United Way of Suwannee Valley, Inc.

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aka United Way of Suwannee Valley   |   Lake City, FL   |  http://www.unitedwsv.org

Mission

United Way of Suwannee Valley is committed to advancing the common good in our community by building strong relationships with community partner impact agencies that share our common goal: improving people’s lives and strengthening our communities. Together, we strive to make progress in supporting health, education, and financial stability throughout the Suwannee Valley area.

Ruling year info

1974

Executive Director

Jennifer Anchors

Main address

871 SW State Road 47

Lake City, FL 32025 USA

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EIN

59-1262354

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

United Way of Suwannee Valley fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our communities recognizing these are the building blocks for a strong community. Basic to these is the fundamental need for shelter. A primary problem United Way of Suwannee Valley works to address is homelessness. UWSV works to address grade-level reading through programming targeting kindergarten students entering school with literacy deficits. UWSV addresses the need for safety net services through local community agencies eligible to apply for community fundraising campaign dollars allocated through a citizen review panel process to ensure resources are maximized to address the most pressing community needs. In Columbia County, the County Commission approved the Columbia County CARES Act process for distributing these federal funds resulting from the COVID-19 economic relief package and entered a contract with UWSV and Catholic Charities to administer these funds.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

United Way of Suwannee Valley Community Agency Support

United Way of Suwannee Valley conducts an annual community fundraising campaign to generate financial support of the affiliated agencies and local United Way community impact initiatives. United Way provides direct support to screened non-profit health and human service organizations serving Columbia, Hamilton, Lafayette, and Suwannee counties.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The local homeless coalition, the Homeless Services Network of Suwannee Valley, functions as a committee of United Way, which serves as the homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) lead agency, the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) lead agency, and collaborative applicant for the HUD CoC application.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Where we work

Accreditations

Lutheran Services Florida 2020

Affiliations & memberships

Lutheran Services Florida 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Estimated number of funding dollars secured for the homeless coalition provider agencies

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people

Related Program

Homeless Services Network of Suwannee Valley

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

United Way of Suwannee Valley, as lead agency for the homeless coalition, submits applications to HUD and the State of Florida Office on Homelessness and receives grant funds from LSF Health Systems.

Number of student hours tutored by volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Volunteers tutor their assigned students one hour a week in 30-minute sessions appropriate for kindergartner students such that each student receives two half-hour sessions focused on literacy skills.

Community fundraising dollars allocated to local community agencies for safety net services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

United Way of Suwannee Valley Community Agency Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Community fundraising campaign funding is allocated to vetted agencies through a citizen review process providing for the most efficient application of available resources.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

United Way of Suwannee Valley's goals include effectively serving as the homeless coalition lead agency and Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) lead agency to maximize the resources and, therefore, assistance available to address needs of those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and providing a coordinated entry process to ensure a homeless system of care providing for prioritization of those households with the greatest length of time homeless and/or highest acuity of needs as well as, through HMIS, a community coordinated case management system for data collection and reporting capabilities and elimination of duplication of services. The goal of United Way of Suwannee Valley’s early literacy initiative is to ensure students entering kindergarten with a literacy deficit achieve positive growth exceeding a control group. Volunteers are recruited to serve as ReadingPals, who are paired with kindergarten ReadingPals students. Classroom materials are provided for use by ReadingPals volunteers working with their assigned students. Take-home books are provided to ReadingPals students to promote literacy development at home. Through United Way of Suwannee Valley’s support of safety net services afforded through United Way of Suwannee Valley affiliated agencies, the agency supports the community in addressing unmet human service needs ranging from those for the youngest citizens to youth programs to senior citizens. Through the contract with the Columbia County Board of County Commissioners, United Way of Suwannee Valley seeks to administer the CARES Act funding to provide financial assistance support, and, therefore, family stability through assistance with rent, mortgage, electricity, internet and/or cell phone expenses.

