Give To The United Way Rockbridge

Give To The United Way Rockbridge

DURING THE PUBLIC KICKOFF of this year’s United Way campaign at Hopkins Green, youngsters had the opportunity to enjoy various activities, including playing with blocks in an activity sponsored by the Fulcher Lab at W&L. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

Editorial

One of the unfortunate outcomes of the 2017 federal tax cut legislation is that financial incentives for charitable giving by middle-income people were largely eliminated. As a result, fewer people are giving their hard-earned dollars to charity. This is hurting many worthwhile organizations. United Way of Rockbridge, for one, has experienced a decline in giving.

Despite the changes to the tax code, the needs of our community are not going away. While most of us are having to be more selective in deciding whom to donate to, we are confident in saying that a way to ensure that you get the most bang for your buck is to make a donation to our local United Way.

UW-R provides financial support for 22 distinct programs administered by agencies through Rockbridge County, Buena Vista and Lexington. Among the programs that benefit from United Way giving are ones that create a safety net and provide vital services for those in our community who are most in need.

The Community Table provides high-quality nutritious meals in a dignified setting. The Rockbridge Area Relief Association runs a food pantry and provides financial support for those who need help in paying for utilities, fuel, rent and shelter. The Natural Bridge/Glasgow Food Pantry provides food for qualifying households in the southern end of the county.

The Rockbridge Area Transportation System offers nonemergency, demand-response, door-to-door transportation services for wheelchair and ambulatory rides to medical appointments. The Rockbridge Area Health Center provides school-based oral health services to area preschools, Headstart and public schools.

Rockbridge Reads provided almost 2,000 new and gently used books to Rockbridge area residents this past year. The Day in K program made it easier for children to make the transition to kindergarten. The Rock-bridge Regional Library Youth Literacy program recruits and trains volunteers to become reading tutors for area school children.

Yellow Brick Road Learning Centers serves children ages 6 weeks to preschool and has a sliding scale scholarship program based on family income. Rockbridge Area YMCA after-school programs at Natural Bridge and Fairfield elementary schools augment the educational experience for children at these schools.

Campus Kitchen operates two programs to help alleviate hunger in the Rockbridge area. The backpack program provides food for school children to take home. The Mobile Food Pantry provides free produce and staple foods to individuals in the more remote parts of the county.

Blue Ridge Court Appointed Special Advocates recruit, train and supervise volunteers who advocate for children who have been victims of abuse or neglect. Blue Ridge Legal Services provides free legal assistance in civil cases to low-income residents.

The Coffee House of Rockbridge offers individuals with cognitive, development and physical disabilities an opportunity to socialize with each other and build community bonds and social networks. The Talking Book Center provides audio books and magazines to people who are not able to read conventional print media.

Valley Program for Aging Services offers four different programs: Meals on Wheels delivers freshly prepared lunches five days a week to homebound older adults who are unable or lack the resources to prepare their own meals. The Medical Insurance Counseling Program assists individuals with the process of signing up for health insurance. The Fall Prevention Program addresses the issue of older adults falling. The Virtual Dementia Tour provides participants with an understanding of the visual and mobility barriers affecting those with dementia.

Each of the programs UW-R assists has been vetted by members of the community for effectiveness. By donating to the UW-R, your hard-earned dollars are spread around so that they can do the most good. To make a donation, or to find out more information, visit uwrockbridge.org, or mail a contribution to United Way Rockbridge, P.O. Box 1094, Lexington, VA 24450-1094.

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