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United Way Funds New Programs from page 1                                        About United Way Of Martin County                            change and provide support to Martin County residents by
                                                                                 	 United Way of Martin County’s mission is to lift the       investing in programs that strive to: enhance healthy living,
development through education, job placement and                                 community and change lives together through the collective   improve education, and support financial stability.
retention and legal mediation. The goal is to help our                           power of advancing the common good. Since 1972, the
community earn it, keep it and save it. United Way is also                       United Way has been working to create long-term social                                Photo Credit: Chaplain L. C. Campbell
supporting food and housing assistance programs.
	 And in the focus area of health, United Way is investing                       United Way of Martin County          United Way of Martin County staff and board members announced that the
in programs that help our community members prevent                              President/CEO Carol G. Houwaart-     organization has invested $2,204,848 in Martin County for 2018/19.
trauma, make healthy choices, manage chronic disease                             Diez and Alzheimer’s Community Care
and increase access to health care.                                              President/CEO Mary M. Barnes
	 United Way invested in a number of new programs this
year including:                                                                  As part of United Way of Martin County’s $2,204,848 impact, the organization announced community impact grant awards
	 • A challenge grant for Project LIFT Pre-Apprenticeship                        for 47 local programs and initiatives totaling $983,042.
Certification Program. The Pre-Apprenticeship Program
in carpentry that allows teens access to a career pathway
with a livable wage;
	 • Helping People Succeed’s Behavioral Services
program. This program will provide parenting classes,
support and outreach for special child populations,
including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), pre- and
post-adoptive and foster children, and children with
behavior disorders.
	 • Martin County School District Getting Ready for
Kindergarten program. This is a summer program for
children entering kindergarten with suspected below level
literacy mastery and professional development for VPK
teachers at child care centers.
	 • Martin County School District Head Start program.
This program will provide culturally sensitive, low literacy
materials that will engage and empower families to make
healthy decisions.
	 United Way’s impact goes beyond financial support.
Each year the organization helps taxpayers in low-income
households keep more of their hard-earned money by
providing free tax preparation services. This year, trained
volunteers prepared 267 tax returns for Martin County
residents. This free tax preparation program brought
$298,585 back to residents and into the community through
tax refunds while saving $70,000 in tax preparation fees.
	 United Way’s passionate and hardworking volunteer
network also drives meaningful impact in the community.
Through United Way of Martin County’s volunteer center,
Martin Volunteers, more than 1,200 volunteers devoted
nearly 100,000 reported hours in service to nonprofit and
public agencies, providing an estimated dollar value of
$2.24 million for their volunteer time.
	 To learn more about United Way of Martin County
and to view a full list of funded programs, visit www.
UnitedWayMartin.org/fundedprograms.

                                                                                 United Way of Martin County presented two grants to Martin   United Way of Martin County presented two grants to
                                                                                 County Healthy Start. Martin County Healthy Start’s Lisa
                                                                                 Kieffer, prenatal outreach manager; Samantha Suffich,        Salvation Army of Martin County. Left to right: United Way
                                                                                 executive director; Aubrey Campbell, manager of operations;  of Martin County President/CEO Carol G. Houwaart-Diez;
                                                                                 with United Way of Martin County’s President/CEO Carol G.    Salvation Army Public Relations/Volunteer Coordinator Kim
                                                                                 Houwaart-Diez (holding Otis Campbell) and United Way of      Johnson; Salvation Army Corps Officer Captain Christine
                                                                                 Martin County Incoming Board Chair Denise Ehrich             Kim; United Way of Martin County Incoming Board Chair

                                                                                                                                              Denise Ehrich

United Way of Martin County presented three grants to
the Martin County School District. Left to right: Health
Services Manager, MCSD Pre-K Programs Stuart Learning
Center Site Manager, Sheila Moore; MCSD Director of
Curriculum and Instruction Mary White; United Way of
Martin County President/CEO Carol G. Houwaart-Diez;
MCSD Director of Pre-Kindergarten Programs Jennifer
Corkern; MCSD Coordinator of Reading/Language Arts
Shannon Blount; United Way of Martin County Incoming
Board Chair Denise Ehrich

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