United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area serves the residents of the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Nelson and Louisa Counties.
A few facts:
City of Charlottesville
- In Charlottesville, 2,069 families (29.1%/one out of every three) do not make enough money to pay for both the bare essentials and the added costs associated with working--childcare and transportation. (Orange Dot Project, 2011)
- In Charlottesville, 21% of Children under 18 live in poverty. (United States Census Small Area Poverty Estimator)
- According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 16% of adults in the City of Charlottesville are uninsured.
- The ratio of students approved for free/reduced meals has significantly increased in Charlottesville since 2000. (Stepping Stones Report)
- Less than half of local child care centers/preschools participate in the Virginia Star Quality Initiative, the statewide standard for quality of care (Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, CYFS).
- In six Charlottesville neighborhoods, over 20% of adults (over age 25) have no high school diploma; in one neighborhood, 47% of adults have no diploma (Orange Dot Project).
- Charlottesville has an extremely high infant mortality rate, at 9.4 deaths per 1,000 children under age one and has a high rate of low birth-weight babies (KidsCount Virginia).
- The ratio of students approved for free/reduced meals has significantly increased in Albemarle County since 2000. (Stepping Stones Report)
- The percentage of pregnant females that receive prenatal care in the first trimester has significantly decreased in Albemarle County since 2000.
- The percentage of low weight births has significantly increased in Albemarle County since 2001.
- 10% of Albemarle County children live in poverty. (KidsCount data)
- 25‐34 year‐olds who dropped out of high school are more than 3 times as likely to receive public assistance. (National Institute for Literacy)
- Child care costs average $8,000-11,000 annually per child; for low-income families this can represent 40% or more of family gross income (United Way; ReadyKids; local social service departments).
- Fluvanna had a 90.6% on-time high school graduation rate in 2010 (KidsCount Data Book)
- Nearly 25% of children qualified for free or reduced price school lunches.
- In 2010, 9.2% of children in Fluvanna County were living in poverty.
- Ten percent of all children under the age of 19 did not have health insurance.
- 23% of expectant mothers did not receive prenatal care in the first trimester.
- In 2010, 13.3% of Greene County children lived in poverty. (KidsCount Data Center)
- 24.3% of expectant mothers in Greene County did not receive prenatal care in the first trimester. (KidsCount Data Center)
- 10.5% of children under 19 lacked health insurance. (KidsCount Data Center)
- 2,923 individuals participated in the SNAP program (food stamps) in 2010 out of a total population of 18,660. (KidsCount Data Center)
- The poverty rate is 9.7% in Louisa County.
- 44.3% of school children receive free or reduced lunches
- The Community Cupboard provides monthly allotments of food to income-eligible residents of Louisa County. From November 2009 to November 2011 the number of families served grew from 633 per month to 875 per month, a 38% increase.
- 78.5% of expectant mothers receive prenatal care (source: Virginia Department of Health, Division of Health Statistics)
- 16.5% of the population of Louisa does not have health insurance. (US Census)
- 20.5% of the population does not have a high school diploma or GED (US Census)
- There were 2446 households in Louisa participating in SNAP (Food stamps) in 2010
- Overall on-time graduation in Nelson County remains around 80%, which is lower than overall on-time graduation of Virginia students (85%)
- The Median Household Income (MHI) in Nelson County was approximately $45,000 in 2009
- Approximately 13% of Nelson County residents were below the 2009 poverty level. This is higher than the Virginia overall percentage (10%) and lower than the U.S. overall percentage (15%)
- 20% of children in Nelson County were below the 2010 poverty level
- Slightly less than 50% of Nelson students were enrolled in free or reduced lunch in 2010-2011, which was an increase from around 40% in 2005
- The number of households receiving food stamps has increased by 141% since 2001 (from 400 families enrolled to 1,000 families)
- There are approximately 1,958 residents in Nelson County with a disability. This breaks down to 15.6% of residents ages 0-14 and 37% of residents ages 16-64
- The estimated percentage of uninsured adults aged 18-64 in Nelson County was approximately 20% in 2009
- In the 2010-2011 school year, over 45% of 5th graders and 10th graders were considered overweight or obese
- According to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, about 26.1% of adults in Nelson County are obese