What do United Good Neighbors (UGN) and St. Vincent De Paul have in common? Both share a common vision to help families stay strong and stay together in Jefferson County. St. Vincent de Paul at St. Mary’s is comprised of a small group of volunteers who answer requests for help from people throughout East Jefferson County, usually relating to meeting emergency needs such as food, utility payment assistance or shelter.
Last year volunteers made 815 visits – serving 219 new families which was a nearly a 10% increase over the previous year. Thirty dedicated volunteers donated about 4,500 hours of their time- providing personalized assistance and support across the county.
Funding to support St. Vincent’s De Paul’s efforts is received from generous individual donations and through contributions from community members to UGN.
By now you should have received your annual UGN campaign envelope in your mailbox. We hope you will consider helping UGN continue support Jefferson County safety-net organizations like St. Vincent De Paul, Working Image, Jumping Mouse Children’s Center, The Boiler Room and dozens of others. In 2012, UGN raised over $280,000 from this generous community during its annual campaign. This year UGN has set the bar high – with a goal of $300,000 by December 31, 2013.
Donations can be received from individual donors and as payroll deductions with area businesses such as Port Townsend Paper, Jefferson Healthcare and Quilcene, Chimacum and Port Townsend School Districts. You may also donate online at: www.WeAreUGN.org.
For more than 50 years, when your neighbors have needed critical services, United Good Neighbors of Jefferson County has been there to help. Please consider giving generously from your heart during this year’s annual campaign.
The Jefferson County YMCA serves as a cornerstone for youth and family services in Jefferson County. During the summer months when school is out, the Jefferson County YMCA feeds kids ages infant to 18 at various locations around the county -part of its successful Summer Meals program. In addition to year-round youth and adult programs, during the school year the YMCA offers an After the Bell enrichment program at elementary schools around the county. And, one of their better-known programs, Building Futures is a school-based mentoring program that matches local students with caring, supportive, and stable adult mentors. Mentors and their “Buddies” meet for one hour per week on school grounds, where they play games, read, make crafts, tell stories, and more.
In 2012, funding for Jefferson County YMCA programs was dramatically cut. Many of the safety net services community members had come to rely on at the YMCA, including affordable childcare, were to be drastically reduced or cut entirely. That’s when United Good Neighbors stepped in. For more than 50 years, when your neighbors have needed critical services, UGN of Jefferson County has been there. UGN is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that helps provide funding for, and raise awareness of critical social services in our community.
Because of generous financial contributions made throughout the year, and especially during our annual campaign, UGN is able to provide funding to programs based on a rigorous evaluation-based model. In 2013, UGN not only provided emergency funding to the YMCA, we also helped over three dozen other agencies provide emergency, senior, youth, and community services to neighbors across Jefferson County.
Because of the community’s generous support, the YMCA has exceeded expectations for 2013. This year alone the YMCA engaged over 70 individuals in mentorship matches, served over 100 children in licensed childcare, served more than 300 individual children in youth development programs and served 5000 summer meals to kids.
UGN’s annual campaign is currently underway. Please give from the heart and help us reach our goal of $300,000.00 by December 31. Learn more about the YMCA and other safety net organizations UGN has funded at www.weareugn.org. Donate securely online, or if you would like to make a donation over the phone, please call 360.385.3797.
Applications for 2014 funding from United Good Neighbors (UGN) are due December 15, 2013. Health and Human Services organizations serving Jefferson County clients are invited to apply and will find application forms and information about the allocation process online.
First time applicants are required to fill out the certification form to determine eligibility for funding. Formerly funded organizations are asked to update their basic organizational information with their application.
UGN’s campaign goal this year is to raise over $300,000 to allocate to programs that provide emergency food, shelter, and healthcare; and programs that provide high preventative services like early childhood and youth programs. Information about programs funded in 2013 are on the UGN website.
Donations to UGN can be made year-round online, or by mail: 201 West Patison Street, Suite B, Port Hadlock, WA 98339. For other information, call 360-385-3797.
A Colorado native, Debbie and her husband moved their family to Port Townsend in 2007. A graduate of Western Washington University, with many professional experiences working in a staff capacity for non-profit organizations, Debbie brings a myriad of experience and enthusiasm to the administrative operations of UGN and JCCF. She is a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, an organization established to promote and provide educational opportunities for women, and is a member of the First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir. Debbie’s most valued role in life is that of mother to three ”amazing” children.
Debbie can be contacted at Debbie@weareugn.org; or 385-3797.
We are excited to announce an easier way to donate to UGN: Electronic Funds Transfer – or EFT.
For UGN, the benefits of EFT include reduced administrative costs, increased efficiency, simplified bookkeeping, and greater security.
For you – our donor – it’s a much simpler way to donate – whether you want to use a credit card, debit card, or your checking account.
No matter where you are on the site - just click on “Donate” menu item or the right hand “Give” button. You will then have the opportunity to select a new donation or to update a recurring donation already in process. You may elect to make a one-time gift or make a monthly payment. If you wish to contribute to a specific fund you are able to make a note in that regard right on the form.
We are pleased to be able to offer this option to our donors who make such a big difference in the lives of those people and agencies making up the safety net for those in need in our community.