way. J. Fulton
* W. Lynch - I give because I can and so can everyone else, even if it's just for a small amount. Who knows, the United Way may give to you or your family someday or they may already. Think about it.
* L weber The stories on our website were very touching and it makes us realize that when help is needed the various organizations are there to help people in need. After hurricane Sandy and the devastation that the storm caused for many people it makes you realize how quickly everything including lives can be lost! All of us at CareFirst can make a difference by just contributing a small amount which in turn can change peoples lives. That is a good feeling.
* My God Mother died as a result of Brain Cancer.
* It could be me needing help.
* The organization made a major impact on the life of my children.
* I give to Planned Parenthood because they are in the forefront of providing access to healthcare and family planning to the women of Maryland.
* I feel that it is important to give back to the community and to help others less fortunate than myself. By donating to the United Way, I believe my monies will be designated to programs that offer support in the community and can bring relief to people in need.
* You never know what the future holds, unless you have a crystal ball. Who knows, maybe one day you or a loved one will appreciate having the United Way in YOUR back yard!!!!!!
* Starfish...You know the fable where the child sees a beach full of stranded starfish and begins to return them to the sea, one by one. And the grown up tells to stop since their efforts won't make a difference to every one. The United Way and my selected charities make a difference to many more Marylanders than just my efforts alone.
* I am very fortunate and blessed with the abundance. If I can make a small difference and impact someone's else life today and giving them a small portion of what I have, then my life would be complete.
* I believe in giving back as I have been blessed much in my life. I give to St. Elizabeth's School because of the wonderful selfless work they do with children who have special needs. I have a nephew with Autism who is a joy and I give back in his honor!
* I give because I have the priviledge of not needing assistance, the blessing of healthy children and the benefit of knowing the satisfaction of the selfish act of serving others. L Stewart
* One of the things that most impressed me about United Way is their ability to find, vet, and hold accountable worthy charitable organizations. I'm sure you, like me, are inundated with requests for support from all sorts of organizations, and as an individual I always find it hard to decide which groups are most deserving of the donations I'm able to make. The fact that United Way has done that evaluation is something I find really reassuring. And they have such a broad spectrum of organiza
* I gave because I think that everyone should consider the prospect of being the person in need, I feel as if we should pull together to help any and all needs as we have the ability to do, and be greatful to be able to do so. Giving back is an amazing feeling.
* I give because I am truly blessed and I believe it's important to give back
* to help others
* I give because its simply the right thing to do. I'm blessed only so that I could bless others back. It's simple like that !
* I give because I was raised with the moral responsibility of giving to those in need. The fact that there are children in our own community that don't get enough healthy food to eat is a tragedy. We can do better in helping them to lead productive lives.
* Because I can. S. Reimer
* The Bright Minds Foundation has a direct impact on the students and families of Howard County.
* I believe in helping others, especially youths and education. My Hindu religious teaching tells us that service to mankind is service to God.
* I give because my family has been part of an organization that benefits from the United Way. My son attended PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs for 3 years. I don't know where my family would be without their specialized care. PACT is the only daycare in the Central Maryland area that cares for medically fragile children. It is a wonderful, loving day care that is a vital part of our community. My son may have moved on to school but PACT will always be part of our family.
* I give because, God love a cheerful giver, The more you give the more you will get back, And also be bless.
* I believe our greatest gift is the ability to give. Therefore, it is my responsibility to give to those who are in need. B.Bailey
* you nevere know when disaster will strike and you will need help. By giving to the Red Cross and Disaster Relief you ensure help will be there when you might need it as well as for others in their need.
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* I give to the United Way because I believe in doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. It is not just poverty that lands people into this situation but there are events that happen in our lives that we have no control over that could very well put us in need one day. Plus, I want to help in anyway I can - families - and especially our children.
* To simply PAY IT FORWARD
* We live in very difficult times in which people can easily find themselves in difficult circumstances. I feel that I am fortunate enough to help through the United Way.
* It is my responsibility to give back to mycommunity
* I care about Baltimore City and appreciate the platform that the United Way provides that allows me to donate to organizations specifically focused on building the community in the city.
* I don''t have a lot to give but at least I try to give what I can to help those that are less fortunate then I ..........I feel good inside that my little contribute next to all of the other little contributions will make a difference to those that need it.......
* I give because I am so fortunate to never wonder where my next meal will come from. I give because there are so many who need so much. I give because it makes my heart happy to know the good I am doing with the help of United Way!

