Take a look at the new 2013-2014 annual report, and you’ll see how United Way volunteers, staff and community partners provide a great return on your investment in education, income and health. From July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, United Way of Tarrant County raised $31.1 million in total revenue and put back into the community a return on investment of 124.3%—the highest ROI in the last three years. United Way has raised $125 million in total revenue over the last four years to advance education, income and health.
Among the other accomplishments celebrated in the 2013-2014 Annual Report:
The Learn Well education initiative was extended to include at-risk youth in grades 9-12 so that Learn Well would have strategies for all phases of education from preschool through high school. Fort Worth ISD second graders in the UnitED Reading Ready program increased their reading proficiency four levels. Ninety-nine percent of Arlington ISD parents in the UnitED Jumpstart Learning program read to their children at least four times a week. Sixty percent of the Fort Worth ISD students in the UnitED Middle School Tools program passed all core courses.
The Earn Well initiative was 7% ahead of its annual targets in the long-term effort to help 24,000 low-income working families be on the path to financial stability by 2020. In 2013-2014, 325 workers completed skill-based job training and 78 families became homeowners. A total of 494 families improved their financial behaviors, with an average of $1,835 less debt and an average $203 increase in savings. At Earn Well tax preparation centers, families received $4.1 million in Earned Income Tax Credits.
Through the Live Well healthy aging and independent living initiative, 94% of caregivers receiving REACH II caregiver education were still caring for their loved ones at home after six months. Two-thirds of the diabetes and nutrition counseling clients had 10% fewer hospital and emergency room visits after six months. In the Diabetes Salud! counseling and education program, 72 percent of the participants enjoyed better health in the form of improved average blood sugar levels. Six of every 10 community health navigation clients developed greater confidence in dealing with their health concerns.
United Way received the largest federal grant in the nation—$5.8 million—for a statewide consortium with a network of “Navigators” to explain to eligible uninsured residents the options available to get health coverage through the new Health Insurance Marketplace.
United Way’s 2-1-1 information and referral service responded to 259,003 calls in 2013-2014, a 13% increase over the previous year. 2-1-1 has logged almost a million calls in the last four years.
United Way’s Area Agency on Aging served over 61,000 people. It leveraged more than $154,000 to support the Live Well initiative. The community health navigation program that is part of Live Well received the Aging Innovations Award from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.
United Way staff including Brandon Booker, Cassie McQuitty, Vicki Mize and Don Smith were recognized in Texas and nationally for their expertise and accomplishments.