United Way of Weld County

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Greeley, CO   |  http://www.unitedway-weld.org/

Mission

The mission of United Way of Weld County is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community; we fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Weld County.

Ruling year info

1970

President & CEO

Mrs. Jeannine Truswell

Main address

PO Box 1944

Greeley, CO 80632 USA

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EIN

84-6011918

NTEE code info

Fund Raising Organizations That Cross Categories includes Community Funds/Trusts and Federated Giving Programs) e.g. United Way (T70)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Reading Great by 8 (early childhood): In Weld County, 15% of families with children under age five have income below the poverty line. In East Greeley, that number was 43%—that’s almost one out of every two families with children in the most critical period of development. Thrive by 25 (youth development): For the 2018-19 Colorado standardized tests of Weld County students, just 39% of fourth grade students met or exceeded expectations in English Language Arts—a whopping 61% (almost two thirds) are not reading and writing at the expected level by fourth grade. Weld's Way Home (ending and preventing homelessness): A recent study showed that seven of the 12 most unaffordable places to live in the United States are along the North Front Range (Weld County is number four). Aging Well (older adults): By 2030, nearly one out of every five Coloradoans will be 65 years or older.

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?

2-1-1 Colorado Information & Referral

When a person needs help and doesn’t know where to begin, the network of human services can be overwhelming. The 2-1-1 Colorado database holds information about thousands of agencies and services across the state. 2-1-1 maintains an up-to-date database of human service agencies, programs, and services across Colorado. People seeking help access the database online or by calling 2-1-1. Text and online chat options are available as well. Trained specialists assist individuals, families, and service professionals that are seeking answers regarding community services in times of need, including rental and utility assistance, help finding food resources, and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults

According to the World Health Organization, early childhood is the most important phase for overall development throughout a person’s lifespan, and early experiences determine future health, education, and economic participation.

United Way of Weld County's early childhood initiatives support parents, grandparents, early childhood professionals, childcare providers (both licensed and exempt), and teachers in preparing children to enter school ready to learn and ready to read on target by third grade. Third grade reading level is a strong indicator of whether children will successfully stay in school, graduate from high school on time, and become contributing citizens. United Way provides this support through the provision of direct service programs, managing several state grant-funded programs locally, providing advocacy at the state level, and coordinating the efforts of Weld County organizations working in early education.

Current programs include:
-Child Care Provider Professional Development
-Child Care Provider Recruitment
-Child Care Resource & Referral
-Colorado Shines Quality Improvement Project
-Expanding Quality in Infant and Toddler Care (EQIT)
-Family Friendly Workplace Practices
-Family Support
-Northern Colorado Children's Festival
-PASO Institute
-RoadMap4Kids

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

Many nonprofits in Weld County operate with minimal budgets. Sometimes volunteer support is the only way these organizations can achieve their mission. On average, about 26% of Americans volunteer. Colorado consistently surpasses the national average – nearly one third of Coloradoan’s volunteer each year – that’s 1.32 million people! Coloradoans volunteer, on average, 160 million hours of service a year, averaging 40 hours per resident each year. Volunteer Engagement at United Way of Weld County helps make these community connections for volunteerism.

Volunteer Engagement (VE) at United Way of Weld County (UWWC) provides direct service to the Weld County community and creates a more connected, cohesive, and supportive environment for all its citizens. VE acts as a hub for connecting interested volunteers by promoting meaningful opportunities via an electronic resource guide, a mobile phone app, and an online registration and referral system. VE also convenes conversations and holds trainings on nonprofit volunteer management capacity building. Additionally, VE oversees the UWWC volunteer management system and recruits volunteers for a number of UWWC programs, projects, and events.

Volunteer Engagement also coordinates Day of Action, an annual one-day event for community members, businesses, and families to volunteer and complete projects at local nonprofit organizations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Approximately 46 million Americans live in poverty. In Weld County alone, 14%, or 36,900+ people, are considered under the Federal poverty line. While local nonprofits do much to help the community, many are under-resourced or do not have the capacity to accomplish the work they have at hand. With more resources and additional ability agencies can do even more to address persistent poverty in Weld County.

The United Way of Weld County AmeriCorps Project places AmeriCorps members, who arrive in Colorado from all over the United States, at mutually agreed upon host agencies where they work full-time for one year. Host agencies develop capacity building projects and provide supervision; organizations may receive an AmeriCorps member for up to three consecutive years.

AmeriCorps member host agencies have included in the past: A Kid’s Place, Alternative Homes for Youth, Arc of Weld County, Boy Scouts of America—Longs Peak Council, Connections for Independent Living, Greeley-Evans School District 6, Northern Colorado Youth for Christ, Right to Read, RISE, and Youth & Family Connections to name a few!

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Weld County has an overall poverty level of 14% (over 36,900 people); much of the poverty is concentrated in Greeley and Evans, with one in three people living in poverty in the eastern part of Greeley. With a record low housing vacancy rate, rental rates are increasing, leaving little to no housing for low income residents. Many households live paycheck to paycheck, and a single event can easily push them over the edge to homelessness. For the majority of households, one unexpected cost could be all it takes to send them into economic distress: 75% of people in households making less than $50,000 a year would have difficulty coming up with $1,000 to cover an unexpected bill; 67% of people with household incomes between $50,000 and $100,000 would have trouble; Even for the country's wealthiest 20%—households making more than $100,000 a year—38% say they would have at least some difficulty coming up with $1,000.

Weld Project Connect (WPC) is a one-day event providing on-site health and human care services to adults and families who are in need due to household and financial insecurity, job loss, health problems and other critical life issues. While creating a welcoming environment providing actual services rather than just referrals or information, WPC hosts over 70 free services such as health screenings and medical services, immunizations, citizenship class registration, library card issuance, pet licensing, credit reports, job referrals, résumé writing assistance, podiatry services, legal counseling, documentation assistance, mental health counseling, veterans assistance, haircuts, food stamp enrollment, personal care, early child development insight and much more.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

In a recent study, Weld County was identified as the 4th most un-affordable housing market in the nation, and we already have a deficit of 3,866 units of affordable housing. A Point-in-Time study of those experiencing homelessness in Weld County found that 75% have been here for at least five years and 51% have been here their whole lives. This suggests that vulnerable households are beginning to experience homelessness in Weld County, and it highlights the catastrophe that could occur if these trends continue without systemic change in the way we address homelessness and housing instability.

Led and hosted by United Way of Weld County (UWWC), Weld’s Way Home streamlines homelessness response and prevention systems. Instead of working directly with clients experiencing homelessness, Weld’s Way Home utilizes UWWC’s community capacity to support Weld County service providers by maximizing resources already dedicated to homelessness in Weld County, involving neighbors in supporting each other in times of need, and uniting Weld County for lasting change.

Leveraging existing partnerships, Weld’s Way Home evaluates the current homeless response and homeless prevention systems at the community-wide level. It identifies gaps in services, educates on best practices, facilitates community meetings and planning sessions, brings more resources to the community, aligns providers to maximize the resources already dedicated to homelessness, and more. Based on identified gaps in service, priorities have been established that were chosen based on community need, return on investment, and best practices.

Current initiatives include:
-Community Health Workers
-Housing Navigation Center with cold weather shelter

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

United Way of Weld County advances county-wide solutions by leading and participating in efforts that bring the community together for collaborative work including: Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, Disaster Preparedness and Response/Weld Recovers, FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card Program, Greeley/Evans Bus Pass Program, Northern Colorado Continuum of Care (and Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement System), The Piton Foundation Earned Income Tax Credit Initiative, Thriving Weld Dashboard, Weld Child Care, Weld County's Early Childhood Council, Weld Project Connect, Weld Together, and Weld's Way Home.

Population(s) Served
Adults

United Way of Weld County catalyzes innovative, responsive, resource-maximizing partnerships to provide inter-agency programming including: Collective Impact Initiatives, Colorado Reading Corps, Emergency Food and Shelter Program, Recreation Scholarships, Special Grants, UWWC AmeriCorps Project, and Youth Leadership Council.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of clients served

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

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

Adults

Related Program

Volunteer Engagement

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Agencies participating in the Collective Impact Fund initiative

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

UWWC is committed to focusing on the areas of greatest need in our community in a visionary way that leads to solving our most urgent challenges rather than perpetuating them; county-wide collective impact conversations begun in 2018 have given shape and direction to five initiatives with corresponding high-level goals:
• Reading Great by 8: Children are entering kindergarten ready and reading at grade level by the start of fourth grade.
• Thrive by 25: Youth are graduating high school and transitioning to a successful adulthood by age 25.
• Weld’s Way Home: Households are attaining and maintaining stable housing.
• Aging Well: Older adults are aging well in community.
• Connecting Weld: The visibility, accessibility, and capacity of human services in Weld County is increased.

United Way of Weld County employs three distinct strategies to do its community-wide work:
• Provide: Like other nonprofit organizations, UWWC provides and manages direct service programs when there is a need in the community and UWWC has the capacity to respond.
• Collaborate: UWWC collaborates—sometimes leading, other times participating—with nonprofit organizations, government entities, businesses, and the community to bring about county-wide solutions.
• Partner: UWWC funds and supports a robust partner agency network, maximizing the impact of resources to address community-identified challenges.

United Way of Weld County consistently meets the United Way Worldwide annual membership standards of excellence, has received the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving accreditation, and has a Charity Navigator three star rating. The Greeley Chamber of Commerce and the Weld Community Foundation have also recognized United Way of Weld County for outstanding community impact. Additionally, United Way of Weld County continually receives positive annual independent audits. United Way of Weld County's leadership team has over 65 combined years of experience in management and leadership.

Every dollar raised by UWWC achieves results in the organization's initiative areas. This is a substantial change from 15-20 years ago when most United Ways were more reflective of a community chest model, with resources being distributed as allocations to nonprofits. This shift towards focused community transformation is a return to the roots of United Way.

Looking forward, overarching goals include:
1. Facilitate and further collective impact discussions and initiatives.
2. Expand fundraising capacity and results.
3. Expand administrative/finance capacity and explore joining other United Ways in shared administration services (HR, technology, etc.).

Financials

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Operations

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United Way of Weld County

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Randy Watkins

ACM

Term: 2019 - 2022

Mike Bond

Independent Financial

Nina Duran-Gutierrez

Beso Hair Skin Laser Spa

Tobias Guzman

University of Northern Colorado

Ken Schultz

Northstar Management

Sara Seely

First National Bank

Deirdre Pilch

Greeley Evans School District 6

Leah Bornstein

Aims Community College

Tim Brynteson

Otis & Bedingfield

Angel Flores

Greeley Mosaic Church

Evan Hyatt

Care Synergy

Justin Martinez

State Farm

Brian Schiller

Flood and Peterson

Jennifer Scholz

Hensel Phelps

Tom Norton

Extraction Foundation

Jim Becklenberg

City of Evans

Matt Anderson

Ancon II Construction

Julie Cozad

City of Greeley

Lori Gama

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Steve Moreno

Weld County

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? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/17/2021

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
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Disability status
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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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