Assistance Grant Update

For the past 2 months we have been working with many Sussex County residents who have rent or utility bills they are having trouble paying.  We are proud to say that we were able to help over 30 families.  This opportunity was made possible for us by a grant through a partnership with the United Way, IMA and IMAC.  We are so grateful for what was accomplished through this grant.

Unfortunately, we have exceeded the limits of the grant and will no longer be taking applications for assistance.

Unite Sussex will continue to look for ways to connect people in need with resources that are right for them.  Stay connected to Unite Sussex website and watch for future updates and programs.

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Get Ready! US CAMP Is Coming Soon!

Summer will be here soon and that means our US CAMP will be starting up.  We are so excited about our second year of the camp.  you will be hearing more about this soon, but take a look at this video recap from last year.

Unite Sussex Receives Grant to Assist with Rent & Utilities

Unite Sussex, in partnership with the United Way, IMA, and IMAC, have been given a tremendous opportunity to help the people most in need in Sussex County. A grant has been given to Unite Sussex to assist Sussex Countians with:

Rent and utility bills (gas, oil, electric).

This grant is for those people who have been denied by other agencies and/or have reached their maximum allowed limit with other agencies.  There is a cap on the grant per household.  An application process is required, and not all applications are granted.

For more Information contact our Faith In Crisis Alleviation Coordinator, Annette Monday thru Thursday at 302-732-6550 extension 6.

Interviews are by appointment only after applications are completed.  You can download and print the application HERE or by stopping by the Unite Sussex, located at the Dagsboro Church of God, 32224 Dupont Blvd in Dagsboro, DE 19939.

US Camp Update

The summer is in full swing and US Camp is going great.  Here are a few highlights of what has been happening so far.

  • 95 children from the Frankford and Selbyville are enrolled and attending US Camp at the Frankford Park, more enroll each day.
  • 440 meals were served in the first week!
  • Partnership with the Town of Frankford to promote fitness with the organized phusical activities.
  • Partnership with the Indian River School District to teach the educational activities.
  • Many volunteers from Dagsboro Church of God, Trinity Holiness Church in Frankford, and 25 Students and Leaders from West Mont Christian Academy in Pennsylvania have served at US Camp.  There are also serveral people from the community who are volunteering their time.

Check out these pictures from the first two weeks of camp.

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US Camp

Almost half of the students in Delaware’s Indian River School District are enrolled in the free lunch program.  This year the Indian River School District is not offering summer school in all of their elementary school including Frankford’s John Clayton Elementary School.

We believe some of these children will go without lunch this summer, and Unite Sussex believes that the children will also go without structured educational activities, and structured physical activities.  Summer, we fear, has become the time when children are left unsupervised, under challenged and without proper sustenance.  This is not acceptable to us and we have created a program that addresses these issues for the children in our community.

US CAMP will be the mechanism to distribute lunches to at risk children in our community who otherwise would go without.   Plus, we will provide them with physical and intellectual challenges.  Our first year of US CAMP, will be targeted to a minimum of 60 children living in the Frankford area of Sussex County.

US CAMP will rely heavily on volunteers.  We expect to partner with the faith based community in an effort to match our need and program with the skill and desires of potential volunteers.  Additionally, we will partner with the town of Frankford; we plan to partner with the Indian River School District, the Delaware Food Bank, plus other non-profit and government organizations to make our camps successful and productive.

US CAMP is FREE and as presently planned, will have four components:  1) the serving of a healthy lunch already prepared from the Food Bank; 2) organized physical activities; 3) a mentoring aspect; and 4) tutoring in math, science and reading related to “race to the top” program.  We have strong indications that we can enroll 60+ children from the Indian River School District and operate US CAMP at the Frankford Park, as approved.  All children will be enrolled in the local elementary school from grades 1 to 5.   US CAMP will begin on June 20th, the first full week of summer vacation, and run until August 11th .  It will include the following:

  •    Healthy snack and lunches to be served to each child attending the camp.  This is a crucial portion of our       program.  Each child will be given a snack, and a healthy lunch, including fruit, vegetables, a starch, and        protein.Tutoring in math, science and reading will take place for 45 minutes per day, in both group activities, and       one on one assistance.
  •    Led by local physical education teachers, the children will spend 1 and a ½ hours playing in an organized       group activity, outside, in the town parks of Frankford, as approved.
  •    Transportation for children will be provided to and from the camp as needed.

If you are interested in enrolling a student you can download the registration packet HERE.

If you would like to volunteer to help with US Camp, you can download the volunteer application HERE.

For more information on the US Camp or Unite Sussex please call us at 302.732.6550.

Serving together….

Volunteer Caregivers for Elderly Needed

If you are looking for a great place to make a difference in your community, this is for you.  Faith In Action is looking for volunteer caregivers who would be willing to assist elderly citizens in their neighborhoods through the provision of chore and errand services, friendly visiting, homemaking assistance, telephone reassurance, and, especially, medical and other transportation.

For more details on how to help out, please contact Program Coordinator David Herr at 302-732-3371.

United Way Beach Beautification Project & Awareness Event

Save-The-Date!  United Way of Delaware Supports the Sussex Community!

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for a special Sussex County United Way Beach Beautification Project and Awareness Event:

Saturday, April 30th, 2011
9:00 – 11:00 am

Delaware Seashore State Park
Lewes, DE

Additional details and registration information will be sent by e-mail. Supplies, refreshments, a shuttle to the beach site, and FUN will be provided! For more information, contact UWD’s Michael Shockley at 302-856-7884 or mshockley@uwde.org.