Supporting the needs of your community: Merrimack
Risks facing the community and how your donation helps address them
RISK TO COMMUNITY: POVERTY
80% of families living in poverty in Merrimack are single-parent families where a female is the head of household.
EXAMPLE OF HOW YOUR DONATION FIGHTS POVERTY:
$10/week ($520/yr.) provides a healthy breakfast, lunch, and snack for a young child for one year at a subsidized childcare program.
RISK TO COMMUNITY: DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Women in NH face a 30% higher rate of sexual assault than the national average. In Merrimack, over 2,200 women have been sexually assaulted.
EXAMPLE OF HOW YOUR DONATION ADDRESSES DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE:
$3/week ($156/yr.) provides an advocate to accompany a domestic or sexual assault survivor at temporary and final restraining order hearings.
During 2013-14, more than 1,50 Merrimack residents were helped by United Way-funded programs that offer crisis intervention, advocacy, emergency shelter, and transitional housing for those who have suffered domestic or sexual violence.
RISK TO COMMUNITY: POOR HEALTH
60% of people in our community are obese or overweight.
EXAMPLE OF HOW YOUR DONATION HELPS IMPROVE COMMUNITY HEALTH:
$5/week ($260/yr.) supports after-school programs that give children increased confidence in themselves and their ability to make proper healthy choices.
During 2013-14, 116 Merrimack children participated in United Way-supported after-school programs that promote healthy lifestyles.
RISK TO COMMUNITY: SUBSTANCE ABUSE
During the past 30 days, 30% of students surveyed at Merrimack High School have smoked marijuana and more than 40% have consumed alcohol.
EXAMPLE OF HOW YOUR DONATION HELPS BATTLE SUBSTANCE ABUSE:
$10/week ($520/yr.) identifies the root of issues related to trauma, anger, and substance use among at-risk children and teens.
Through a United Way-supported program, 56 at-risk children and teens from Merrimack received counseling during 2013-14.
Number of Merrimack residents helped by United Way-funded programs in 2013-14: 661
UNITED WAY VOLUNTEERS AT WORK IN MERRIMACK:
For many years now, United Way has provided Day of Caring volunteers to St. Joseph Community Services in Merrimack to support Meals-on-Wheels preparation and deliveries, and to assist at the agency’s congregate dining facilities.
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United Way Attribution Data Sources Include:
Domestic Abuse Data: NH Violence Against Women Survey (2011)
Substance Abuse Data: Youth Risk Behavior Survey (2011)
Obesity Risk Data: Nashua Community Health Assessment (2011)
Poverty Data Source: www.city-data.com/poverty/poverty-Merrimack-New-Hampshire.html