United Way in a unique position in Alamance County
Collective Impact, Community Impact, Resilience, Thriving Community, donor centric, trauma, equity and person centered care…..what does it all mean? Well, it’s nonprofit jargon for a better place to live, work and play and how we get there.
You’ve heard about issues facing our community: violent crimes, low performing schools, homelessness and poverty. And, like many people in Alamance County, you believe we need to and can do better.
Maybe you are aware of these issues on a more personal level. Or perhaps some of the deep-seated issues facing our county have personally impacted you or someone you know.
Regardless of your level of familiarity, you know our community has many needs. Maybe, like so many, you feel like you’re sitting on the sidelines. You want to have an impact on the local community, but you haven’t found a meaningful way to plug in. Or you may be involved, but you want to do more.
If any of this sounds familiar, you are in good company.
That is where United Way of Alamance County comes in. United Way of Alamance County is funded primarily by a small army of engaged citizens who recognize the needs in our county. They reached a simple conclusion: “We can do better, and I want to be part of the solution.” And, one-by-one, they put their oars in the water and started paddling. Together, we’ve worked in every corner of the county on issues ranging from mental health to homelessness to transportation. And along the way, as we worked with people from every walk of life, we made a profound discovery.
Our community’s issues are largely connected to root-causes.
We know there is a lot of great work being done by nonprofits in Alamance County. Some of them are doing amazing things on shoestring budgets and volunteer support. However, our best efforts in isolation are nowhere near as effective as our collective efforts as a team. Wes Moore, Executive Director, Robin Hood Foundation, sums it up best, “We use rigorous metrics and data to take bold action and create impactful solutions, we support the work of the very best nonprofits providing direct-service work in the poverty fight, and we follow the data wherever it leads us.” That’s what we are doing at our local United Way too.
You may be thinking, “That’s a big job. No one can do that by themselves.” And you’d be right. Which is why the United Way of Alamance County is uniquely suited for the task. As conveners, we effectively align organizations, donors, and volunteers.
For these reasons and many more, people across Alamance County choose to partner with United Way. They appreciate the unique position we’re in to convene strategic thinkers and doers in pursuit of bold goals. They get off the sidelines and into the game, because they see that they can make a difference in their community through the United Way. And that’s my hope for you.
You can make a difference through United Way. In fact, so many already have, please see our annual report.
Recently, United Way has been working closely with a Task Force to assist Allied Churches to solidify their programs and procedures Board of Directors and funding. When the word of the impending closure of the shelter erupted, there was widespread concern and the community looked to United Way for a solution. We have the relationships in place, the expertise and the knowledge to take on such a task. Similar to when Loaves and Fishes abruptly closed, we were here to put the community at ease and help find solutions.
We are there when there is an emergency and we are here for the long-term solutions. What would this county look like without this United Way? We not only provide financial support but the strategic direction needed to improve outcomes on poverty, education and health for every person in every community.
So, let’s recap. Many of our issues are symptoms that can be traced to root causes. Root causes are best addressed through collaboration. United Way of Alamance County is uniquely positioned to convene thinkers and doers. By giving with United Way of Alamance County, you can make a difference too!
So, I hope you’ll climb aboard and put an oar in the water, because we need your help. Our county needs a sustained focus on root-cause issues, and the work won’t get done by itself. It’s going to take time, collaboration, funding, and perseverance. And it’s going to take people like you who believe that we as a county can and should do better.
Join forces with United Way of Alamance County and fight for every person, in every community! To learn more visit www.uwalamance.org.