2019, A New Year to Make a Difference!
A new year, a brand new opportunity to invest in your community! Did you know that UWWC has a wide variety of sponsorships for all budgets? Take a look at our investment overview. Partnering with United Way is a step in the right direction to create positive community impact and advance the common good for all of us who call Washington County home.
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Kindergarten Readiness IMPROVES!

Great news for Washington County! The most recent report from Maryland's Kindergarten Readiness Assessment for 2018-2019 shows an improvement to 43% over the previous year's rate of 37% for kindergartners entering school demonstrating skills showing they are ready to learn and succeed. More details and the full report available here. 
Community Conversations, In a Community Near You!
Community Conversations, are as they sound, a table at which a diverse cross-section of the community will sit together to break bread and converse. The idea is for the attendees to engage with people they don't necessarily know and, over a nice meal, discuss several questions about community. A host will be seated at each section of the table to help guide conversations as attendees discuss questions like "What kind of community do you want?" and "What are the most important issues facing our community right now?" It is our hope that, for attendees, the Small Town Community Conversations will humanize social issues and ignite a desire to think positively, engage civilly, and work conscientiously to create positive change within the community. A few friendships might even be made along the way! The dialogue begins when you come to the table! 
Community Conversation Schedule:
Saturday March 23rd: Hancock, Noon - 2PM
Tuesday April 30th: Williamsport, 5-7PM
Thursday May 9th: Boonsboro, 5-7PM

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that YOU care! 
As a small business owner, you understand that a strong, healthy community is good for business. Show your customers you care about our community by joining the 365 Small Business Circle.
For only a dollar a day, or $365 a year, your business can make an impact in people's lives. Your membership to the 365 Small Business Circle is helping United Way of Washington County serve all of the communities here in Washington County. 
Proudly displaying your 365 window decal on your business front will let your customers know you're committed to creating positive community impact.  Become a member today !

Youth United Makes an Impact in Washington County! 
North Hagerstown High School's Youth United group hosted a community wide, free will dinner on Saturday January 19th.  Over thirty students participated to help coordinate and run the event, in honor and fueled by the legacy and life of service that Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. led. This is the first event of its kind hosted by Youth United with more in store for the future. Currently, there are two active chapters of Youth United in Washington County Schools - Smithsburg High & North Hagerstown High. UWWC is hoping to partner with Washington County Public Schools to eventually offer Youth United at all high & middle schools in the county.
UWWC Welcomes New
Board Members

UWWC is pleased to announce the growth of our Board of Directors with 5 new members! We are excited to grow as well as represent Washington County's wide range of demographics. We look for individuals with extremely diverse backgrounds and experiences.  "We want people who represent a broad scope of the community with a sense of service. From time to time, we believe certain skill sets and community sectors are under represented on our board." - Guinn Rogers, CEO UWWC. 
"We strive to find community members who understand and support the mission to Give, Advocate and Volunteer to make our community stronger" - Tim Troxell, Chairman of the Board. 
New Members are:
Ellen PreteVice President of Communications & External Relations - Citi Bank
Mike HarshProfessor, Drama, Speech, English, Humanities and Leadership Development, Hagerstown Community College
Tereance MooreOwner, Tereance Moore Consulting,  LLC
Kyle Huntzberry, Commercial Banking Officer, BB&T
Julie Pippel, Private Environmental Consultant
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Together We Are Making A Difference!
The folks at First Data host a basket fundraiser every year to benefit UWWC. This year they raised $9,600 for our community! A special thank you to the many employees at First Data! 

This year, United Way partnered with The American Red Cross and Valley Mall to offer holiday gift wrapping. From December 1st through December 13th, we had 175 gift wrapping volunteers wrap over 1,100 gifts for mall shoppers, donating a total of 537 hours!
We appreciate and thank everyone for their monetary donations. Your time, donations and effort contributed to the overall success of this event! We look forward to what next year will bring.
Special thanks to Berwick Offray, Columbia Gas and The American Red Cross for your support!

Making The News!
UWWC is proud to have been announced as a finalist for nonprofit of the year with the Washington County Business Awards. We are truly honored to be among so many other incredible
 and organizations here in Washington County! 
2018 Top Charity! 
Forbes has released its list of America's Top Charities. United Way has topped the list of the nation's 100 largest charities & top charities again!  Read more
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ton County Community Action Council's  VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program offers free tax help across Washington County for people with low-to-moderate incomes, more information here.
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