Know Your Nonprofit: United Way of Nevada County
What is your mission statement?
United Way of Nevada County’s mission statement is to “improve lives by directing community resources to community needs.”
How many paid employees do you have?
United Way of Nevada County has three paid employees, including Megan Timpany, executive director, a part-time bookkeeper and part-time administrative assistant.
What is your nonprofit’s history?
United Way of Nevada County has been serving the county of Nevada for more than 30 years. United Way has been working with local businesses, global corporate leaders and community members to get engaged and involved with the local community through volunteering, advocacy and philanthropy since its inception 30 years ago. United Way has taken on projects such as Success by Six, Community Assessment Project, YouthCanDo, FamilyWize discount prescription program and Day of Action, a day of community service, to help the community grow.
Who is your primary audience?
United Way Worldwide and United Way of Nevada County’s work is focused in the areas of health and human services, primarily in the areas of education, income and health.
Over the last couple years United Way’s three impact areas have been:
Education — United Way is helping children and adults achieve their potential through education and mentoring programs.
Income — Helping families and seniors become financially stable and independent.
Health — Improving people’s health by increasing access to critical healthcare services and reducing substance abuse, child abuse and domestic violence.
List the biggest achievements in your nonprofit’s history (up to three).
1) The Community Assessment Project was a very big achievement for United Way of Nevada County. Several community entities worked together on this assessment. United Way was very involved with this project. This was a wonderful tool that was used throughout the community.
2) The “Day of Action,” a day of community service, is going into its fifth year and continues to grow. This day of action has brought volunteers of all ages together to help our local non-profits with specific work-related projects, such as painting, gardening, filing, etc.
3) United Way of Nevada County’s Community impact Fund has allocated funds to more than 20 partner agencies annually for the last 30 years. United Way has brought thousands of dollars into the community and continues to practice due diligence for its donors through the Citizen Review Team process
List the biggest challenges you face (up to three).
1) United Way of Nevada County continues to struggle with the down economy in our local area. Payroll pledging is an integral part of United Ways all around the world. As the economy has struggled and jobs have been lost, payroll pledge campaigns have diminished. Being in a small community, resources are limited, and United Way of Nevada County does not have the same type of business support that other larger United Ways may have. With a limited number of businesses in our community, United Way is continuously looking to increase the local campaigns. The last five years have been very tough; our current challenge is to increase the number and size of local payroll pledging campaigns.
What is your No. 1 short-term goal for the next year?
Increasing awareness of the United Way campaign process and its benefit to the local community and increasing the amount of campaigns.
What is your No. 1 long-term goal for the next three years?
A current community needs assessment that will help us to focus our impact fund into the most needed part of the community.
What are your major fundraisers and dates?
Nevada City Foreign Car Show — June 8
United Way’s Barbecue Battle — Aug. 22
United Way local Campaigns Kick-Off Oct. 1-31
What is the best way a person interested in your organization could help?
There are many ways to get involved with United Way.
Give: The United Way of Nevada County is your premier charitable giving organization. Donations you make to United Way of Nevada County stay in Nevada County to help the people who live here. Local donations meet local needs at 20 agencies throughout the western Nevada County and Truckee communities. Children, families, seniors and people with disabilities and chronic illness get access to food, services, support, respite and hope thanks to your charitable giving.
Advocate: You can make change happen with your voice. Get informed. Tell your friends. Write a letter to the editor. United Way of Nevada County needs people who are passionate about our children, families and health to make some noise! Attend United Way special events and tell your friends about them.
Volunteer: United Way of Nevada County works with volunteers and local nonprofits to develop the best opportunities for youth, busy working adults and seniors. We can always use a helping hand preparing our newsletters for mailing. Every year, we plan a “Day of Action.” This day of community action is an opportunity for volunteers to give back to local nonprofits by helping with projects such as gardening, building, filing organizing, etc. This year’s “Day of Action” will be May 10. United Way is always looking for special volunteers to be part of the board of directors, as well.
United Way of Nevada County is a member of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership, which provides the weekly Know Your Nonprofit feature. You can learn more about The Center for Nonprofit Leadership online at http://CNLSierra.org. The Center is on Facebook http://facebook.com/NevadaCountyNonProfitLeadership and Twitter @NevCoNonprofits.
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