Investing in Health: Uplifting Cape Fear Communities

Our health is perhaps the most critical building block to ensuring our overall quality of life. Consider that children who are healthy attend school more regularly and perform better academically, which sets them up for success in school, work, and life. When adults enjoy good health, they perform well at work, creating avenues for financial stability for their families. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true: families without access to health resources very often struggle to reach their full potential.

That’s why United Way of the Cape Fear Area (UWCFA) is committed to helping all families access the resources and services they need to achieve and maintain good health. We’re thrilled to announce the recipients of our 2024 Community Impact Health Grants, a total investment of $174,000 went to support 10 local nonprofits. The full list of grant recipients for this Community Impact funding cycle on health can be found here.

These programs reflect our commitment to a healthier community. They tackle a wide range of health-related challenges, from trauma recovery to mental health support and preventive care. We’re incredibly proud to partner with these organizations, knowing that each grant represents another step toward a healthier, more resilient Cape Fear community. Our mission is to make a lasting impact, and together, we’re doing just that.

We envision a stronger, more vibrant community where everyone has the opportunity to live their healthiest life, regardless of who they are, where they live, or how much money they earn. Consider the health challenges facing our community:
• 11.8% of households in our state are food insecure (Feeding America)
• 13.7% adults in our state live with a disability (Statistica)
• 19.8% adults in our state are thought to live with mental illness (World Population Review)
• 133 million Americans live with at least one chronic disease, like heart disease, cancer or diabetes (National Institutes of Health)
• 27.3 million Americans do not have health insurance (US Center for Disease Control data)

With the help of our community partners, donors, and supporters, we’re working to create healthier lives and brighter futures. We’re proud to support programs that transform lives.

Health is a vital aspect of our lives that cannot be taken for granted, and each of us has the power to contribute to healthier outcomes for ourselves, our families, and our neighbors. So, let’s Live United and make the Cape Fear Area a healthier place for all.