We are United Way Rockingham County
The mission of United Way Rockingham County is to bring together local people to help raise local dollars to meet local needs. We do this by setting local community goals, and raising and investing funds in local programs. Local community members monitor and evaluate those programs to ensure that measurable improvements in people’s lives are occurring in our community. Not just doing good; doing good well!
UWRC is an independent non-profit organization that works through community partnerships. We assist 17 local agencies with 30 different programs and services. The programs funded through the United Way of Rockingham County generate sustained impact in our community focusing on:
- Education– We help our children and youth succeed through mentoring, education, character building, leadership training, and quality child care
- Public Safety– We ensure the safety of our community through emergency rescue and protection from domestic violence
- Public Health– We optimize community and individual health through prescription drug services, vision screenings, hospice care, mental health counseling, and recreation opportunities
- Financial Stability– We seek to bridge the gap between poverty and self-sustainability
Our goals come from the Community Health Assessment mandated by the State of North Carolina. We partner with the County Government and both of the county hospitals to document needs identified by county citizens. These identified needs drive the selection of programs and services we support.
Did you know?
- Between 1996 – 2016 the state of North Carolina has experienced the following increases:
- Child care costs increased by 243%
- Housing costs increased by 88%
- Healthcare costs increased by 188%
- Statewide earnings have only increased by 39%
- Rockingham County earnings have DECREASED since 2014 by -2.11%
- The median annual income for Rockingham County is $38,126. The Self-Sufficiency Standard in Rockingham County for 1 adult, 1 preschool, & 1 school age is $40,717. The Federal Poverty guideline for that same family of three is $20,160. That means the gap between poverty and self-sufficiency is $20,577.
The gap between the Federal Poverty Guideline and the Self-Sufficiency Standard encompasses more of our friends and neighbors every year. The programs/services sponsored by the United Way of Rockingham County seeks to help plug that gap. Whether it is through specialized educational programs taught in the schools (at no cost to the school system or teachers), a hot meal delivered to a homebound senior, or emergency crisis assistance for housing and utilities; the United Way of Rockingham County is there. Other programs/services funded also help fill the gap by provided dollars through quality youth programs, senior activities, end of life care, in school medical care for our high school students, and counseling services.
United Way needs YOU!!
When you give to the United Way of Rockingham County, your gift adds to those of others. TOGETHER we can make a difference! We need community partners like YOU to join US to continue making a difference!