RESULTS I HELPED MAKE HAPPEN
Some of the many ways your gift helped in 2011 in Anne Arundel County

  • SELF-SUFFICIENCY: Leading an independent, high-quality life can hinge on your education and skills. 750 people who were out of work participated in job training programs (and nearly 83% were hired!), and 184 children nearing school age learned skills to help them succeed in the classroom and beyond.
  • STABILIZATION: No one should have to choose between paying their rent and affording medication. Thanks in part to your gift, 1,161 people were provided with the extra financial assistance they needed to afford prescriptions, rent and other necessities, and 3,435 people received case management to help them with employment, housing and supportive services.
  • SUSTENANCE: Being a functioning adult or child is nearly impossible if you don't know where you're going to sleep at night. Together, we helped 5,775 people without homes receive shelter, transitional housing or affordable permanent housing, helping to alleviate their immediate housing crisis so they can get on the path to stability.
  • INFORMATION & REFERRALS: Our 24/7 help line, 2-1-1 Maryland at United Way of Central Maryland, answered 4,656 calls from Anne Arundel County residents in need of assistance with utilities, food, housing, health care and more.
Among the many people your gift helped was Andrew, a young man who found himself overwhelmed with issues and without the resources needed to handle them. With the help of funding from UWCM, Andrew has stabilized his health, improved his family relationships, gained job skills and looks forward to a more self-sufficient life.

To learn more about the impact of your gift in Anne Arundel County, please click here to read the report online.

Some of the many ways your gift helped in 2011 in Baltimore County
  • SELF-SUFFICIENCY: Chance of completing high school may be predicted by how ready to learn a child is when they first enter school. 289 children received school-readiness skills to help them succeed in school and beyond.
  • STABILIZATION: To a person with a high school degree or less, obtaining a job with a livable wage can be almost impossible, not to mention, demoralizing. With your help, 559 people were able to participate in job training, helping increase their chances of finding and keeping steady, rewarding employment.
  • SUSTENANCE: Few things are more difficult than maintaining family stability and a job when you don't have the basics - like a place to sleep at night or medical care for health issues. 596 people without homes received shelter or transitional housing, and 1,186 people who were sick received health care.

  • INFORMATION & REFERRALS: Our 2-1-1 Maryland call center connected 16,865 callers from Baltimore County with resources for housing, food, health care and other human service needs.
Like so many families who rely on a breadwinner to make ends meet, it was devastating when Kevin, a single father of two in Baltimore County, lost his job last year. With your support, he was given the critical financial assistance he needed after a job loss. Now his family is back on their feet. Kevin's story is just one of thousands who have been touched by the generosity of you and other donors to UWCM.

To learn more about the impact your gift is having in Baltimore County, please read the report online.

Some of the many ways your gift helped in 2011 in Baltimore City
  • SELF-SUFFICIENCY: 171 people accessed legal services to help them obtain employment - with a 75% hire rate.
  • STABILIZATION: Focusing at work or school is difficult if your belly is empty. 20,293 people received healthy groceries, including fruits and vegetables, to keep their families nourished and help prevent diet-related health issues like diabetes and obesity.
  • SUSTENANCE: Imagine trying to keep your family stable if you don't have a place to sleep at night. 6,032 people without homes were connected with shelter, transitional housing or affordable permanent housing, and 1,487 people were lifted from crisis situations through UWCM's support of the American Red Cross' Emergency Response program, thanks in part to your gift.
  • INFORMATION & REFERRALS: UWCM's 2-1-1 call center was there 24/7 to answer 38,109 calls for help from Baltimore City residents facing desperate situations in regards to food, housing, health care and other human services issues, connecting them with the right local resources.
Davon is one of so many people who just needed a little extra help to become successful. By simply providing him with hot meals and access to a computer, he was able to successfully apply for jobs. Now Davon shows his appreciation by volunteering at the computer lab to help others move toward self-sufficiency.

To learn about the impact your gift is having in Baltimore City, please read the report online.

Some of the many ways your gift helped in 2011 in Carroll County
  • SELF-SUFFICIENCY: Education is a cornerstone of an individual's and a community's success, and it must start before kids enter school. 24 children received school-readiness skills to help them succeed in their education and beyond - and all 24 demonstrated an improvement!
  • STABILIZATION: Keeping a steady job and succeeding in school are hard when you're not in good health. 726 people were able to access health care through a mobile clinic to treat existing health issues and prevent new ones.
  • SUSTENANCE: It comes as a surprise to many to learn that there are homeless people in Carroll County. 272 people without a place to sleep received shelter or transitional housing, and 74 people were lifted from crisis situations thanks to UWCM's funding of the American Red Cross' Emergency Response program.

