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Dec 27

United Way Steps It Up To Meet Community Needs

Posted on December 27, 2016 at 9:34 AM by Communications Department

United WaySince 1939, the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula has provided critically needed services to people in the need. In fact, approximately one of four people will be aided by United Way supported agencies. Earlier this year, Steve Kast assumed the role of President and CEO. Under Kast’s leadership the United Way has stepped up its game in addressing community needs. With highly committed Board leadership and community involvement, United Way envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, financial stability, and healthy lives. Kast, along with United Way Board, is bringing government, nonprofit and business leaders together in the community to build nonprofit capacity and achieve collaboration for the highest community impact. “I am excited for the direction United Way is taking and the relationships we are rebuilding and strengthening,” Kast said. “It truly is a New Day at United Way!”

The impact of United Way and its core agencies continues to grow. Last year, 26,500 children were served locally in educational and after school programs. A total of 12,200 people were seen through agency partners who provide free clinics, elder care and counseling programs. More than 95,000 people received assistance for food, shelter and other basic needs, and the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank distributed 7,400,000 pounds of food over the last year.

The 2016 campaign is in full swing and has laid an impressive foundation for the 2017 campaign. The goal of the 2016 campaign is to reestablish relationships and communicate United Way’s strategic vision with the community. A community needs assessment is currently being conducted which will help focus United Way’s collaborative work. To participate in this assessment, please follow this link:

Today United Way wants to invite you to be part of the change. To learn more visit the United Way website Twitter, or  Facebook or contact 757-873-9328.