We create a strategic plan focused on addressing the prioritized needs of our community, with the goal of uniting individual local missions in a shared vision that moves us all forward.
Here's how:

Following this model, we launched and invested in 4 United Way Signature Pilot Programs and collaborations with fifteen existing partner programs that address identified service gaps:


When a community partner has an existing program addressing an identified priority of the 2022-23 Community Plan, United Way teams up with that partner to ensure the program is supported. Here's a closer look at those programs:

In 2019, UWRF began the exciting process of transitioning away from a traditional, community chest model. We are proud of the work and impact this model facilitated in Rome & Floyd County for over sixty years, and we recognize the importance of embracing necessary change as our communities' needs and our sector evolve.

Our 2022-2023 Community Investment Plan represents the last phase of this three-phase transition. At the close of 2023, UWRF will focus entirely on our two signature programs, Housing Access and Community Case Managment, as well as continuing to deliver Nonprofit & Volunteer Services and Resource & Data Services as a fundamental part of our mission. Any future funding investments will be made in honoring donor-designated intent and based on data-informed prioritization of community needs.


What is The Emergency Food & Shelter Program?  The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) is a FEMA-funded program authorized by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987. We administer Floyd County’s EFSP funds, assembling a local board representative of the national board and charged with distributing these funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of local food and shelter programs. The local board is required to determine allocations through a competitive application process. Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must (1) be private, voluntary nonprofits or units of government, (2) have an accounting system, (3) be eligible to receive federal funds, (4) practice non-discrimination, (5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, (6) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a volunteer board. Learn more about the grant at the National EFSP Website.