Program areas at United Way of the Quad Cities Area
Resource development - the United Way efficiently and effectively raise the maximum amount of funds from employees, businesses, individuals, grants, labor members, and foundations to improve the quality of life for individuals and families in the Quad Cities Area. In addition, United Way qca is building an endowment to help guarantee quality of life in our community into the future.
United Way initiatives and donor networks-united Way works closely with local change makers to transform the lives of Quad citizens through our donor networks. Staff provide support to volunteers and workplace campaigns centered on one or more of the donor networks. Donor networks include women United, young leaders and african american leadership society focusing on early childhood education, third grade reading proficiency and fostering the next generation of black leaders, respectfully. Initiatives include imagination library, volunteer income tax assistance (vita), 2-1-1, covid-19 rebuilding fund and United for equity.
Community investment and impact - United Way works hard to ensure community impact contributions are invested in several targeted priorities to make the maximum impact possible in the Quad Cities Area. Allocable strategic impact funds are distributed through a volunteer review process, whereby local volunteers assess programs and recommend fund allocations to the United Way qca board of directors. In the Quad Cities, approximately 150 volunteers are involved in this important process. the board of directors also invests strategic impact funds in United Way qca operations and United Way qca initiatives such as emergency grant fund and community impact activities. Create long-lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place by focusing on critical issues in our community in education, income, and health. We stand to make the greatest impact possible by creating efficient and effective strategies and developing measurable results of our work. United Way qca has three impact councils that govern this work - education, income, and health. They lead the development of initiatives to achieve community impact.
Labor - develops and supports an active participation of labor in United Way qca activities such as resource development, community investment and community impact. Volunteer engagement - volunteer engagement is a strategy to inspire employees in the workplace to further United Way's mission by committing to long-term, ongoing projects that move the needle in education, income, and health. Day of caring, where thousands of individuals volunteer for hundreds of projects throughout the community, is one of our largest volunteer events. Corporate volunteer opportunities can include: conducting book drives or school supply drives; reading and mentoring; assisting in food delivery and more.