Your Funding Support through United Way of Rockbridge
You know that financial empowerment starts with access to services. So, United Way of Rockbridge funds the following agencies that have a focus on providing a safety net in their programs:
Natural Bridge/Glasgow Food Pantry
NB/GFP serves qualifying households in the southern Rockbridge County communities of Natural Bridge, Natural Bridge Station, Arnold’s Valley, Fancy Hill, Plank Road and Glasgow within an estimated 15-25 mile radius of the Glasgow facility. The NB/GFP delivered food boxes that fed an average of 500 individuals per week in 2019. Due to increased funding, the food pantry also was able to install new commercial doors to facilitate the unloading of large pallets of USDA food from the Verona food bank.
Rockbridge Area Relief Association - UWR provided funding for two programs at RARA.
- FOOD PANTRY - Provides quality, healthy food to area residents who are living at 200% of poverty level or below with a goal to increase food distribution by 50% (to 300 tons per year) by the end of 2020. RARA partners with other local agencies in an effort to fight food insecurity in Rockbridge County while incorporating “Flavor” into the Food Pantry to promote tasty, nutritious food. They recently implemented a new Senior Food Box program to address the growing problem of senior hunger and encouraged local gardeners to “grow an extra row” for the Food Pantry. Since several other food pantries have opened, RARA has helped to create and coordinate the Rockbridge Hunger Coalition.
- HELPLine - Provides financial assistance with utilities, heating fuel, rent, shelter, and transportation to area residents who are living at 200% of poverty or below. They also provide screening assistance for the local churches and serve as the EnergyShare agency for Rockbridge County. The HELPLine offers a lifeline to ensure warm, safe shelter by preventing evictions and utility cutoffs.
Please consider giving a gift today because your community needs your support!