COMMUNITY IMPACT

2020

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HELPING CHILDREN DO WELL

UWSC’s Community Impact Goal is: Helping Children Do Well by providing services to children and their families which foster the improvement of: Academic Readiness, Mentorship, Child Wellness, and Family Development and/or Stability.

 Did you know that 81% of children under the age of 5 in Susquehanna County are living in economically at risk households?

To address this, United Way of Susquehanna County has changed the way it helps the community.
It’s become an “issue-driven” organization.Community Impact Image1

In 2014, the Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development completed a study on UWSC’s behalf. Despite the many good things happening in our community, i
t was clear the indicators pointed to kids being left behind. The study revealed a sharp increase in:

  • Increase in childhood poverty rates
  • Increase in number of children qualifying for free or reduced lunches
  • Single parent households
  • Grandparents raising grandchildren

Through its “Helping Children Do Well” movement, the United Way is focused on making lasting change by investing in local community agencies which support academic readiness, mentorship, childhood wellness and family stability. In addition, UWSC is funding agencies that provide safety net services to individuals and families in need.

FUNDED PROGRAMS:

Foster Grandparent Program

Helping Children Do Well: Mentorship
Lead Agency: Area Agency on Aging

Description: Foster Grandparent volunteers will work with children with special/exceptional needs or who are economically disadvantaged one-on-one or in small groups in kindergarten through twelfth grade schools. The volunteers will assist the assigned children with classroom activities and academics, encourage children to stay on task and participate, encourage positive relationships with peers and adults and assist the child with improving academics and school attendance. Foster Grandparents also profoundly enrich their own lives. They find that doing something for others in their community does a lot for them, from earning extra income to having a sense of accomplishment.

 

Nurse Family Partnership

Helping Children Do Well: Child Wellness
Lead Agency: Maternal and Family Health Services

Description: Nurse Family Partnership Program (NFP) serves low income, first-time mothers considered at risk of lifelong poverty and poor health outcomes due to age, poverty, social factors, domestic violence, mental health issues, and drug/alcohol use. Nurses with specialized training in physical, emotional and environmental health conduct visits with clients on a bi-weekly basis – beginning early pregnancy until the child turns age two.
NFP provides services to children and their families that fosters child wellness by providing education and support related to healthy pregnancies, childhood health and development, as well as, focusing on the economic self-sufficiency of the family. NFP’s vision is “Children are healthy. Families thrive.
Communities prosper. Cycles are broken. “Many of the most pervasive, intractable, and costly problems faced by young children and parents in our community today are a consequence of adverse maternal health-related behaviors during pregnancy (like smoking, drinking, drug use), dysfunctional infant care, giving, and stressful environmental conditions that interfere with prenatal and family functioning. These behaviors contribute to an increased incidence of infant mortality, preterm delivery and low birth weight, child abuse and neglect, childhood injuries, youth violence, close spaced pregnancy, and thwarted economic self-sufficiency. NFP, along with community partners, address this vulnerable population.

 

Promoting Healthy Relationships for Children and Teens/Raising Awareness of Child Abuse

Helping Children Do Well: Child Wellness
Lead Agency: Women’s Resource Center

Description: Women’s Resource Center (WRC) will collaborate with The Children’s Center of Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties (CAC) to provide programming in schools and to local community groups and organizations. The WRC Teen Advocate will maintain a regular presence in middle and high schools through Susquehanna County. The CAC staff will focus on programs for elementary schools, pre-schools and head start programs. Both agencies will provide programming to local groups and organizations such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and faith-based groups. WRC and the CAC will also provide training and education to staff and teachers within the schools and community organizations. Age appropriate and current topical curriculums will continue to be developed.

In addition to education and outreach, counseling and advocacy services will be provided to those students and families experiencing dating violence, sexual abuse, stalking, domestic violence, and/or child abuse. The overall goal of the project is the educate and inform children and teens about the dynamics of domestic and sexual abuse among families and within dating relationships in order to promote an understanding of healthy relationships to break the intergenerational cycle of family violence and work toward our common goal of ending domestic and sexual violence in our community.

 

Libraries Rock

Helping Children Do Well: Academic Readiness
Lead Agency: Susquehanna County Library System

Description: The Susquehanna Country Library System participates in a nationwide summer learning program. This free program features a fun-filled summer of activities, book giveaways and field trips. Interactive programs will be available for all age groups, infants to teens.

The 2018 theme for Summer Leading is “Libraries Rock!” Summer Reading programs help your children continue learning throughout the summer to combat the regression of skills that many children experience over the summer and to give them an opportunity to experiment with interactive STEAM tools and projects.

 

Career Mentorship

Helping Children Do Well: Mentorship
Lead Agency: Northern Tier Industry & Education Consortium

Description: Northern Tier Industry & Education Consortium is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a highly skilled work force in Northeastern Pennsylvania through integration of school, employment and training processes. The NTIEC offers Youth apprenticeships, Job shadowing, Hospital internships, Educators in the workplace, Career fairs, and Business professionals in the classroom. Each of the programs bring many opportunities to students that they would not otherwise receive. Students are provided with hands‐ on work experiences as well as real‐life lessons. The NTIEC wants to make it so all students have the opportunity to jobs and future opportunities.