It's My Bag
Through our partnership with this Foster Care Program, the United Way of Chenango County reaches out to 60 children a year with backpacks, personal care, and other items such as blankets, stuffed animals, and other comfort items to help ease their transition into a more safe environment.
Find out how It's My Bag got started, how they make an impact, and how you can help on their website.
Chenango Dental Task Force
The Chenango Dental Task Force works to bring attention to promoting healthy oral hygeine habits to the children of Chenango County. With the help of our local United Way, the task force was able to provide 4,000 elementary school students with their own toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss in eleven schools in our area. These dental kits are every day essentials that keep our children healthy and smiling bright, and cavity-free!
SingleCare (formerly Family Wize)
Our partnership with SingleCare has helped county residents save an average of 41% per prescription. Anyone with or without insurance can use a SingleCare prescription card to receive a discount on their medications that they pick up from their local pharmacy. Accepted at over 60,000 Pharmacies around the Country (including Walmart and Walgreens), using the program is as simple as downloading the app and showing your SingleCare card when you pick up your prescription.
Find out more about how to sign up for and use your SingleCare card here.
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
By being an affiliate of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, the Chenango County United Way has been able to help more than 1,600 Children in our area receive free books delivered monthly- families don't even have to pay for shipping. Our local United Way prides itself in promoting child literacy in kids of all ages and varying degrees of ability and skill, and thanks to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, that means that we are able to help provide a variety of audio books and books in braille to kids who are blind or visually impaired.
Click here to sign up your child for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Free Book Program.
Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP)
The Chenango County United Way helped allocate $48,866 in federal funds received to assist with local hunger and housing needs in our community. These program funds go directly to those in need in form of food (either served meals or in groceries for the home), lodging and shelter assistance, one months rent or mortgage payments, and one months utility bill to help our neighbors and community members stay safe, warm, and fed. This money helps operate the 14-18 soup kitchens we collaborate with each year.
The EFSP has been around since the early 1980s, and since then has helped distribute more than five billion dollars to localities nationwide. Learn more about this program on their website.
The United Way helps fund this non-emergency Call Center providing information and referrals for food, shelter, healthcare services, and financial assistance. Calls come in from members of our community in crisis, those who are going through sexual or domestic abuse, dealing with a mental health crisis, or people who know of someone who is struggling. 2-1-1 is a comprehensive source of information on local resources and services to help those in need. Our local call center responded to more than 300 inquiries from Chenango County residents in the first six months of 2020.
To get connected to the Chenango County 2-1-1 service, simply dial 2-1-1 on your phone or mobile device.
ALICE Project: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed
Sometimes, those of us who are employed are still unable to afford household necessities and fall just short of the qualifications needed to obtain forms of food, housing, or financial assistance. The United Way began the ALICE project in order to empower working families who are struggling to afford a basic household budget. Through ALICE we bring about awareness of this largely hidden section of our community that struggles to afford basic necessities. Some of our neighbors are forced to ask themselves "I only have so much, should I pay rent or pay the water bill this month?" and the ALICE Project aims to relieve that stress.
COVID Relief Fund
Our local United Way was proud to report that we helped raised and deploy over $136,000 For Chenango County COVID-19 relief and response. The money went to local organizations and programs that assisted our community with food, rent/utilities, prescriptions, mental and emotional health needs, and child care.
As the pandemic continues to impact our lives, we will continue to allocate funds and inject them into Chenango County to support our community into 2021 and beyond.