SUPPORTING THE NEEDS OF YOUR COMMUNITY: SOUHEGAN VALLEY
Risks facing the community and how your donation helps address them
RISK TO COMMUNITY: POVERTY
The number of students in the Souhegan Valley who meet federal poverty guidelines to qualify for the free lunch program has increased 62% over the past five years.
EXAMPLE OF HOW YOUR DONATION FIGHTS POVERTY:
United Way awarded $10,000 to SHARE in Milford in support of its capital renovations, including expanded refrigeration to increase storage of fresh produce, meats, and milk.
In addition, the United Way-supported Meals-on-Wheels program helped 173 low-income seniors in the Souhegan Valley during 2013-14.
RISK TO COMMUNITY: DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Women in NH face a 30% higher rate of sexual assault than the national average. In the Souhegan Valley, over 4,000 women have been sexually assaulted.
EXAMPLE OF HOW YOUR DONATION ADDRESSES DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE:
$10/week ($520/yr.) covers nearly one month of operating a 24-hour crisis line.
During 2013-14, more than 420 Souhegan Valley 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:
$3/week ($156/yr.) provides access to preventive health care services for the uninsured.
More than 130 Souhegan Valley residents received preventive health care through United Way-supported services in 2013-14.
RISK TO COMMUNITY: SUBSTANCE ABUSE
During the past 30 days, students surveyed at these high schools reported having smoked marijuana (A), and consumed alcohol (B)
- Milford High School: A – 24%; B – 38%:
- Souhegan High School: A – 23%; B – 38%
- Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative: A – 18%; B – 29%
EXAMPLE OF HOW YOUR DONATION HELPS BATTLE SUBSTANCE ABUSE:
United Way-supported community prevention coalitions increased the number of students who disapprove of regular drinking of alcohol by 18% from 2007 to 2011.
Number of Souhegan Valley residents helped by United Way-funded programs in 2013-14: 906
UNITED WAY VOLUNTEERS AT WORK IN SOUHEGAN VALLEY:
Over the past several years during its annual Day of Caring in September, United Way has provided volunteers to the Boys and Girls Club, SHARE, and other non-profit organizations in the area.
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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: Free/Reduced Lunch http://KidsCount.org (administered in NH by NH Children’s Alliance)