ISSUE: A 2016 Center for Disease Control report cites today’s most important health concerns and problems are:
IMPACT: Batavia United Way provides funds to agencies that combat health related issues. Some of the services provide 24 hour crisis intervention, wellness checks for the elderly or homebound, free medical and dental care.
ISSUE: Rising age. According to the Social Security Administration, one of every four 65 year olds today will live past age 90 and 1 out of 10 will live past 95 years of age. This drives the need for a wide range of services to address the issues such as maintaining financial security, good health, social support and opportunity for those who desire it to stay independent in their own homes.
IMPACT: Batavia United Way provides vital funds that assist senior citizens with prescription medicine purchases, nutrition programs, adult day programs and case coordination.
Children & Families
ISSUE: Income, homelessness and unemployment. In Batavia alone, 20% of all district school children live at or below the poverty level. In the fall of 2016 there were 61 known homeless children in the Batavia School District.
IMPACT: Batavia United Way funds agencies that assist low income and homeless families. These agencies work diligently to provide emergency relief, crisis intervention, hope, guidance and resources to families who may be temporarily suffering through a crisis.
ISSUE: Educational and social interaction disadvantages for low income families. Early education opportunities are limited for our residents who have difficulty affording pre-school or all day kindergarten.
IMPACT: Batavia United Way is committed to funding effective educational and social programs for our youngest citizens who so greatly need and deserve early learning opportunities. We support Day One Network’s Child and Family Connections program which is directly tied to Batavia Public Schools to identify learning disabilities in preschoolers. We manage our Success by 6 Kindergarten Enrichment Scholarship program in conjunction with the Batavia Schools and Park Districts. We support Literacy Volunteers of Fox Valley so older students can improve their English language skills.