United Way Gives Updates on Programs

by Kelly Mills on December 10, 2009 at 5:47 am

Representatives from the United Way met with the Muskingum County Commissioners Thursday to give updates on the organizations many programs.

211 Call Center Manager Audry Foster says they have seen a three-fold increase in the number of calls since the 211 program began June 25th.

"We have received over 4,000 calls in our center and we have handled all calls for utilities, food assistance and all sorts of other agencies and organizations that people are looking for and they don’t quite know where to look," says Foster.

Also, since August the United Way has provided 9,000 families with FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards, saving them $13,000 on prescriptions.

"It’s a free card, there’s no registration, no sign-up, there’s no income limits minimums or maximums, you can use the card as many times as you like at all the participating pharmacies," says Amy Davis, Financial Stabilization Partnership Coordinator.

Davis also told commissioners the United Way will begin their tax preparation clinic in February. Last year they did  $354,000 in refunds through their clinics.