United Way of Suwannee Valley's strategies for accomplishing its goals are enumerated in the organization's Strategic Plan. United Way of Suwannee Valley's strategies for accomplishing its goals include: providing direction to the future development of the United Way by ensuring organizational documents meet the needs of the strategic direction of the United Way; by recruiting, hiring and developing staff positions to ensure an employee base to meet the future needs of the United Way; by establishing and/or strengthening committees to ensure collectively the committees are positioned to meet the needs of the United Way; by identifying and addressing the most pressing current human service needs of the community in collaboration with the Community Impact Committee; by promoting the efficient delivery of human services which are effectively related to the most pressing needs; by cultivating individual and corporate support of United Way to maximize resources for community impact initiatives and agency support; by maximizing community receipt of grant funds to maximize resources for community impact initiatives and agency support; and by cultivating collaborative relationships between United Way, community entities and agencies while promoting support of United Way.

United Way of Suwannee Valley's capabilities for meeting its goals include an active and effective Board of Directors and committees including but not limited to the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Community Impact Committee, Community Investment Committee, Marketing Committee, and a committed staff; and a broad range of community investors contributing through their time, talents and treasures. United Way of Suwannee Valley has a 50-plus year history of a community fundraising effort resulting in relationships with community corporate entities. The organization has also gained expertise in grant procurement and management as well as in the delivery of direct services for case management and financial assistance and in volunteer recruitment and engagement. An additional capability for achieving goals is the ability to access expertise from fellow local United Ways and United Way Worldwide.

United Way of Suwannee Valley (UWSV) has made significant progress in effectively serving as the lead agency for the homeless coalition, coordinated entry system, and Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). United Way of Suwannee Valley has been effective in achieving a sufficient score on the annual HUD CoC Program collaborative application to provide for permanent supportive housing projects for chronically homeless including veterans, HMIS, Coordinated Entry, and rapid rehousing. Additionally, United Way applies for and secures funds through the State of Florida Office on Homelessness. As the coalition continues to address the goals of Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, efforts continue to improve on the coalition's coordinated entry system and case management practices. Coordination of veteran homeless services is provided for through coordinated entry and through a Homeless Veterans Committee. Street outreach with a goal of identifying and providing case management towards housing stability for those with a mental health issue is provided through PATH funding. Relative to the goal to utilize available resources to positively impact educational attainment, the UWSV ReadingPals initiative is in its fifth school year with three of the UWSV service area counties participating. Relative to the goal to support the safety net of services afforded through United Way of Suwannee Valley affiliated agencies, an annual community fundraising campaign is accomplished each year; however, those components which are goals for future accomplishment include the continual development of a broader base of support, stronger base of support, and increased donor engagement, notably through utilization of social media and volunteer engagement opportunities. Relative to the goal to support the community in addressing unmet human service needs, UWSV prior accomplishments include securing grant funds in 2004 to initiate a food bank which was transitioned to Catholic Charities, initiating a local community foundation as a component fund of a larger foundation to provide a vehicle for planned giving, initiating and maintaining the homeless coalition, Homeless Management Information System, coordinated entry system, and direct financial and case management services while continuing community support via volunteerism and resources to address human needs. Additional projects addressing unmet human service needs are vetted by the Community Impact Committee as resources are identified to address needs.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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United Way of Suwannee Valley, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Kecia Robinson

Suwannee County Public Schools

Term: 2022 - 2021


Board co-chair

Mr. Charlie Cowen

Odom, Moses & Company, LLP, CPA's

Term: 2022 - 2023

Charlie Cowen

Odom, Moses & Co.

Caleb Perla

Harvest CPA

Don Fenneman

Nutrien

Kecia Robinson

Suwannee County Schools

Barbara Doonan

First Federal Bank

Dave Cobb

Retired, FPL

Renee Cobb

Retired

Noah Walker

Lake City Medical Center

Thomas Brown

Retired Attorney

Rex Mitchell

Hamilton County Schools

Philip Mobley

Northside Church of Christ

Shayne Morgan

Columbia County Emergency Management

Todd Widergren

Columbia County Schools

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/07/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data