2013-14 Allocations

Grant Allocations for 2013-14: $182,612

17,286 Isabella County residents were served by United Way funded programs over the past year!

American Red Cross: Blood Services & Disaster Services ($15,000)

The Red Cross hosts blood drives in Isabella County, collecting blood to ensure hospitals have an adequate supply of safe, life-saving blood to be able to meet the need for medical emergencies, surgery and other patient care. Community Impact: 2,682 units collected

When disaster strikes (fire, flood, severe weather) Red Cross provides immediate assistance in the way of safe shelter, food, clothing and other vital needs. Community Impact: 30 adults & children (2011-12) and 250 emergency personnel

Big Brothers Big Sisters: School-based Mentoring Programs ($15,000)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region provides children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Funding helps to expand and improve youth mentoring programs in our community and through school-based mentoring programs at Mary McGuire Elementary and West Intermediate. Community Impact: 125 youth

Boy Scouts of America: Outdoor Education Programs ($5,500)

Summary: To increase the number of youth participating in the Scouting program, as well as to ensure that each Scout is able to have a camp experience where scouts learn about citizenship, personal fitness, self-reliance and moral character. Restriction: Outdoor education programs at Camp Rotary. Community Impact: 137 Boy Scouts/71 adult leaders

Central Michigan Pregnancy Services: Program Enrichment and Parenting Programs Curriculum ($2,932)

The addition of Sex Smart for Teens allows instructors greater flexibility to meet the needs of diverse school populations served through Willing to Wait SRAE (Sexual Risk Avoidance Education). W2W strives to reach each student in their unique venue whether it be an "at risk" school setting, junior high, high school or college location. Adding lesson modules enhances the instructor's ability to provide lessons covering communication skills, sexual risks and concepts of healthy relationships. Community Impact: 1,400 students

The addition of new curriculum support allows CMPS to better meet the diverse educational needs of parents in our community. Teaching parents of newborns and young children the skills to raise emotionally and physically healthy children through relevant, engaging and current lessons is critical to the child and parents role in creating a healthy community. Modules are used in group and one-on-one lessons serving single- and two-parent households. Community Impact: 122 families

Child and Family Enrichment (CAFE): Forensic Interviews ($10,000)

Conducting forensic interviews of child victims of sexual abuse in a coordinated team effort with investigators to assist with determination of criminal, protective and therapeutic needs. CAFE also maintains a database of resources provided to caregivers and victims for our lcoal area, as well as follow-up contacts with families, case review with investigators and public awareness services. Community Impact: 50+ families annually

Chippewa River District Library (CRDL): Prime Time Family Reading Program ($2,000)

A unique outcomes-based family literacy program designed for children ages 3 to 10 and their families. The program demonstrates how literature can enrich one's life, models strategies for continued family bonding through literature, and provides families critical information on library resources for continued reading when the program ends. Community Impact: 50 participants

Community Cancer Services: Cancer Treatment Mileage ($3,780)

CCS networks with the Pardee Cancer Treatment Fund of Isabella County to identify people who are having financial difficulty covering the cost of their cancer treatments. Each month, approximately 10-20 clients who can provide proof of financial need receive some financial assistance. After receiving treatment, each client may receive up to $500 per quarter through a mileage allowance at $0.35 per mile. Community Impact: 180 individuals

Friends of Isabella Seniors: Gold Key Mileage, Meals for Home-Bound Seniors ($10,000)

The Mileage program meets the needs of older adults who have no other means of getting to scheduled medical appointments, radiation treatment, kidney dialysis treatment or grocery shopping. Funding helps reimburse volunteer drivers for mileage costs incurred while transporting older adults, and delivering meals to the most frail homebound older adults. Community Impact: 613 individuals

Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan: Youth Development ($3,500)

Girl Scouting helps build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place by providing them with powerful learning opportunities in supportive, all-girl environments. Dedicated to serving all girls through innovative programs and activities with the help of trained volunteers, Girl Scouting reflects the ever-changing needs and interests of today's girls. Through Girl Scouting, girls develop the tools they need to achieve success professionally. Community Impact: 231 Girl Scouts/101 adult volunteers

Habitat for Humanity: 2014 Home Builders Blitz ($3,200)

Habitat is partnering with the Central Michigan Home Builders Association to build a home for a family of 10 in Shepherd. The goal of the project is to use donated professional labor to complete the project in a five to eight day window, from first floor decking to completed home. It is their intent to build off this project and develop other small time commitment/high yield projects for the future, such as neighborhood revitalization projects. Community Impact: Family of 10, 100 volunteers

HopeWell Ranch: Equine-assisted Therapy Program ($5,500)

HopeWell Ranch provides a free therapeutic riding program for children with mental, emotional and/or mildly physical challenges. They serve children with a variety of challenges such as Autism, bereavement issues, children of adoption, anger management, Cerebral Palsy and Muscular Distrophy, and more. Community Impact: 45 children, 2,000 visitors in 2013

