Working together with a broad range of community partners - partner agencies, schools, faith-based groups, businesses, energized individuals, local government, and more - we're seeking results that no one can accomplish alone.
Currently, we are providing funding to 25 non-profits and programs in our community that address the needs of over 19,000 people. Our support of the Home Delivered Meals and Family Support Services in our region in 2018-2019 resulted in 260 senior citizens and individuals with lifelong disabilities being able to stay in their homes with their families. Last year, The Salvation Army in Florence, SC and Lighthouse Ministries were able to provide 7,444 individuals with emergency housing or utility assistance to because of our support. The availability of these programs prevented homelessness in our area and allowed families to maintain the dignity of having access to basic needs. In 2019, we were the second largest funding source for Mercy Medicine Free Clinic, which offers free dental and medical services to the uninsured, underinsured, working poor, and homeless. By impacting the sectors of Education, Health, Financial Stability, Youth, Emergency Services, and Special Needs, we are changing our community for the better.
Directly out of our office, we sponsor several programs and initiatives that have tremendous impact in our community. Burn and Learn's Biggest Loser program occurs each January. Last year, we provided 46 individuals with nutrition classes, weekly workouts, and other tips to lead a healthy lifestyle that resulted in a combined loss of 881 pounds and 245 inches.
Our annual Day of Caring has been a staple of the United Way for 26 years. On September 21, 2018, we coordinated 370 people in works of volunteerism through 78 projects across our county. This initiative has become a great asset to our partnering nonprofits, allowing them to retain thousands of dollars for direct use in their programs rather than pay for these necessary projects to be completed.
Our 211 program connects individuals in a personal crisis or natural disaster with a vast variety of resources and FamilyWize can provide families and individuals with access to necessary medications through their prescription cards.