The Branch County United Way has been involved in funding agencies that help kids succeed for many years. Below are some of the agencies and programs that succeed as a result of funding from people just like you.
BCCADV Altrusa Teen Share
Provides housing and resources for homeless teens who are trying to finish their education.
Branch County Literacy Council
Trains volunteer tutors to work with the functionally illiterate population, increasing employability and enhancing life skills and lifestyle.
Branch ISD Family Success Program
Family Success Program of Success by Six delivers home visiting services for child development and parenting education for children aged 0-5 and their families. It also provides play groups, parenting education groups, developmental screening, health screening and referral services.
Bronson Area Youth Program
Provides after-school tutoring for grades 3-5. The center is open Monday-Thursday from 3-6 pm, and includes a game room, weight room, basketball, volleyball and a conference room.
Bronson Boy Scout Troop
Offers training of leaders, activities, camp opportunities, service and learning centers.
Finds home visitors to work with low income families in educating their young children. This ensures that these children have the opportunity to be successful in school.
Dolly Parton Imagination LIbrary
Encourages children under five to read with their parents, and foster a love for learning before entering kindergarten.
The BCUW provides funds for scholarships for working adults to better their lives and economic situation by taking, and passing, the GED test.
Kimball Camp YMCA
Provides positive camping experiences for children, camping scholarships, and team building and leadership training for children and adults.
Girls on the Run
Encourages 3-5 grade girls to stay active, be confident and build healthy, positive relationships through mentoring and running with their peers.
As the United Way moves forward in Branch County, our focus is moving from giving a hand out, to giving a hand UP. These partners are working to provide services and supports in our community.
BCCADV Bridges Out of Poverty
Supports individuals in breaking the cycle of poverty through workshops and community groups.
Shelterhouse provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, crisis and support services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Bronson Food Pantry
Operates an emergency-needs pantry for individuals, families and senior citizens within the Bronson School District.
Family Promise of Branch County (formerly BIHN)
Provides shelter for homeless families. Day care center provides service coordination, showers and address; churches provide meals and overnight accomodations.
Legal Services of South Central Michigan
Provides free civil legal representation and advice in domestic matters, housing, and public benefits for low income individuals and senior citizens.
Provides emergency shelter, health care, assistance with utilites and clothing. Also provides services for pregnant and parenting teens, disaster services, substance abuse services, missing persons service and a camp for children.
Sonshine Food Pantry
Services the Quincy area population by providing assistance with food.
Working Family Revolving Loan Fund
Through Honor Credit Union, BCUW is able to provide no-interest loans to working families who encounter a one-time emergency. These loans allow individuals to rebuild their credit, and their lives.
The health of our community is the cornerstone of the success of all that we do, and to that end, the Branch County United Way has always been a staunch supporter of programs that serve the health of our community. Past grant recipients have included:
A quality area youth soccer program that promotes a fun, family environment.
Bronson Youth Recreation Association
Provides recreational programs including summer parks programs, baseball, softball, soccer and golf for children of all ages in the Bronson area.
Gives assistance to terminally ill people and their families, enabling the family to live as fully as possible until the death by offering physical, emotional and spiritual support.
CHC Maternal and Infant Health
Provides pregnant women with special non-medical services to promote healthy delivery and to help babies grow into healthy children.
Works with a network of school counselors to identify children in needs of shoes in Branch County. They then provide socks and shoes to those in need.
Coldwater Christian Services/Jacob's Well
Offers food, goods and financial assistance to relieve the acute, temporary survival needs of local residents, or transients, who are poor or destitute.
Presbyterian Free Health Clinic
Provides healthcare at no charge to citizens of Branch County who have no medical insurance, are under-insured, or cannot afford to pay for health care.