United for Impact in the New Year


January 2, 2019

We’re jumping into 2019 with energy and a sense of hopefulness, in no small part because of the generosity of the donors and volunteers who stepped up in a big way during the holidays. December is the month your mailbox fills up with requests from what feels like every nonprofit you’ve ever donated to – yet you carved out time and money for our year-end requests.

Thanks to you, every one of the 184 households in our Adopt-a-Family program were sponsored this year; more than 600 hats, 300 pairs of gloves, and 500 coats were donated during our Spread the Warmth drive; and, because you shopped during M22’s Shirt for Shirt campaign, 5,000 clothing items have been donated to our partner agencies. All of this has a direct impact on families in Kent County, and we’re so grateful.

But the greatest impact came from your contributions to our Community Fund. As reported in our newest annual report, our network of local partner agencies transformed lives throughout Kent County in the 2017-18 fiscal year in incredible ways:

  • 11,156 individuals and families gained stable housing

  • 28,417 people ate nourishing meals

  • 8,403 therapy sessions were provided to abuse survivors

  • 10,326 people received mental or behavioral health interventions

  • 2,016 middle schoolers were tutored in math or science

  • 5,872 people received job training, tax prep, employment transportation, or other services boosting their financial security

This is just a glimpse of the transformative impact our donors, volunteers, and partner agencies had on our community, so we’re inviting you to dig a little deeper. Join us at United for Impact on Tuesday, January 15, for a more in-depth look at these results, including an inspiring personal story. Registration is free and includes breakfast.

If you can’t join us on January 15, there are plenty of other ways to get involved in the new year. The Volunteer Center is full of opportunities, ranging from sorting thrift store donations to tutoring refugee students to being a chauffeur for a Paws With a Cause dog.

No matter how you choose to get involved, know that you have tremendous potential to transform your community. We know it’s true because we see it every day.

Happy New Year!