TOP 10 BENEFITS OF GIVING TO UNITED WAY
With United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, you have the opportunity to touch the lives of your Lower Shore neighbors in need...to know that 100% of every dollar you contribute will stay on the Lower Shore...and that every penny you contribute will be combined with other contributions to unite us all, so together, we can Live United and make a bigger impact than we could ever make alone.
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All dollars stay locally in Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset & Dorchester Counties and the organization is locally governed by local volunteer leaders.
The local United Way spends hundreds of hours every year to ensure each contribution is directed to programs that are efficient and demonstrate measurable results. Additionally, each year United Way analyzes all agency budgets, audits, tax forms and then visits each agency to see programs in action first hand ... all to ensure donor's dollars are spent where the needs are greatest and will have the most impact.
The local United Way maintains the highest level of accountability to ensure they are in compliance with all state, federal, local and non-profit standards. Administrative costs are currently at 19.8% … far below the national average of 37% for charities.
The local United Way provides services for the Lower Shore’s four counties with a total staff of 10 employees. Additionally, they save the non-profit community thousands of hours in administrative dollars allowing agencies to concentrate on providing services instead of fundraising all year long.
The local United Way was able to touch over 1 in 3 Lower Shore residents in 2018…and is the best way to make the most difference for the most people and be assured contributions are being used wisely. Outside of government, United Way is the largest provider of funds and services currently totaling over $1 million annually.
United Way focuses all of its resources to programs that 1) Help children succeed - Education 2) Provide emergency assistance for those in crisis - Financial Stability and 3) Ensure critical support to our aging & vulnerable neighbors - Health.
Through payroll deduction, United Way creates the opportunity for everyone to give back to the community. It is convenient, affordable and an easy way to make a difference.
Although 90% of local donors choose not to designate to a specific United Way agency, impact area or location, the option is available for those who give $100 or more. If an employee wishes to designate their gift of any size to their hometown, their contribution will be directed to that United Way.
The veteran staff leadership has more than 70 combined years of experience serving our community through the local United Way and other non-profit organizations…and the Board of Directors is comprised of 35 leadership volunteers representing all four counties.
Incentives & Recognition
Leadership Circle Members, those who donate a minimum of $250 annually, are eligible to win a $1,000 shopping gift card provided by First Shore Federal. Anchor Society members, those who donate a minimum of $500 annually, are eligible to win a $2,500 dream vacation of your choice provided by PNC Bank.
In honor of the 75th Anniversary of the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, anyone who contributes $75 or more to the 2019-2020 campaign will be automatically entered for a chance to win a diamond his or her watch provided by Perdue Farms. *Winner will be announced at the 75th Anniversary Community Celebration on July 19, 2020.