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United Way Initiatives

WV 2-1-1 Information and Referral Service for Wood and Wirt Counties

2-1-1 is a comprehensive statewide directory of health and human services available in West Virginia. The toll free 2-1-1 hotline connects callers to trained call specialists who can help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Finding the answers to health and human services questions and locating resources is as quick and easy as dialing 2-1-1. Think of it this way...WV 2-1-1  is the 911 for social services.

A call to 2-1-1 connects people to help FAST.

  • Free

  • Confidential access to social services 

  • 24 hours a day/7 days a week

Callers seeking help in Wood and Wirt counties are assisted by United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley which serves as the 2-1-1 partner for these counties. Our trained and experienced Community Impact Coordinator helps callers seeking a variety of information, from utility assistance, food pantry locations, childcare, eldercare and more.

FamilyWize prescription drug program

This free card from the FamilyWize community service partnership can save you money on your prescription drugs. Simply present your card and prescription to a participating pharmacy to obtain the discounted price. Use your card as often as you need, for any prescription, for everyone in your family. There is no income limit, age requirement, eligibility or registration required.

Health care coverage is one of the top concerns for people in our community.  United Way is committed to helping increase access to affordable health care and getting everyone the medicine they need.  Many people who live and work in our community struggle to pay their bills and have to choose between getting the medicine they need and paying for food, rent or utilities.

We are pleased to partner with FamilyWize to offer this important free prescription discount card program to help everyone in our community. Learn more: www.uwamov.com/familywize

Back to school backpack program

UWA and school teachers agree- every student deserves to have a backpack of their own when entering school for the new year and to not be worried about how they will carry their supplies back and forth to school. In a population of students who often feel “less than” among their peers, something as simple as a new backpack can make an enormous difference in their attitude and perspective towards the school year.

If you know someone who might need a new backpack, please encourage them to get in touch with us and help us meet the needs of our local community, one child at a time! This program is a collaboration between United Way Alliance, Community Resources, Inc. and the Wood County Family Resource Network. 

Hunger Solutions MOV

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, in an effort to help people with economic emergencies.  EFSP funds must be used to supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional sheltering) and rent/mortgage and utility assistance efforts only.

EFSP is governed by a National Board that selects jurisdictions for funding.  Local Boards are convened in those qualifying jurisdictions to determine the highest need and best use of funds and to select Local Recipient Organizations (LROs) that will provide emergency food and shelter services.   Each year, needs are to be assessed in an effort to respond to changes in the community.

As an LRO, United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley represents the Wood County Emergency Food Coop and manages the distribution of the funds awarded by the local board. In 2016, local food pantries received $12,000 from United Way to help with re-stocking shelves, equipment purchases, etc.

United Way Alliance works in partnership with local food pantries to support and promote their good work in serving residents in need of emergency food. United Way serves as the primary referral agency for most pantries.

Warming Hands and Hearts Energy Initiative

Each winter, many families struggle to warm their homes when the temperatures drop. Warming Hands and Hearts coordinates efforts to keep the heat on for the neediest of our community members.

This is accomplished by pooling existing funds from Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) and charitable and faith-based organizations then supplementing those dollars with donations from the Warming Hands and Hearts fund.  Warming Hands and Hearts is used to fill the gaps when all other resources are exhausted.

Referrals are made through DHHR, and case managers at Community Resources Inc. work with the client to identify all potential methods of resolving the situation.  All payments are made directly to the utility company.    

The goal of Warming Hands and Hearts is to ensure that every family in our footprint with a legitimate need is assisted.

Volunteer MOV

Volunteer MOV is a new local resource for any non-profit looking to post a volunteer need or any person/group seeking a volunteer opportunity. You can also post/search local events, get notified of future volunteer needs, track volunteer hours & more.

Learn more: www.uwamov.com/volunteer and www.volunteermov.org