Community Impact Area of Need

Please Note: Community Impact funding is for programs in identified Areas of Need determined by teams of volunteers who live and work in our community. Their decisions are based on expert knowledge, feedback, and statistical data, e.g. from needs assessments.

HEALTH: The Path to Wellness

Narrow Focus: Emphasis on Adult and Senior Needs

The Bowse Health Trust Needs Assessment identified access to dental services, and mental health support as priority areas of need for our community. Investigation by a UWRC committee further confirmed this, so these continue to be focus areas for funding in 2019. In addition, UWRC will be supporting programs that provide services to seniors, disabled and ailing members of the community to enable them to live independent, happy lives.

1.) Promoting access to dental care and dental health education
e.g., emergency dental care, dental and nutrition education ...

2.) Providing access to services and support for those with mental illness
e.g., post-traumatic stress, depression, addiction, bi-polar ...

3.) Facilitating quality independent living
e.g., nutrition, care, community, advocacy ...


INCOME: The Road to Financial Stability

Narrow Focus: Youth in transition and Work Age Adults

We are fully aware of the stress an increasing section of our community are feeling in recent years due to the instability of the local, regional, and national economies. While continuing to fund programs that provide basic needs services for individuals and families who are in temporary or long-term crisis, the UWRC has identified the need to focus on programs whose specific outcomes may lead to sustainable employment.

1.) Providing training and skills to gain and maintain employment
e.g., experiential learning, mentoring, life skills ...

2.) Removing barriers to gaining and sustaining employment
e.g., criminal records, transportation, substance abuse ...

3.) Developing opportunities to enhance prospects for low wage
e.g., affordable housing and child care, tax assistance ...


EDUCATION: The Journey Towards Knowledge

Narrow Focus: Ensure our Children have every chance to Succeed

Early childhood trauma has been linked to a variety of lifelong cognitive behavioral and physiological problems. High rates of substance abuse and poverty in our area significantly increase the risk of childhood trauma. We are dedicated to funding programs to provide quality childcare, programs for beyond the school day, provide care, experiential  education and additional benefits such as meals.

1.) Expand Childcare  
e.g., childcare capacity and quality are expanded, providing quality, affordable daycare ...

2.) Alleviate Childhood Trauma
e.g., being able recognize trauma and provide support to children to ensure success in school and life ...

3.) Support Children Beyond the School Day and Year
e.g., provide programs beyond the school day to low income children, increase and enhance current programs ...