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United Way Program and Initiatives

Through your generous donations to United Way of Bay County, the organization, its Board of Directors, staff, numerous volunteers, and Partner Agencies are able to continually improve our community and the lives of thousands of residents each year. 

United Way focuses on Youth, Health, and Basic Needs by providing services and resources directly to individuals and families.  United Way supports programs through its Partner Agencies, creates community initiatives like the American Dream, and collaborates with others to identify community needs & implement solutions to them.

Youth who are taught to be healthy and are protected from harm are proven to have a higher likelihood of being successful adults. United Way provides support activities that create healthy habits for life.

Are you aware that hundreds of youth in our community go back to school each year without adequate school clothing and shoes?  Some of them even end up wearing flip flops well into the winter months.  United Way responded to the increased need for Back to School Clothes by mobilizing volunteer and financial resources for this program and helped over 1,000 kids, by sending them back to school with new shoes, clothing, undergarments, and a big smile!

United Way responded to the increased need for healthy, fresh produce by raising nearly 7,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables through the RSVP Community Garden.  The garden is ran by senior volunteers and used local grant dollars to purchase seeds and plants.  The food was then disbursed throughout the community by way of local shelters, food pantries, and hunger relief organizations.

United Way responded to the increased need for food by providing food baskets and vouchers to 176 households in need through our AFL-CIO Community Service Program.  Did you know that without your United Way, Federal Emergency Food & Shelter, money would not come to Bay County?  United Way helped facilitate the distribution of $154,887 in emergency funds and AARA funds to agencies to meet basic needs.

United Way responded to the need for our residents to be more self-sufficient by providing free income tax preparation to over 1,700 households through our FREE Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).

These programs, as well as nearly 40 programs through our 20 Partner Agencies, work hard all year long to overcome everyday barriers and provide families and individuals the tools and support they need to succeed.

Click here to see a list of Partner Agency programs and funding from the 2014-15 grant period.