Woodland United Way is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Yolo County by mobilizing people and resources to strengthen our communities and advance the common good. Our vision is to make lasting change in the community and we do this by focusing our resources on children and their education. We believe that the answer to ending the cycle of poverty is through our schools.
Our impact programs aim to support children and families so that students can be successful in school. While our schools provide academics, we work with community partners such as non-profits, businesses large and small, local government, service groups and hundreds of generous donors and volunteers to bring needed resources to families in need.
We advocate by educating the community about childhood literacy and early intervention programs. We fund local programs that give support to families like the YMCA, the Food Bank and our local family resource center. We host community business conferences on why we should invest in our children. We coordinate programs that promote literacy, healthy living and community involvement. We recruit hundreds of volunteers, both for children's programs, as well as other non-profit projects working with seniors, animals, vets, individuals with developmental disabilities or mental illness, homeless and the environment.
Woodland United Way continues to function as a fundraising organization as well, implementing employee giving campaigns, certifying non-profit agencies, allocating funds per donor request and connecting people to resources.
We have an office of one executive director and a part time administrative coordinator. Programs are run by two AmeriCorps VISTAs who serve one year as full time community organizers. Though we are a small organization we have strong partnerships in our community, a large volunteer base and diverse donors including individuals through direct mail or employee giving campaigns, corporations, foundations, small businesses, event sponsors and local city support.
These are examples of programs we coordinated in the 2017-18 year:
KinderCamp- Four week summer program for incoming kindergartners who have not had the opportunity to attend preschool.
KinderSave- Financial literacy courses for families. We start college savings accounts for their children.
Woodland KIDS Read- Literacy celebration at our local community college. We brought in a presenter, professional storyteller and community leaders to read to 350 first graders who all took home brand new hard cover books. (Next year we are planning for over 1000.)
Read To Succeed Tutors- We recruit, screen, train and place community volunteers in first grade classrooms to tutor reading.
We funded local non-profits to run programs:
CommuniCare- Dental Health screenings and sealants in the schools.
Fourth and Hope- Homeless shelter
Yolo Food Bank- Healthy food for the hungry
Yolo County Care Continuum- Housing residents with mental illness
Meals on Wheels- Delivering meals to seniors in isolation
CHOC Housing- After school programs in low-income housing properties.
Northern California Children's Therapy Center- Services for children with disabilities
Suicide Prevention- Teen programs on depression, signs of suicide and bullying in the middles schools.
We have been called "small, but mighty."
To make lasting change by improving the lives of those in need.
Woodland, Esparto, Guinda, Zamora, Yolo, Davis, West Sacramento, Winters, CA
Number of Partner Agencies: 34
Number of Funded Programs: 9
- Education - helping children and youth achieve their potential
- Income - promoting financial stability and independence
- Health - improving people's health