Fighting for Wayne County
Since 2006, the United Way has continued its grassroots movement in Wayne County to raise funds specific to programs and services that directly benefit Wayne County residents.
With your help, the United Way works everyday in Wayne County to improve lives by funding programs and special initiatives that get to the heart of problems and create lasting change.
Nearly $650,000 in grant funds has been distributed to more than a dozen community organizations organizations providing critical services in the county. But the impact of the United Way in Wayne County is even more far-reaching as we’ve leveraged those dollars with direct and in-kind services such as educational tax credits, VITA, the Gift of Warmth and more for a sum total of more than $1.4 million in the last 13 years.
And you can be assured that while your contribution goes far — it does not go far away.
All funds raised in Wayne County stay right here to serve the needs of Wayne County residents. Join us in fighting for the education, financial stability and health of everyone in Wayne County.
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During the 2018 campaign, local companies—including The Dime Bank, The Honesdale National Bank and Wayne Bank—contributed to the United Way’s Educational Tax Credit program. These funds helped 35 children in Wayne County and one from Pike County attend quality area preschools.
In addition, the tax credit dollars supported innovative learning opportunities during after school programs for Wayne County students in Environmental Education to learn about natural resources, Robotics to gain confidence in math and science skills and a new Music and Arts program to explore the students’ creativity as 15 students wrote an original piece of music and performed it for the others while also creating art to display and take home.
In the 9th year of the Gift of Warmth program in Wayne County, more than 50 families in need received emergency fuel/utilityassistance last winter.
Marking the 10th year of our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program expansion in Wayne County, volunteers prepared 151 tax returns for Wayne County residents with another 12 filed online through My Free Taxes.
Now in our second year, the Remote Older Adult Monitoring (ROAM) program served more than 60 people at the Honesdale Senior Center. ROAM is a voluntary program held weekly that offers Wayne County residents age 60 or older an opportunity to have their vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse, blood oxygen and weight monitored between visits with their physician. Thanks to the generous support of the Villaume Foundation as well as United Way funds, there is no cost to participate in the ROAM program. Trained ROAM technicians use FDA-approved, non invasive medical devices to conduct the vital sign monitoring. The results are remotely reviewed by a nurse who will contact the senior at the first sign of an alert.
Additionally, Wayne County residents saved over $96,300 on nearly 1,100 prescriptions through the FamilyWize Prescription Discount program.