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The lives we touch: together we help make life better.

Learn more about how donations to UMC impact the lives of 1 in 3 residents of Knox and Waldo counties through UMC’s grants supporting the work of 50+ nonprofit agencies.

Neal – Trekkers

Rebecca – Parent Program

Giff – Restorative Justice Project

Ray – MCH Meals on Wheels

2022 Grants Results

Together, we provided:

  • 17 at-risk youth and teen parents received high school diplomas through the Wayfinder Schools Passages Program.
  • 238 residents of Knox County received domestic violence screening, support and resources.
  • 28 people trained as facilitators in restorative justice practices.
  • 1,784 vulnerable community members in Knox County and 1,300 in Waldo County received safety-net health within their home.
  • 2,129 students and 90 school professionals in Knox and Waldo counties received access to sexual violence prevention programs and trauma-informed responses.
  • 101,847 hot, nutritious meals were provided throughout Knox and Waldo counties, including homebound seniors, veterans and disabled adults.
  • 425 Knox and 95 Waldo County residents received hot, take-out style meals five times a week.
  • 15,672 visits to receive shelf-stable food, fresh fruits and vegetables, paper and hygiene products in Knox County.
  • 465+ Knox and Waldo County families enrolled in weekend meal programs.
  • 2,185 Knox households received much-needed home energy assistance.
  • 624 households received firewood to heat their homes.
  • 6 new homes completed for low-income individuals and families in need.
  • 106 individuals transitioned to stable housing.
  • 1,885 days of transitional housing provided for youth.
  • 600 Waldo County folks in need received pads, tampons, toilet paper and bladder pads.
  • 297 LGBTQ+ youth supported by programs that provide connection, support, and adult mentors.
  • 79 individuals struggling with addiction provided with a healthy and safe living environment.
  • 280 students learned “soft skills” for employment, including leadership, fellowship, working through adversity, taking one for the team, cooperation, reaching a seemingly unreachable goal.
  • 720 youth and their families received mentoring and family support in Waldo County.
  • 1,967 low-income children and adults in Waldo and Knox counties received high-quality, affordable dental care.
  • 107 criminal cases referred for community-based restorative justice support.
  • 28 individuals trained to provide coaching for organizations serving re-entry citizens.
  • 697 residents at end of life, their families, and the bereaved provided with non-medical support.