When you join other community members in investing in United Way, your donation improves local lives and our entire community. Our Financial Stability community priority is to promote financial stability for individuals and families. Thanks to the work of local volunteers, the following Financial Programs were selected to receive an overall investment of $220,500 from the $1,150,000 campaign for 2019:
- Disaster Services $15,000
Red Cross activities and services are designed to deliver timely disaster relief to community residents and develop a more resilient community with a long-term community impact of Knox County households being better prepared to prevent, respond to, and recover from disaster. Through the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign (HFPC) the Red Cross as set a goal to reduce home fire deaths and injuries by 25% by the year 2020. Locally, volunteers and staff in partnership with local fire departments are going door-to-door installing free smoke alarms in at risk communities.
- Financial Aid $25,000
The Financial Aid program provides short-term assistance to Knox County residents for rent/rental deposit, utilities, prescriptions, and gasoline vouchers for out-of-county medical appointments. With offices in Centerburg, Danville, Fredericktown, and Mount Vernon, assistance is easily accessible to county residents. The program is designed to keep families in their homes and to insure that utilities, prescriptions, and transportation are available. Assistance with rent, deposit, or utilities is available once every 6 months. Rx and gasoline vouchers are available once every 60 days. Program objectives include preventing homelessness, ensuring safety and health, and preventing future crisis through case management and referral.
- Advocacy and Support for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence $53,000
The objectives of the “Advocacy and Support for Survivors of Domestic, Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence” program at New Directions are to provide: 1) safe housing and advocacy for adults and children who are escaping domestic, intimate partner and sexual violence; 2) hospital accompaniment, hotline information and/or individual advocacy for sexual assault survivors; and, 3) individual advocacy, court accompaniment, education and/or referrals for persons who file law enforcement reports and/or who are victims in domestic violence cases.
- Homeless Prevention Legal Partnership $20,000
The Homeless Prevention Legal Partnership uses civil legal aid to prevent and reverse homelessness. SEOLS attorneys will prevent families at high risk of becoming homeless from ending up on the streets or a shelter and will assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness in reducing the risk of becoming homeless again. SEOLS can help address many barriers to obtaining/maintaining stable housing, such as: lack of income, bad credit, domestic violence, criminal records, and poor rental history. Civil legal services can address these barriers by helping people access benefits; address credit issues; seal criminal records; obtain CPOs, divorce, or custody; probate matters; defend evictions; and educate on rights and responsibilities.
- Knox County's 2-1-1 Information/Referral/Crisis Hotline $37,500
Pathways 2-1-1 provides 24/7 comprehensive information and referral, crisis hotline, after-hours answering service, and recovery line services over the phone and by two-way texting to the residents of Knox County. Pathways also provide a comprehensive online resource directory located at 211pathways.com. Additionally, they provide the Suicide Prevention Follow-up program for suicidal and at risk individuals. The program is voluntary and lasts until the participant has had six weeks without any suicide ideation. Participants also receive referrals to mental health and other community services and have less need for hospitalization or re-hospitalization.
- Emergency Services $25,000
The Emergency Assistance program helps individuals and families facing immediate crists. All clients in need of assistance meet with the caseworker and complete an intake form to determine level of need. Assistance is provided for rent, electric, and gas bills. The program can also provide those in need a short term (1-2) nights at a hotel if appropriate. The assistance is available once a year for each client.
- Homeless Shelter Services and Client Advocacy $45,000
The Winter Sanctuary provides Shelter Services and Client Advocacy. The Winter Sanctuary's Advocacy service coordinates guests with community resources to further their goals of working toward securing safe, sustainable housing, finding meaningful employment, referring guest to community resources as needed, and meeting individuals in the off season as they present with needs. Advocacy Services gives back to individual members of our community in a meaningful way.
Read more about United Way of Knox County's Financial Stability Framework
How You Can Help
Volunteers make United Ways’ tax assistance and financial education programs possible. We need your help, even if you don’t have an accounting background. Volunteer to help.
You can unite to fight poverty by: Sharing Poverty Simulation information within your agency, organization or church; attending a simulation and bringing a friend or co-worker, investing resources in United Way to help people achieve their human potential; volunteering with local programs that work to address the needs associated with poverty in Knox County.
Contact Us for future Poverty Simulation dates and specific details about hosting a simulation within your agency, organization or church. This is a great team building opportunity (a group of at least 50 participants in needed in order to conduct an effective simulation).
To access Knox County programs, information and crisis services, dial 2-1-1, call 1.800.544.1601, text your zip code to 898-211, or visit Pathways of Central Ohio.