The Vision of United Way of Lapeer County is to create long-lasting community change by addressing the underlying causes of the most significant issues facing Lapeer County residents.
We work to advance the common good by focusing on three priority areas: Education, Income and Health. These are the building blocks for a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. This funding opportunity was established to build community capacity to support individuals and families with immediate needs and establish a foundation for long-term change.
Following are the agencies we have partnered with to support these priority areas.
United Way's goal in education is to make sure that every child in our community begins school prepared and ready to learn, graduates on time and is career or college ready.
A unique book gifting program for children age 0-5 residing in Lapeer County. The goal is to promote early literacy and Kindergarten readiness and the love of reading.
With funding provided by United Way of Lapeer County the Family Literacy Center will be able to provide structured Kindergarten Readiness Programs and Playgroups that provide developmental activities for children which prepare participants to start school ready to learn.
With grant money from United Way of Lapeer County Mentors for Kids has a mentoring program that provides one-to-one, long term, positive adult mentors for children primarily from single parent homes who could benefit from a good role model and friend in their life.
Funding was awarded to Lapeer County Kids in New Directions (KIND). KIND's Drop Out Prevention Program strives to promote success for youth and families at home, school and in the community. KIND’s primary purpose is to provide prevention and early interventions in instances of emotional difficulties, social isolation, irresponsibility, delinquency, and violence.
Income and Financial Stability
To address the obstacles that prevent hard working families from getting ahead financially, United Way launched the Financial Stability Partnership, an initiative that promotes community change strategies to help families meet their basic needs, while gaining the financial stability that will allow them to plan for—and accomplish—their long-term financial goals.
Is a help line or resource service that is provided 24 hours per day 365 days per week and is FREE to Lapeer County residents. In 2014 the 2-1-1 help line recieved over 900 calls for Lapeer County. Get connected and Get Answers whenever you need them.
Hispanic Service Center
The Empowering the Needy “Financial Stability Project” permit’s the Hispanic Service Center to accomplish it’s Mission with funding provided by United Way of Lapeer County: To improve the lives of individuals of all ethnicities as well as to empower them to become productive citizens of our community.
Since 2008, we’ve been working to achieve our bold, 10-year goal: to increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors by 2018. Whether it is a neighbor without health insurance, a victim of abuse, or someone struggling with mental illness or an addiction, United Way is working to ensure everyone has access to affordable and quality care.
Achieving our goal requires us all to become more aware of health risks and the potential effects they have on ourselves and others. Working to change policies and practices, such as extending health care coverage, will enable more people to live healthier lives.
With funding provided by United Way of Lapeer County the Child Advocacy Center is providing a prevention program called “Don’t Just Talk About It-Do Something About It” offered to all Lapeer County middle and High School students in LApeer County. The prevention program teaches students what to do in dangerous situations and how to get help. Topics include bullying, dating violence, date rape, drugs and alcohol, sexual violence and sexting. In the 2014/15 this program served 7,600 students and staff in Lapeer County.
Lapeer Area Citizens Against Domestic Assault is the domestic violence and sexual assault emergency shelter and outreach program for Lapeer County. With funding provided by United Way of Lapeer County they are providing a domestic violence prevention program. In 2014/15 LACADA providede services to 157 women and 80 children. THere were 31 presentations given reaching over 450 people.
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