  • INFORMATION & REFERRALS: 2-1-1 Maryland at United Way of Central Maryland answered 625 calls from Carroll County residents struggling with housing, food, health care and other issues, connecting them with local resources.

Not unlike the many single parents who struggle daily to provide for their children, Patty was having a tough time affording the essentials for herself and her two kids. Despite her best efforts, her family lost their housing and became homeless in Carroll County - but thanks to your generosity, she was able to regain a home for her family and get on a path to self-sufficiency.

To learn more about the impact your gift is having in Carroll County, please read the report online.

Some of the many ways your gift helped in 2011 in Harford County
  • SELF-SUFFICIENCY: Decreased drop-out rates, higher grades and better social skills have been linked to out-of-school time services like mentoring and afterschool programs - so we're proud to have helped 531 youth participate in them in Harford County.
  • STABILIZATION: Good nutrition is a key to overall good health and stability in life. 132 hungry people were provided healthy food to keep their families nourished and help prevent diet-related health issues like diabetes and obesity.
  • SUSTENANCE: Keeping your family together and kids in school is exceedingly difficult if you don't have a place to call home. 387 people in need received shelter or transitional housing, and 99 people were lifted from crisis situations thanks to UWCM's funding of the American Red Cross's Emergency Response program.

  • INFORMATION & REFERRALS: Calls from Harford County residents to our 2-1-1 Maryland call center numbered 2,026, and each was answered by a highly-trained call specialist who listened to the person's needs and connected them with the appropriate local resources.
As anyone who's been unemployed knows, the longer you're out of a job, the more challenging it can be to get one. Harford county resident K.P. was without work for so long that she had few employable skills. Thanks to your support, she quickly improved her work skills and is now thriving in her job. K.P. is just one of so many you've helped.

To learn more about the impact your gift is having in Harford County, please read the report online.

Some of the many ways your gift helped in 2011 in Howard County
  • SELF-SUFFICIENCY: A little extra help can move someone from a job that barely makes ends meet to a successful career. 55 people participated in job training, helping increase their chances of finding and maintaining steady, rewarding employment.
  • STABILIZATION: The difference between hungry and nourished, homeless and housed often comes down to a relatively small amount of money. 1,715 hungry people were provided with healthy food to keep their families fed, and 299 people received the extra financial help they needed to remain housed (all of them kept their homes!).
  • SUSTENANCE: In one of the wealthiest counties in the country, the cost of housing is unaffordable for many. 369 people without a place to sleep received shelter or transitional housing, and 187 people were lifted from crisis situations thanks to UWCM's funding of the American Red Cross' Emergency Response program.

  • INFORMATION & REFERRALS: 2-1-1 Maryland at United Way of Central Maryland answered 1,923 calls for help from Howard County residents facing issues with housing, health, hunger and more.
Victims of domestic violence like E.H. are often scared to leave their abuser because they aren't sure how to provide for their children on their own. With your help, E.H. was able to find a safe home and is moving her family beyond the crisis they experienced, toward self-sufficiency. Her story is just one example of so many made possible by donors to UWCM.

To learn more about the impact your gift is having in Howard County, please read the report online.

Some of the many ways your gift helped in 2011 in Central Maryland


SELF-SUFFICIENCY: The cycle of poverty can't be broken without quality education and job skills. We're helping people across the continuum, including:

  • 578 children nearing school age who learned skills to help them succeed in school.
  • 1,510 people who were out of work participated in job training programs, helping them move toward gainful employment.
STABILIZATION: Health care and supportive services can prevent a family walking a financial tightrope from falling into crisis. Among the many ways we've helped individuals and families stabilize:
  • 7,275 people who were unwell received services to improve their health.
  • 33,872 people in need received information about community resources helpful to their particular challenge - plus, our 2-1-1 Maryland at UWCM call center answered 61,947 calls from people desperately seeking assistance with rent, health care, child care and other human service needs.
SUSTENANCE: As the cost of housing, health care and education rise at a much greater rate than wages, so many in our region aren't able to afford the basics. Here are two of the many ways we are helping people get out of crisis:
  • 33,757 meals were provided to hungry central Maryland residents.
  • 7,736 people about to lose their home received services to remain housed.
Like so many families who rely on a breadwinner to make ends meet, it was devastating when Kevin lost his job last year. With your support, he was given the critical financial assistance he needed after a job loss. Now his family is back on their feet - in addition to thousands of others who were helped by UWCM donors.


To learn about the impact your gift is having across the region, please click to read the full impact statement online.
Access to Health Food Initiative Report

As of June 30, we have exceeded our first year goal of sourcing 1.5 million pounds of healthy food in central Maryland as part of our Access to Healthy Food Initiative!


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