Aug 26, 2016
We were joined in the studio for
The Valley Today by Nadine Pottinga, President/CEO of United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley
to talk about their upcoming Day of Caring on September 14, their
2016 Campaign and the Rubbermaid Sale that happens tomorrow
(and the last Saturday of every month) in the Belk parking lot at
Apple Blossom Mall. We had a
great conversation about the impact volunteers, sponsors and donors
can make in our community - no matter how small the donation. Since
1946 the United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley has worked to
impact the community human care needs that matter most to the
people of Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah Counties and the City of
Winchester. Through programs and community partnerships, they
bring the community together to respond to local needs.
Thanks to the support of local employees, corporations and
individuals, they are able to provide grants in the critical need
areas of Education, Income, and Health which are the
building blocks for a good life. Your support helps United Way
impact critical community needs.
- Local Department of Social Services, Salvation Army and other
emergency assistance providers report that many young families,
affected by economic conditions, are requesting food, shelter and
utility assistance for the first time. In addition to grant
support, United Way is working with local providers and the
community to collect personal care items, diapers and informational
material to help local families cope.
- Helping young people make positive choices is important.
Many local agencies have had to reduce staff while facing
continued demand for needed programs. United Way is working to
facilitate collaborative efforts to allow agencies to work together
to share programs and resources in order to meet the needs of our
- Day Care for children, seniors and the disabled helps
caregivers retain jobs and continue their educations…local daycare
centers report that many working families have experiences salary
and benefit reductions which has made it difficult to continue to
afford day care service. United Way support helps subsidize the
cost of needed day care service.
- Free Clinics provide health care and prescription programs to
help families unable to afford needed health care. Local
programs have experienced a 45% increase in demand for care.
United Way is partnering with community groups to help secure
trained volunteers to meet the need.
- Economic difficulties can result in domestic violence. It
has been reported that the number of domestic violence court cases
has increased dramatically and involves many first time offenders.
United Way grant funding helps provide shelter and support for
families in crisis.