Stepping Forward Works has been in existence since January of 2014. The program creates a hand-up support system, encouraging individuals to move into self-reliance by teaching job readiness, competitive skills and financial literacy.

Stepping Forward Works partners with local industry to create and maintain standards in a classroom setting that mirror workplace expectations. The program identifies employer needs and matches candidates to meet those needs. Candidates spend approximately 6 weeks in a daily training setting, learning about industry, workplace culture, and personal goal setting. At the end of each course, students that have met all class obligations are matched with local employers for an interview opportunity. The Stepping Forward Works team continues to work with students during their first year of employment, after the program, to ensure that they have tools in place to continue successful employment.

Of 33 candidates completing course certification in 2015, 25 have reached full time employment. Another stability milestone, many class alumni now report that they are contributing to a retirement fund in their current workplace.

Stuff The Bus, in its 4th year, returns this summer to support classrooms throughout Franklin County. Thanks to donations from businesses and individuals throughout the community, a school bus is filled in each area school district and supplies delivered to classrooms where the need for supplies is most felt.

To register as a volunteer at one of the Stuff the Bus stops, click here. If you are a business that would like to support Stuff the Bus by hosting and helping fill a Stuff the Bus box, please register here.

May of Caring is a celebration of volunteerism in our community with projects that are planned for points throughout Franklin County. Volunteer to improve facilities and services that are accessed by our community every day.

Early Learning Partnership

Early Learning Partnership is a monthly meeting of professionals that work to advance early childhood development in Franklin County. The group meets monthly, on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 11am at United Way of Franklin County. Topics of discussion are planned around community issues and concerns of providers that relate to positive development of young children and increased collaboration for the programs that serve young children and their families.

EITC Pre K Scholarship

EITC Pre K Scholarships are provided in Franklin County to children planning to attend a high quality, pre-K program that aligns with local school district curriculum. To learn more about EITC please click here.

Early Childhood Expo

Early Childhood Expo is being planned for April 22nd 2017 as an opportunity to support families and professionals who are working to raise our youngest citizens. Planning meetings are scheduled for the 2nd Friday of each month at 10am at United Way of Franklin County. Watch for more details on our Events page.