Priorities

The United Way Priorities are Education, Financial Stability and Health.
All service we do, provide, and work with falls into one of these three categories. Each goal of the three priority areas has been determined by a committee of local Salina community volunteers. Everything we do is in stride with achieving these goals.

 

Education: Helping Children and Youth Achieve Their Full Potential 

Children enter school developmentally on track in the areas of literacy and social, emotional and intellectual skills.

Elementary and middle school students are engaged in school and make appropriate academic progress and healthy decisions.

Young people graduate from high school and young adults make a successful transition from high school to further schooling or work life.  

Financial Stability: Promoting Financial Stability and Independence Among Working Families

Working families achieve and retain family-sustaining employment.

Working families receive the income supports that are available to them.  

Working families have the financial resources to avoid poverty.

Working families make smart financial-decisions and live within their budget.

Health: Improving Community Health

Babies are born at low risk of any preventable health problems. 

Children and youth have access to timely, regular, preventive health care covered by insurance.

Youth and adults are healthy and avoiding risky behavior. 

Safety

RESULTS EDUCATION

Coronado Council of Boy Scouts ended 2015 serving 10.2% of the available youth participating in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, and Exploring as they worked toward their goal of serving 13.4%.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Salina developed programs with USD 305’s School Improvement Teams the number of SIT littles identified and matches grew from 10% to 70%, with a 90% academic improvement reported in the littles participating.

Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland worked to grow the number of girls served annually in Outreach and Youth Development programs by 2%. Although the goal was not met in all three years, growth reached 8% in 2014.

Programs and services provided through The Volunteer Connection have been transitioned to other organizations in the community.

Salina Child Care Association exceeded their goal of 80%, reaching 85% of 5 year olds achieved 10 of 10 school readiness skills.

Salina Family YMCA exceeded their goal of 80%, reaching 96% of 5 year olds achieved 10 of 10 school readiness skills.

Martin Luther King Jr., Child Development Center met their goal of 80% of 5 year olds achieving 10 of 10 school readiness skills.

CAPS exceeded their goal reporting 1683 families with children under the age of six completed at least six hours of parenting education or in-home family mentoring service which included family mentoring support to work on family management skills, parenting education, crisis intervention and case management.

RESULTS HEALTH

The American Red Cross North Central Kansas Chapter enrolled 189 businesses/organization/members in working toward their goal of 270 business/organization/members in the Ready Rating program as part of Ready When the Time Comes capacity building and whole community planning. Informing over 7,000 community members in their service area.

Central Kansas Foundation reported 239 patients being seen at Salina Regional Health Center with 41% following thru on recommendations provided to take responsibility for their health and eliminate barriers to long-term recover.  While this is lower than the 60% identified in their goal, CKF feels like it is a more accurate reflection in part because of the implementation of the electronic record which has increased accuracy over the previous paper method. 

Salina Family Healthcare Center surpassed their goal with 3.7%, less than 5%; newborns delivered by SFHC below 2500 grams (low birth weight.) but caution that number of factors such as lower # of deliveries, variable # of patients served could have an impact and cause that # to rise.  Given the fact that 59.8% of patients served were uninsured they feel very strongly that many more patients would forego necessary prenatal care without their services.

United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas exceeded their goal to increase by 40% the number of persons who secure assistive technology or medical equipment through funding provided by United Way; to leverage $2 in outside funding for equipment for every $1 of United Way funding provided.

RESULTS FINANCIAL STABILITY

Ashby House exceeded their goal to have 65.5% of their residents served between April 2015 and March 2016 reduce their past due debts by half within 60 days of their initial intake.

Catholic Charities exceeded their goal reporting that of the 356 Saline County households assisted with rent, utilities or prescriptions during 2015, 277 completed the financial literacy class either through Catholic Charities or Consumer Credit Counseling.  That equates to 77.8% and exceeds the established 75% goal.

Consumer Credit Counseling Services reported that Circles® of the Heartland Campaign in Saline County established in 2012 started 40 participants in the Getting Ahead Class in working toward their goal of 60 participants.

DVACK reported progress toward their goal of 50% for the number of overall shelter residents who secure employment from 38% to 42%.

Kansas Legal Services exceeded their goal to provide legal assistance for 250-265 individuals per year who requested KLS services with equal access to justice, promote self-sufficiency through financial stability, and positively impact the well-being of the community.