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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
      in programs that help our community members prevent
      trauma, make healthy choices, manage chronic disease
      and increase access to health care.
        United Way invested in a number of new programs this
      year including:
        • A challenge grant for Project LIFT Pre-Apprenticeship
      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,   United Way of Martin County
      support and outreach for special child populations,   President/CEO Carol G. Houwaart-
      including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), pre- and   Diez and Alzheimer’s Community Care   United Way of Martin County staff and board members announced that the
      post-adoptive and foster children, and children with   President/CEO Mary M. Barnes  organization has invested $2,204,848 in Martin County for 2018/19.
      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   As part of United Way of Martin County’s $2,204,848 impact, the organization announced community impact grant awards
      providing free tax preparation services. This year, trained   for 47 local programs and initiatives totaling $983,042.
      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.

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