Isabella Community Soup Kitchen: Children's Meals ($9,000)

The Soup Kitchen provides continental breakfast and hot lunches to children and their families seven days a week. They provide many healthy options for their guests to choose from including cereal, fresh fruit, toast & juice. Lunches consist of a main dish, vegetables, salads, fruit and dessert. Community Impact: 149 children served monthly

John H. Goodrow Fund: Community Assistance/Emergency Aid ($20,000)

Goodrow is an emergency aid organization designed to assist people in Isabella County who have basic needs, but encounter sudden financial difficulties. These needs are not covered, or are only partially covered by other agencies. Assistance may include, but is not limited to: shelter, gasoline, transportation, medical or dental emergencies, vehicle repair, household and personal care items, rent and utilities assistance. Community Impact: 1,248 individuals

Listening Ear Crisis Center: Child Abuse Treatment, Runaway & Homeless Youth, Home Ownership & Transitional Living ($20,000)

The Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Program is designed to provide specialized treatment to child victims of sexual abuse. The program goals include supporting the child during the treatment process, making sure the child is protected from further sexual abuse, and strengthening the child's family support system. The program offers crisis intervention from the point of disclosure, counseling through the legal process and ongoing counseling and support. Community Impact: 11 children and their families, 250 family/guardian contacts

The Runaway & Homeless Youth Program is designed to promote successful resolutions of family conflict and prevent homelessness in youth ages 12-17. The purpose is to alleviate problems of runaway, homeless and at-risk youth; to reunite youth with their families whenever safely possible and encourage resolution of interfamily problems; to strengthen family relationships; encourage and assist with locating stable living conditions for youth, and help decide upon constructive courses of action. Community Impact: 30 youth

The Homeownership Program offers foreclosure and housing counseling to homeowners facing a financial hardship and those seeking to purchase a home. Its purpose is to promote homeownership and housing stability, limit deliquencies and foreclosures, and stregthen the communities served. Participants gain skills in finance and budgeting to help them retain or maintain their homes, and education about becoming a first-time home buyer. Community Impact: 28 households, 384 individuals

The Transitional Living Program is designed to build a trusting relationship with homeless youth ages 16-21, by supporting their educational goals, direct assistance in locating employment, protecting youth, ensuring basic needs and moving them from vulnerable or dangerous living situations to safe living environments. The service strives to increase protective factors such as positive adult guidance, provide opportunities and education as they transition to independence and economic self-sufficiency. Community Impact: 43 individuals

Listening Ear Crisis Center: Information & Referral Services, 2-1-1 and 24-hour crisis intervention ($25,000)

2-1-1 is a one stop sevrice that saves time and frustration by connecting people in need with hundreds of health and human service organizations. Community Impact: 13,500 contacts

Mid-Michigan Industries: Community Employment programs ($7,100)

MMI's Community Employment program works with people with disabilities such as developmental/intellectual/physical disabilities, mental illness and autism. The program is designed for people who, because of thei disability, need ongoing support to obtain and maintain employment. Supports provided include job coaching, job placement and follow along services. MMI works with local businesses to provide meaningful work and training opportunities to create a more diverse and inclusive community. Community Impact: 107 individuals

Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum: Core Program ($8,100)

The Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum is dedicated to providing fun and educational experiences for young people ages 0-12 that stimulate children's natural curiosity and creativity. Engaging exhibits offer a hands-on, child-centered environment for children to play and therefore learn through the development of gross motor skills, language and social skills, and the enhancement of a child's cognitive capacity. Community Impact: 35,000 visitors in 2013

West Midland Family Center: Shepherd Pre-K Program ($2,000)

The purpose of this porject is to give low-income children an educational advantage by providing early childhood education and family support services to children at-risk of academic failure due to the many issues associated with limited family income. West Midland Family Center's proximity to the Isabella County border has led hundreds of children to attend a WMFC preschool class over the years. These numbers prompted them to act quaickly when an opportunity arose to provide preschool services in Shepherd. Community impact: 54 individuals

Women's Aid Service: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Treatment & Prevention ($15,000)

Safe temporary shelter for domestic violence victims and their children, counseling for adult and child victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, education on domestic violence and sexual assault, legal advocacy, advocacy with other service providers for victims and their families, provision of basic needs, transportation for legal, health, employment, school and assistance in obtaining permanent housing. Community Impact: 215 individuals


Emergency Food & Shelter Program

Over the past year, United Way of Isabella County led the effort to secure $25,360 through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Emergency Food & Shelter Program to benefit Isabella County residents through programs and services offered by Isabella Community Soup Kitchen ($17,500) and Isabella County Restoration House ($7,500).

Donor Designated Gifts

United Way of Isabella County serves as a vehicle for charitable giving for those who live and work in Isabella County by providing an avenue for donor designated gifts to our affiliate agency partners. As a result, more than $89,000 has been invested in 25 local non-profit organizations over the past year.