Initiatives

Starting with these impact initiatives, we can make the impossible, possible.

It takes dedication, motivation — and innovation — to make a difference. Along with our partners, we’ve launched these three impact initiatives to support the health, education and financial stability of Monroe County families.

  • Access to healthy food
  • Support for working families
  • Help when needed most

More than ever, we need to fight hunger in Monroe County.
Together, food pantries, volunteers, and for-profit companies are helping more families gain access to affordable nutritious food.

Need

20,000+

individuals struggle with adequate access to food.

13,000+

children receive free and reduced priced lunch at school.

1/3

of all residents in Monroe County are considered obese

Results

3300+

households receive monthly food assistance from local food pantries.

375+

senior meals delivered daily through Meals on Wheels.

Testimonial

"When it’s just me, an adult who can make her own choices, I can choose not to eat. Or to eat cheap junk that at least provided enough calories to keep going. I cannot make that same choice for my kids. They have to eat enough of the right food for their bodies and brains to develop."

- Christine Gilbert

FiscaL Year INVESTMENT: $135,347


Access

Backbone*

Nutrition
Partner Amount
Access Backbone* Nutrition Outcome focus
Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley $21,000
Meals on Wheels $15,287
Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network $22,500
The Salvation Army $28,433
United Way of Monroe County $48,127

*Backbone services are direct program activities that ensure the success of the initiative. This includes, but may not be limited to: advocacy at local, state and federal levels, coordination of partners, resources and other stakeholders, communication & promotion of services, volunteer coordination, community investment oversight, monitoring and evaluation of services, community needs assessments, technical support, and capacity building. For the Access to healthy food initiative, Backbone Services are largely focussed on the work of the Hunger Coalition of Monroe County.

For a detailed description of United Way of Monroe County’s program investments, see our most recent Community Investment Report, here.

More than ever, parents are struggling to provide for their families, and their children are not able to succeed.
Together, through after school programs, pre-k services, and family support programs, we are empowering parents to increase their financial stability and enabling children to reach their full potential.

Need

76.2%

UNSERVED children ELIGIBLE for publicly funded pre-k

38.3%

BELOW Proficient Reading 3rd Grade PSSA

19.0%

Regulated Childcare Providers offering High Quality Pre-K Programs.

Results

582

families can access work because each of their children have been provided 256 days of quality day-care

315

at risk boys and girls in our community have new workforce development skills, improved their social competencies, and/or increased their academic performance in our last program year.

Testimonial

"There is simply not enough child care in our community – especially non-traditional childcare. Head Start, the Growing Place .. these programs are so important - they let parents earn the money they need to support their families, while giving our children a genuine ‘head start’ to help them succeed when they get to school."

- Focus group discussion respondent, 2016 Community Needs Assessment

FiscaL Year INVESTMENT: $181,618


Quality Education

Youth Engagement

Access to Services

Backbone*
Partner Amount
Quality Education Youth Engagement Access to Services Backbone* Outcome focus
Pocono Services for Families & Children $65,006
Pocono Family YMCA $8,750
The Growing Place Child Care Centers $27,047
Catholic Social Services $10,884
Boy Scouts - Minsi Trails Council $9,132
Pocono Alliance $20,000
Youth Employment Service $9,000
United Way of Monroe County $31,798

*Backbone services are direct program activities that ensure the success of the initiative. This includes, but may not be limited to: advocacy at local, state and federal levels, coordination of partners, resources and other stakeholders, communication & promotion of services, volunteer coordination, community investment oversight, monitoring and evaluation of services, community needs assessments, technical support, and capacity building.

For a detailed description of United Way of Monroe County’s program investments, see our most recent Community Investment Report, here.

More than ever, people in our community need a helping hand to get themselves back on their feet.
Together, we are ensuring that crucial support is available in our community and we are connecting community members with those services when they need it most.

Need

41.7%

of households spend more than 30% of their income on housing

39.4%

of children (0-18) are living at or BELOW 200% poverty level.

65

Monroe County’s ranking on Quality of Life out of 67 counties in Pennsylvania (Robert Wood Johnson County Health Rankings)

106

unsheltered homeless individuals in Monroe County identified in 2017 “Point in Time” Count

Results

752

adults and children received shelter last year through our programs, both short and long-term

116

individuals were provided shelter, food and clothing following a personal disaster

1,625

victims of abuse were served, either through shelter, a hotline or counseling

174

visually-challenged individuals have been able to improve/retain levels of performance and independence

6,578

individuals were helped through one-on-one calls last year using our comprehensive information and referral service: 2-1-1/PoconoInfo

Testimonial

"Housing programs are stressed, public housing is full and people aren’t ready to leave once a transitional housing program is complete. Wages simply don’t correspond to fair market rents. Residents need a full time job and a half to keep a roof over their head – and that often means they are no longer eligible for medical assistance. We need a champion to speak on behalf of the impoverished."

- Focus group respondent, 2016 Community Needs Assessment

FiscaL Year INVESTMENT: $263,676


Housing/ Homeless

Crisis Services

Info & Referral

Backbone*
Partner Amount
Housing/ Homeless Crisis Services Info & Referral Backbone* Outcome focus
Family Promise of Monroe County $15,891
Monroe County Habitat for Humanity $7,659
Pocono Area Transitional Housing $23,825
VALOR Clinic Foundation $13,407
American Red Cross of the Pocono Mountains $33,578
Women's Resources of Monroe County $33,825
Center for Vision Loss $14,000
2-1-1 $28,000
United Way of Monroe County $94,492

*Backbone services are direct program activities that ensure the success of the initiative. This includes, but may not be limited to: advocacy at local, state and federal levels, coordination of partners, resources and other stakeholders, communication & promotion of services, volunteer coordination, community investment oversight, monitoring and evaluation of services, community needs assessments, technical support, and capacity building.

For a detailed description of United Way of Monroe County’s program investments, see our most recent Community Investment Report, here.

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