United Way of Clinton County, Iowa (UWCCI) collected contributions totaling $497,144 for 76.5% of the $650,000 goal at its campaign report on New Year’s Eve. The campaign actively seeks gifts through early 2020. The campaign is ahead of last year at approximately the same time, which reached 68% of goal.
Contributions stay in Clinton County to help children get a strong start in life, enter school ready to succeed and build critical reading skills, to help individuals and families get a quality education and tools to get jobs that will support a family, and increase families’ access to health care, and healthier foods, activities, and environments.
In addition to working in the areas of Health, Education and Income, United Way funded agencies collaborate on special projects to enhance skills of individuals working to get ahead. The Clinton Reads Collaborative provides “MEN”tor readers once a month to first grade students in Clinton. Male volunteers read an age-appropriate story to students, and then leave a copy of the book they have read for each student to take home and re-read with their family. The program serves two purposes. First, students see “MEN”tors read and learn that they too can become life-long readers. Second, they see MEN readers; children see few men role models during the early school years.
For adults, the agencies that provide basic needs support work together to teach money skills. The Practical Money Skills class consists of five sessions teaching spending plans and skills to best use available resources to meet financial goals. Participants use this hand-up to pay bills, set up bank accounts, and secure mortgages.
Last, the Clinton County Informed Alliance was formed to address ways to create a resilient and nurturing community. These United Way funded organizations and other community organizations work to reverse the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). These traumatic events affect the way a child functions into adulthood. By learning effective coping techniques, children and adults can act less impulsively, focus better, and get along with others. They can build appropriate relationships to be successful in work and school.
To learn more about United Way or to donate to the campaign, visit www.clintonunitedway.org, or contact the local office at 242-1209 or firstname.lastname@example.org.