A message from Jeannine Truswell, President and CEO
As we end 2019 and close out the decade, it is always good to take time to reflect on the past. In preparation for a recent meeting of the United Way of Weld County board of directors, I was asked by our Board Chairman Randy Watkins to share the top accomplishments in the last 10 years. As I reflected, I realized how many there were and yet my list excludes so much. All of these are thanks first, to our donors. All are also thanks to dedicated volunteers, professional staff, and our agency, government, faith based and business partners. All of these people are committed to working together to improve the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors and to work in a collaborative manner to strengthen our community. All are committed to living united.
Here is the list:
- Response to the 2013 floods with immediate relief for households and facilitation of Weld Recovers for long-term recovery helping over 500 households.
- Creation and growth of Weld Project Connect helping between 850 to 1,200 people per year.
- Secured and developed the Providers Advancing School Outcomes (PASO) Program for Weld County exempt childcare providers helping some of our most vulnerable children be ready for school.
- Secured and managed AmeriCorps VISTA Program to Weld and northeast Colorado who have helped build the capacity of nonprofits, schools and programs working to alleviate poverty.
- Partnership with Better Business Bureau for accreditation of nonprofit agencies to meet standards of excellence.
- Response to increased homelessness in Weld and development of the Weld’s Way Home Plan: programs developed include Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement System (CAHPS), Housing Navigation Center, Cold Weather Shelter, support for Affordable Housing Developments, High Plains Housing Corporation, North Colorado Continuum of Care.
- Partnership with Weld County Department of Human Resources and Weld County Department of Health in addressing issues related to child care availability and quality and the work of Thriving Weld.
- Growth of 2-1-1 and partnership with Mile High United Way to bring more efficient and effective services to our region.
- Secured and partnered to bring Colorado Reading Corps to Weld County and Greeley-Evans School District 6.
- Growth of our Cornerstone partners program to more than 40 companies covering United Way of Weld County fundraising and administration costs so that 100 percent of giving from others to United Way goes to direct service programs.
- Number of children, families impacted by our Promises for Children programs including Bright by Three, Best Start for Babies and Child Care Quality Improvement.
- Adoption of Collective Impact business model which will help nonprofits work in a more collaborative manner.
- Presence and funding of programs in south Weld County including donation to the United Way of Weld County of a Fort Lupton building location.
- Growth in our partnerships with nonprofits, government agencies, faith-based organizations and businesses and the number of Weld County residents impacted each year.Resource development growth and resilience including adopting new fundraising strategies and communication tools and methods to respond to the changing philanthropic market place.
- Resource development partnerships with private and public grantors, securing grants and provide good grant management.
- Thriving Weld Dashboard Partnership which has provided a public facing website showing outcomes achieved by United Way of Weld County and our partners.
- Nonprofit and financial management excellence demonstrated accountability and systems that have received accreditation from the Better Business Bureau, United Way Worldwide, Charity Navigation and GuideStar.
- Strength, leadership, expertise and engagement of our Board of Directors and professional staff.
- Over $1 million saved in prescription drug costs for Weld County residents due to FamilyWize program.
- Recognized leader in northern Colorado and State of Colorado because of staff involvement in regional and statewide organizations.