In 2017, UWMOC embarked on a multi-year strategic plan advancing our Community Impact work in school readiness, early grade reading, youth career pathways, and financial stability – and we are working diligently with our partners to close the gaps in these areas.
In the last year, we have seen great impact in our work. Our Financial Success Center (FSC) Network expanded to 10 locations throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties, providing much-needed services for residents to move from financial difficulty to economic well-being. In partnership with Fulfill, this past tax season we generated $987,055 in economic impact through our free tax assistance program.
As of March 31, 2019, our pilot programs in the school readiness initiative equipped 247 parents, caregivers and providers with the tools needed to address early literacy for their children.
Our work in early grade reading has developed in both Monmouth and Ocean counties to ensure students are learning, engaged and healthy over the summer months so they are reading at grade level and prepared for school in September. In 2018, 92% of 866 participating students in grades K-3 maintained or improved their reading levels over the summer.
We would like to thank the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation for their generous support of our new mission and vision with the Grunin Foundation Challenge. Through this challenge, any new funds raised until 2021 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1 million. This match has spearheaded our new initiatives to affect Monmouth and Ocean counties in long-lasting, life-changing ways.
Thank you to our donors, board, volunteers and staff for the impact we achieved this past year. As we continue to implement our strategic plan, we look forward to working with all of our partners in our commitment to LIVE UNITED.
President & CEO