The one thing that drives everything we do is our mission to improve lives in Hall County. United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community because those pillars are the building blocks to empower people and transform possibilities.
Whether it is an individual or family without health insurance, a victim of abuse, or someone struggling with mental illness or an addiction, United Way of Hall County believes in improving everyone’s health and safety. Our aspiration is that all residents of Hall County are healthy and safe. We promote health and safety by investing in:
Efforts to break the cycle of domestic violence, abuse and neglect – Regardless of age, living in a home and community free from violence, abuse or neglect is essential to individuals’ overall sense of well-being.
Improving access to primary medical, behavioral and dental care – Individuals must have access to necessary health care services, including those for preventive, mental, dental, pharmaceutical, vision or other that is provided in a coordinated way that will produce the best health results.
Prevention of and intervention in unsafe or unhealthy behaviors – Beginning with prenatal care, developing a lifestyle that includes a nutritious diet, physical activity and avoidance of unsafe drugs, alcohol and tobacco provides the foundation for living a healthier life that is productive and meaningful.
United Way of Hall County believes that learning begins at birth and continues throughout life. Our aspiration is that all residents of Hall County will have opportunities to learn which will help them achieve their full potential. Education has many forms and is not limited to a classroom environment from kindergarten through high school. United Way of Hall County invests in programs that support:
Early learning – Children learn best in loving, nurturing environments and through everyday experiences. These essential connections significantly impact brain development in the early years in preparation for future learning. Whether children are at home with family or friends, or in childcare, the quality of their early experiences is crucial to later school success. Visit www.bornlearning.org for ways parents, grandparents and caregivers can turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.
Well-being of school-age children and adolescents – It is important that young people are nurtured and have opportunities to develop the interpersonal skills needed to be successful. Problem-solving, conflict resolution, creativity, self-discipline, relationship-building and character development are just a few of the critical assets children need to learn as they grow into adulthood. Mentoring and positive relationships with adults greatly contribute to the acquisition of these skills.
Basic literacy and comprehension development skills – Early-grade literacy forms the foundation of later school success. Until third grade, children are learning to read. After 4th grade, they are reading to learn. Without adequate command of language and the ability to comprehend and communicate, children fall behind, rarely catch up and their success as adults is adversely affected.
United Way of Hall County believes that many families and individuals face obstacles to achieving financial stability and independence. Our aspiration is that all residents of Hall County have opportunities to meet their basic needs and achieve self-sufficiency. United Way of Hall County supports families as they actively pursue stability and independence by investing in:
Resources providing food, shelter and clothing – As many as one-third of working Americans do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs. In Georgia, 28% of children under the age of 18 live in “food insecure” households. The USDA defines food insecurity as the lack of access to adequate food resulting from lack of money and other resources. (Feeding America, Map the Meal Gap: Child Food Insecurity, August 2011)
Addressing barriers to self-sufficiency – Because of the neighborhood they live in, credit history or lack of transportation, low-income working families often pay more for basic goods and services than families with higher incomes. Connecting families with appropriate consumer education will promote better management of income, help avoid debt and enhance their ability to save.
Promotion of financial security – Family-sustaining employment is the foundation of financial security. Many working adults earn less than $25,000 annually, which is just above the poverty rate for a family of four (2012 Federal Poverty level guidelines for a family of four is $23,050). These workers often struggle to afford food, rent, childcare, and transportation, with little left over for saving and investing. Families must have a steady source of income that covers the cost of basic necessities before they can make long-term financial decisions regarding savings and asset-building.