The Shelby County United Way is starting our 59th year of serving the citizens, organizations, and companies of Shelby County. Over this period, your trusted donations have made significant impact in the lives of Shelby County citizens of all ages. Today, 27 agencies and programs receive United Way funding and all change lives in the impact areas of Health, Education, and Income. Separately, Shelby County United Way offers Special Project Grants available to 501 (c) 3 non-profit agencies in Shelby County throughout the year to assist in one time projects or programs.
In 2015, the Shelby County United Way collaborated with the Shelby County Libraries and many funding partners to adopt Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for Shelby County youth under the age of 5. Imagination Library is an early literacy program for children under the age of 5. At no cost to the family, an age appropriate book is mailed monthly to the family’s address. Studies show children enrolled in Imagination Library are better prepared for kindergarten, are read to more often, and have more books and visits to the local libraries than children not enrolled. Wilson Health is enrolling all infants born at the birthing center. At the end of 2015, 1,686 children representing 49.5% of the children in the county under the age of 5 were enrolled.
Mission: To continually identify, evaluate, and make possible the humanservices needed in our community.
Vision: To lead collaborative efforts in building a better community.