Initiatives

Starting with these impact initiatives, we can make the impossible, possible.

It takes dedication, motivation — and innovation — to make a difference. Along with our partners, we’ve launched these three impact initiatives to support the health, education and financial stability of Monroe County families.

  • Access to healthy food
  • Support for working families
  • Help when needed most

More than ever, we need to fight hunger in Monroe County. Together, food pantries, volunteers, and for-profit companies are helping more families gain access to affordable nutritious food.

Need

20,000+

individuals struggle with adequate access to food.

13,000+

children receive free and reduced priced lunch at school.

1/3

of all residents in Monroe County are considered obese

Results

22,544

individuals received food assistance last year.

904,722

pounds of fresh produce, dairy, and proteins distributed to food pantries in Monroe County.

277,771

meals or food baskets provided last year.

DOUBLED

the number of summer meals served to children in need compared to the previous year.

Testimonial

"When it’s just me, an adult who can make her own choices, I can choose not to eat. Or to eat cheap junk that at least provided enough calories to keep going. I cannot make that same choice for my kids. They have to eat enough of the right food for their bodies and brains to develop."

- Christine Gilbert

Fiscal Year INVESTMENT: $221,055


Access

Nutrition

Backbone*
Partner Amount
Access Nutrition Backbone* Outcome focus
CACLV - Second Harvest $22,555
Monroe County Farmers Market $7,000
Monroe County Meals on Wheels Inc. $13,051
Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network $22,491
St. Luke's Hospital - Monroe Campus $5,000
The Salvation Army $30,474
United Way of Monroe County $120,484

*Backbone services are direct program activities that ensure the success of the initiative. This includes, but may not be limited to: advocacy at local, state and federal levels, coordination of partners, resources and other stakeholders, communication & promotion of services, volunteer coordination, community investment oversight, monitoring and evaluation of services, community needs assessments, technical support, and capacity building. For the Access to healthy food initiative, Backbone Services are largely focussed on the work of the Hunger Coalition of Monroe County.

For a detailed description of Pocono Mountains United Way’s program investments, see our most recent Community Investment Report, here.

More than ever, parents are struggling to provide for their families, and their children are not able to succeed. Together, through after school programs, pre-k services, and family support programs, we are empowering parents to increase their financial stability and enabling children to reach their full potential.

Need

76.2%

UNSERVED children ELIGIBLE for publicly funded pre-k

38.3%

BELOW Proficient Reading 3rd Grade PSSA

19.0%

Regulated Childcare Providers offering High Quality Pre-K Programs.

Results

501

families can access work because their children have been provided 256 days of high quality day-care.

428

at risk boys and girls had improved workforce development or social skills, and/or increased academic performance last year.

2,991

children received screenings, so any developmental issues were discovered before they started school.

300+

struggling single mothers received care packages on Valentine's Day for WOMEN UNITED's inaugural volunteer project.

Testimonial

"There is simply not enough child care in our community – especially non-traditional childcare. Head Start, the Growing Place .. these programs are so important - they let parents earn the money they need to support their families, while giving our children a genuine ‘head start’ to help them succeed when they get to school."

- Focus group discussion respondent, 2016 Community Needs Assessment

Fiscal Year INVESTMENT: $215,944


Childcare and Education

Youth Development

Family Support

Backbone*
Partner Amount
Childcare and Education Youth Development Family Support Backbone* Outcome focus
Boy Scouts of America - Minsi Trails Council $6,511
Catholic Social Services - Big Brothers Big Sisters $11,200
Lehigh Valley Hospital - Pocono - Nurse Family Partnership $8,101
Monroe County Youth Employment Services $9,751
Pocono Alliance $26,601
Pocono Family YMCA $6,601
Pocono Services for Families & Children $61,580
The Growing Place Child Care Centers $25,601
United Way of Monroe County $59,998

*Backbone services are direct program activities that ensure the success of the initiative. This includes, but may not be limited to: advocacy at local, state and federal levels, coordination of partners, resources and other stakeholders, communication & promotion of services, volunteer coordination, community investment oversight, monitoring and evaluation of services, community needs assessments, technical support, and capacity building.

For a detailed description of Pocono Mountains United Way’s program investments, see our most recent Community Investment Report, here.

More than ever, people in our community need a helping hand to get themselves back on their feet. Together, we are ensuring that crucial support is available in our community and we are connecting community members with those services when they need it most.

Need

41.7%

of households spend more than 30% of their income on housing

39.4%

of children (0-18) are living at or BELOW 200% poverty level.

65

Monroe County’s ranking on Quality of Life out of 67 counties in Pennsylvania (Robert Wood Johnson County Health Rankings)

106

unsheltered homeless individuals in Monroe County identified in 2017 “Point in Time” Count

Results

19,863

nights of shelter/housing provided to individuals and families in need.

2,064

victims of abuse were served, either through shelter, a hotline, or counseling.

11,664

individuals were assisted and guided to community services last year through 2-1-1 and special projects.

1,563

individuals saved a cumulative of $133,636 last year through the FamilyWise Presciption Discount Program.

191

individuals accessed free tax preparation services through United Way's MyFreeTaxes Program.

Testimonial

"Housing programs are stressed, public housing is full and people aren’t ready to leave once a transitional housing program is complete. Wages simply don’t correspond to fair market rents. Residents need a full time job and a half to keep a roof over their head – and that often means they are no longer eligible for medical assistance. We need a champion to speak on behalf of the impoverished."

- Focus group respondent, 2016 Community Needs Assessment

Fiscal Year INVESTMENT: $279,946


Housing/ Homelessness

Crisis intervention

Info & Referral

Backbone*
Partner Amount
Housing/ Homelessness Crisis intervention Info & Referral Backbone* Outcome focus
American Red Cross of the Pocono Mountains $23,283
Center for Vision Loss $10,000
Family Promise of Monroe County $14,992
Family Services Association of NEPA - 211 $3,720
Integra Home Counseling $5,000
Monroe County Habitat for Humanity $5,570
Pocono Alliance - 211 $30,000
Pocono Alliance - Bridges Out of Poverty $7,500
Pocono Area Transitional Housing $23,407
Resources for Human Development - Street2Feet $15,000
United Way of Monroe County - Latino Social Services $9,000
United Way of Monroe County $89,996
VALOR Clinic Foundation $13,130
Women's Resources of Monroe County $29,348

*Backbone services are direct program activities that ensure the success of the initiative. This includes, but may not be limited to: advocacy at local, state and federal levels, coordination of partners, resources and other stakeholders, communication & promotion of services, volunteer coordination, community investment oversight, monitoring and evaluation of services, community needs assessments, technical support, and capacity building.

For a detailed description of Pocono Mountains United Way’s program investments, see our most recent Community Investment Report, here.

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