Each year, United Way conducts a major fundraising campaign to raise resources for organizations providing critical and effective programs for our community. When you make a contribution to United Way, you are investing in results. Each organization and program listed below produces and reports on outcomes that make a measurable difference in people’s lives. Whether its higher grades in school, improved health or obtaining employment, the programs help Advance the Common Good in the areas of Education, Income, and Health.
During the 2018 funding cycle, United Way funded the following programs:
Following a disaster, American Red Cross of Blue Ridge Virginia assistance helps families become financially stable, supporting our goal for Get Healthy Dan River.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Danville Area provides one-on-one mentoring relationships for hundreds of local school children. The children are positively impacted each year in the areas of character development, academic performance, attitude about school, classroom behavior, relationships with peers, homework preparedness and ability to avoid substance abuse. This program aligns with our goal for Educate Dan River.
The Arc of Southside's Residential program provides everyday-life, support services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), ensuring that they are healthy, safe and free from exploitation, institutionalization or homelessness, with the primary goal of empowering them to be independent, contributing members of their community. The Residential program is supports our goal for Get Healthy Dan River.
Danville-Pittsylvania Cancer Association assists cancer patients in the Pittsylvania/Danville health district by providing financial assistance with their cancer-related prescriptions, travel, medical, nutritional supplies, and other medical needs. DPC also provides support and education for patients and/or their families aligning with our goal for Get Healthy Dan River.
For more than 20 years, the Danville Church-Based Tutorial program (DCBT) has helped over 5,000 youth to strengthen their subject comprehension, boost their confidence and build important learning skills. Located at 37 different church sites in Danville and Pittsylvania County, each year more than 450 youth are provided tutorial services free of charge from volunteer tutors. The program serves any kindergartner through 12th grade student in Danville-Pittsylvania County who is struggling with grade-level requirements in reading, writing, math or science; or needs assistance with homework assignments. This program aligns with our goal for Read Dan River.
The DPCS Healthy Families program connects new partners with a variety of services, including a home visitor who supports the family before the child is born up until the child enters school. The home visiting model is designed to work with families who may have a history of trauma, intimate partner violence, mental health and/or substance abuse issues. Healthy Families has been proven to reduce child abuse and neglect and increase children's access to routine health care and immunizations.
The DPCS Oral Healthcare Access program exists to reduce barriers to dental services for high-need, low-income adults with a developmental disability or disability due to serious mental illness, substance abuse or co-occurring disorders. These programs align with our goal for Get Healthy Dan River.
Goodwill's Work Adjustment Training program (WAT) seeks to build work skills and experience for individuals with barriers to employment, including returning citizens (former felons), limited English speakers, dislocated workers and individuals with disabilities. WAT contributes to the income of participants not only during training through paid work time but also through the increased potential for improved employment outcomes after completion. This program aligns with our goal for Work Dan River.
The Danville Life Saving Crew provides pre-hospital emergency medical care and transportation for Danville's sick and injured citizens. This program aligns with our goal for Get Healthy Dan River.
The Early Literacy Book Buddies program helps elementary students who met the PALS (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening) benchmark, but are still struggling readers, improve their reading skills. This program aligns with our goal for Read Dan River.
The Salvation Army's Food Pantry and Daily Feeding program is an immediate derivative of the Emergency Social Services program. Clients seeking assistance in areas such as utilities or rent assistance can also find help through groceries or a warm meal provided through the Corps Community Center. The Salvation Army has aligned itself to fight both hunger and homelessness. This program aligns with our goal for Get Healthy Dan River.
The Crisis and Income Protection (CIP) program assists families and individuals in cases that increase or preserve income, or provide crisis relief related to housing. It offers critical services to residents at a time they need it most and when there is nowhere else to turn. This program aligns with our goal for Work Dan River.
The Scoutreach Outdoor Education and Career programs are Dan River District, Blue Ridge Mountains Council, and Boy Scouts of America's commitment to making sure that all young people have an opportunity to participate in Scouting's Comprehensive Youth Development Program regardless of socio-economic circumstances, neighborhood or ethnic background. This initiative from Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts meets the developmental needs of youth in Danville and Pittsylvania County through a well-defined program based on values, learning by doing, fun and positive role models. These programs align with our goal for Educate Dan River.
The Academic Success programs of Boys & Girls Club of the Danville Area (BGCDA) promotes life-long learning by supporting academic success today, setting higher education/training and career goals for tomorrow and providing access to tools and technology that prepare youth for the future. This program aligns with our goal for Educate Dan River.
Danville Speech & Hearing Center provides the highest quality speech-language pathology services at the lowest possible cost to citizens in need in the Dan River Region, enabling each to attain his/her optimal communication skills. The speech and hearing center services align with our goal for Get Healthy Dan River.