United Way Announces Community Impact Funding

United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore recently announced its community impact funding totaling $1,288,549 for nonprofit programs and services in Wicomico, Worcester, Dorchester and Somerset Counties. United Way creates and enhances opportunities for making a positive and lasting impact in education, financial stability and health and is the largest source of non-governmental funding for local nonprofit agencies addressing the impact areas of education, financial stability and health.

“United Way Board Members, Staff and Volunteers spend hundreds of hours every year to ensure each contribution is directed to programs that are efficient, with proven positive outcomes,” said Gus Lebois, Chairman of United Way’s Community Impact Committee. The committee, which is responsible for deciding where funding is most needed in the community, spent 800 hours in the spring visiting local nonprofits and determining programs that service the most important and pressing needs on the Lower Shore. This $1,288,549 investment will directly impact the lives of over 77,000 Lower Shore residents with various services including emergency and crisis assistance, food security, ensuring access to mental and physical health needs, programs for our aging population, helping children and youth succeed, and more.

Kathleen Mommé, United Way Executive Director, shared “we are extremely pleased to provide support to these critical local programs that are doing such life-changing work in our community, and for our amazing donors who have made this possible.” To learn more about United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore visit www.uwles.org or call (410) 742–5143.

The following programs will be receiving United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore funding:

American Red Cross – Delmarva Region
- Emergency Services in Wicomico, Worcester, Dorchester and Somerset Counties

Bay Area Center for Independent Living (BACIL)
- Assistive Technology Center

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake
- One-to-One Mentoring
- Mentor Training

Catholic Charities – Seton Center
- Seton Center Food Distribution & Crisis Assistance

Chesapeake Housing Mission
- Wheelchair Accessibility

Coastal Hospice
- Hospice Program
- Palliative Care Program
-Compass program

Del-Mar-Va Boy Scouts
- Lower Shore Outreach

Delmarva Community Services
- Transportation for Dialysis Patients
- Respite Care for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease
- Community Action – Emergency Food Assistance
- Community Action – Homelessness Prevention
- One Stop Center – Veterans Travel
- One Stop Center – Delmarva United Dental Fund
- Senior Rural Food Distribution
- Medical Adult Day Care – Hurlock

- Emergency Shelter
- Transitional Housing

Dove Pointe
- Children’s Program

Easter Seals
- Camp Fairlee

Epoch Dream Center
-After School Program

For All Seasons
- Dorchester County School-Based Mental Health Program

Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay
- Girl Scouts Leadership Experience for Outreach Programs

Habitat for Humanity
- Community Building

Life Crisis Center
- MD 211 24 Hour Crisis Hotline

MAC, Inc.
- Meals on Wheels
- Senior Job Training
- Alzheimer’s Day Program

Mid-Shore Mediation
-Dorchester County Schools Conflict Resolution

Salisbury Horizons
- Salisbury Horizons

Salisbury Substance Abuse Community Center (SSACC)
- SSACC Community Center

Salisbury Urban Ministries
- Community Health (Lazarus Health Program)
- Kids Café

Salvation Army- Salisbury
- Social Services
- Salisbury Youth Club
- Crisfield Youth Club
- Education/Latchkey Program
- Richard Hazel Youth Center
- Older Adult Ministries

Salvation Army- Cambridge
-Youth Education Program
-House of Hope Shelter

Samaritan Ministries
- Emergency Shelter
- Soup Kitchen

Somerset Community Services
- Transportation – Day Program

-National Farmworker Jobs Program

Village of Hope
- Step to Success Transitional Living Program

Worcester County Developmental Center
- Day Program

Worcester Youth and Family Services
- Mental Health Counseling
- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
- Strengthening Adolescent Girls with Education and Support (SAGES)
- Family Connections

About United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore:
Now in its 71st year, United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore continues to be the largest non-governmental source of funding for 62 critical programs in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester Counties. United Way helps Eastern Shore residents obtain Educational Success by reducing the achievement gap between low and middle income students, Financial Stability by advancing the economic security of families and individuals in our community, and Good Health by improving access to and awareness of local health and wellness services. In the 2014-2015 campaign year, United Way provided nearly $1.3 million to community programs and helped to change the lives of over 75,000 individuals. For more information, visit www.uwles.org.