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ALICE Report - Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed

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Strategic Initiatives:

United We Read - Education Initiative - The goal is to improve the educational performance of students in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties

Objectives: 
Improve kindergarten readiness
Increase Grade 3 reading performance
Involve parents in early childhood literacy efforts
Impact high school graduation rates
Impact college readiness

Join our Literacy Corps.

Donate to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.

Poverty Reduction Initiative- Working with other agencies, we are developing programs to help families get off the financial tightrope.

Public Transportation- We are providing leadership to Friends Enhancing Emmet Transit  to establish a public transit system helping people get to work, appointments, and recreation.

Volunteer Connections- Our "virtual volunteer center" launched in December of 2009 and updated in 2013. It is the mission of Volunteer Connections to serve the volunteer needs of Charlevoix and Emmet Counties, by providing additional resources for volunteer recruitment, recognition, and management. The purpose of Volunteer Connections is to promote and increase volunteerism in our two county area. Volunteer Connections will assist organizations in maximizing their utilization of volunteers while assisting community members in finding meaningful volunteer opportunities. To see available volunteer opportunities in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties click here. To register on Volunteer Connections and begin posting your non-profit's volunteer opportunities click here.

Day of Caring- Each year volunteers come together to complete projects for local non-profits.  Read about this year's event.

Stuff the Bus- Each year United Way collects a bus-full of school supplies to donate to children who can't afford them. Stuff the Bus is held each August. We typically deliver over 10,500 items, sharing them between each of the school districts in Charleviox & Emmet Counties.

Project Connect- In March, 2016, over 700 people were connected with the services from 53 agencies to meet their needs. The 10th Annual Project Connect will be held in March 2017. Follow this link to the event website projectconnect231.com

Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) - Char-Em United Way is the local administrator of the Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program, which brought

$46,090 of federal funds into the community in 2015-16, or phase 32. These funds were distributed to: Manna Food Project, Salvation Army, Women's Resource Center, St. Francis, and St. Vincent DePaul. For the 2016-17 phase 33, EFSP funds total $25,328 and will be distributed to Manna Food Project, Salvation Army, Women's Resource Center.  These are federal funds expressly earmarked for housing, utility, food and mass shelter.  The reduction in funding is due to the federal formula used with Charelvoix County no longer qualifying for its own disbursement, but rather being part of a State set-aside allotment.

Rx Discount Cards - We provide FamilyWize prescription discount cards for anyone without prescription coverage in our two county area. As of Oct. 2016, 7,688 individuals have been helped in saving $904,381 on their prescriptions right here in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties.