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What United Way of Merced County Does for the Community

In summary United Way of Merced County works to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community to foster health, education and financial stability. Major programs and initiatives include:

  • Provide financial support to worthy non-profit charities through cash awards and donor designated gifts. Help start up charities by acting as their fiscal agent until they are able to obtain their non-profit status with IRS. Collaborate and partner on non-profit charity projects and programs, Including providing training and meeting facilities.
  • Provide low-income families whose prescription drugs are not covered by insurance with discount cards that save them up to 75 % at most pharmacies.
  • Annually operate a free income tax service for low income families that provides them with tax credits (funds in addition to withholding) to improve their economic stability.
  • Bring an economic windfall to the community through partnerships with sponsors to put on the annual Merco Cycling Classic, four days of world-class bicycle racing events.
  • Implement a great family fun day with the annual Rabobank Pedal Merced event where families enjoy bicycling along a 10 mile course with stops along the way for prizes and information, followed by a lunch and a drawing.
  • House and staff the Merced Site of the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program that works with schools, government and other interested parties to improve children's diets and provide them with greater physical activity opportunities.
  • House and staff the Merced Site of Building Healthy Communities, a ten-year project of The California Endowment, to establish places where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn in four low-income communities of Merced County (Planada, Le Grand, South Merced and Beachwood/Franklin).
  • Chair the local board of the national Emergency Food and Shelter Program that distributes federal funds to local providers of emergency food and emergency shelter.
  • Work closely with the Merced County Food Bank and the many emergency food pantries to assure adequate, nutritious food for those in need.
  • Work with UC Merced Students to help local businesses learn how to improve their sales through social media in a program called Root Social Merced.

July 2013

United Way of Merced County, 658 West Main Street, Merced, CA 95340, 209-383-4242 (voice), 209-383-4254 (fax)

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