In 2017, United Way of Franklin County and United Way of Roanoke Valley announced plans to combine efforts to better serve both areas. By working together the organizations will save time and money, they will also be able to collaborate to bring better service to both communities.
As always, United Way is committed to investing in local agencies dedicated to creating a better life and a stronger community. The new organization plans to maintain the current staff presence in Franklin County and engage Franklin County community leaders in funding decisions. We are also dedicated to fulfilling commitments to funded partners and ensuring that funds raised in Franklin County will continue to support Franklin County programs and families.
A few examples of opportunities that have already occurred thanks to this collaboration include:
- Both United Way’s previously facilitated a health based initiative (Healthy Franklin County and Healthy Roanoke Valley) that seeks to build a culture of health by providing medical resources and educating citizens to make healthier decisions. By working together, HFC and HRV can now better collaborate to provide community resources like never before.
- In 2017, we launched a new sweepstakes to give donors an incentive to give. Thanks to a generous donation from Rutherfoord, a Marsh & McLennan Agency, Ronile employee Jeff Dennis won a 7-day trip for two to Hawaii! Now that’s what we call a win-win: Jeff gives back to Franklin County friends and neighbors and he wins too!
- For many years, Smart Beginnings of Greater Roanoke has worked to foster a rich learning environment in 19 early childhood education classrooms across Franklin County. Thanks to our new partnership, these learning opportunities can serve Franklin County students in collaboration with other programs that provide for their well-being.
We look forward to even more examples of success, because if there’s on thing we know at United Way it is that to live better, we must Live United.
For questions about Franklin County Community Impact please contact: Pamela Chitwood, Associate Director Community Impact – Franklin County, email@example.com 540-483-4949
For questions about donations please contact: Terry Bridges, Vice President of Operations and Finance firstname.lastname@example.org 540-777-4213