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2014 Report to the Community

2014 REPORT TO
THE COMMUNITY

WHAT HAS MY MONEY DONE?

Last year, we invested $31.5 million in community programs. Below are some highlights of how these funds directly improved the lives of Adrian, Roel, Jan, and thousands of other King County residents.

$4.2M HELPING PEOPLE MEET THEIR BASIC NEEDS MEET ADRIAN

Many low-income children go without healthy meals when school is out. In 2014, we expanded our summer meal program to 250 sites throughout King County and achieved our two-year goal of serving one million meals to hungry kids.

College freshman Adrian Tejada benefited from free summer meals as a child and spent last summer volunteering for the One Million Meals program. “I wanted to give back to my community,” he says simply.

He finds it humbling to be on the other end, helping kids just like him, and he's proud to see how the program has grown. “United Way has greatly expanded the program, running some sites from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every weekday, with a lunch and snack, as well as various activities.”

1 million meals fed to hungry kids

250 free meal sites

$14k in milk donated by Darigold

Learn more about what we're doing to meet people's basic needs.

$8.8M MAKING HOMELESSNESS RARE, BRIEF & ONE-TIME MEET ROEL

We've lifted thousands of people out of homelessness by providing emergency rent and utility assistance, expanding shelter capacity, breaking down housing barriers, and funding support services to help people stay off the street. But with many post-recession jobs paying low wages while housing costs soar out of reach, homelessness remains an urgent issue, especially for young people.

After losing his mom to ovarian cancer at age 6, Roel Williams cycled through fourteen foster families, shelters and group homes before deciding he was better off on his own. “I was always homeless or going from couch to couch,” he recalls. “I could never think about school because I was always thinking about surviving.”

Roel credits The Mockingbird Society, a United Way grantee, with helping him get back on his feet. He now lives in his own apartment with support from the Seattle YMCA and attends the Year Up education and career development program through Bellevue College. He's proud that our state extended the foster care age to 21 last year, but he knows the work of keeping kids safe and off the streets is far from done.

35% of kids exiting foster care in Washington become homeless within 12 months

22% of King County homeless youth identify as LGBTQ

67% of King County homeless youth are kids of color

Learn more about what we're doing to make homelessness rare, brief and one-time.

$8.3M GIVING ALL KIDS AN EQUAL CHANCE TO SUCCEED MEET JAN

Three out of four low-income kids in Washington are behind on their first day of school. The Parent-Child Home Program works to overcome this disparity by engaging families when it counts most, when their children are 2 and 3 years old, with culturally relevant in-home visits, educational books and toys.

When 3½ year old Jan started the program a year ago, she was behind some of her friends in speaking. Now she's counting to 10, saying the ABCs, starting to write her letters, and eagerly looking forward to following her two older brothers to school.

“My friend asked me how Jan had learned to speak so well at her age,” says Jan's mom Thuy Trang. “I just smiled and said it was the program.”

2 visits per week

30 percentage points more likely to graduate

1,000 families served

Learn more about what we're doing to give all kids an equal chance.

MULTIPLYING OUR EFFORTS MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS

Our September 2014 Day of Caring contributed $1.5 million worth of labor to our community through the completion of 553 projects by 11,800 volunteers.

That's a lot of painting, pruning, cleaning, tutoring, and meal serving! 57,328 hours to be exact – not to mention the thousands of priceless hours volunteers contributed throughout the year to power our annual campaign, board of directors, fundraising cabinet, committees, impact council, and hands-on service programs.

Hats off to all our amazing volunteers! Your generosity helps us make the most of every donated dollar.

OUR FINANCIALS LEARN MORE

For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, we invested $31.5 million in the community.

On average, more than 98 cents of every dollar donated to the United Way goes to meet community needs. This extraordinary operational efficiency would not be possible without the Gates Endowment, a fund created by Bill and Melinda Gates, the Gates Foundation, and other generous investors to offset our administrative expenses and help keep donated dollars flowing directly to services.

The print version of our annual report can be downloaded here.



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