United Way of Whitley County Announces 2018-2019 Grant Recipients

United Way of Whitley County is pleased to announce the presentation of $65,000 in community grants to be awarded to local programs and organizations serving residents of Whitley County!

Grant recipients are selected by community members and United Way of Whitley County’s Board of Directors after a comprehensive application and interview process. 13 program applications were submitted, totaling $116,350 in grant requests.

Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Education Impact: TROY School, Passages, Inc., The Center for Whitley County Youth, Churubusco Community Child Care Center, Junior Achievement, & Camp STEAM Ahead

Financial Stability Impact: Mission 25, BABE of Whitley County & Helpline of Whitley County

Community Chest Impact: Northeastern Indiana CASA, The Salvation Army of Whitley County, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, & YWCA Northeast Indiana

Grants were awarded to programs that play a critical role in reaching people in need and providing them with the means to create a better life for themselves. The grants provided are made possible through individual and corporate contributions made through United Way of Whitley County’s annual fundraising campaign.

United Way of Whitley County’s Executive Director, Cindy Baker, said, “These grants will impact the lives of thousands of people in our community. There are significant needs throughout the county and United Way is grateful to work within the community to provide for those needs through the generosity of our gracious donors. It is important for our donors to know they have the ability to make a profound impact on someone’s life through their financial contribution to United Way.”

An additional $17,987 in program investments and designated dollars will also be awarded to local organizations to continue their impact in Whitley County.

Grants will be used for a variety of programs in Whitley County.

From scholarships to staff training, Whitley County will see a great impact from these funds.

In the impact area of Education, The Center for Whitley County Youth is just one of the organizations serving residents that will benefit from grant funds. Their After-School Central (ASC) and After-School SERVE will both utilize funds to continue their programming. ASC provides affordable, safe and supervised after-school education, enrichment, and recreational activities for Whitley County middle school students. SERVE members are high school students that work alongside adult volunteers to coordinate, supervise, plan, implement and develop ASC; it is essentially a hands on leadership and job development program.

Executive Director, Jeff Wike, shares, “…the challenges that young people face today…are immense and widespread. [The Center] is actively working to build and/or restore a sense of belonging, wholeness and hope in the young people that allow us into their lives.”

In the impact area of Financial Stability, BABE of Whitley County is one of 3 organizations that will receive grant funds. Funds for BABE will be used to purchase diapers, wipes, highchairs, mattresses, bottles, and several other infant/toddler related items.

“[Funds] will continue to allow BABE to focus on the well-being and health of the families within the county,” says BABE’s Executive Director, Jacie Stahl.

As one of the 4 organizations to receive grant funds in the impact area of Community Chest, YWCA Northeast Indiana will use their funds for their Domestic Violence programs and services to support their program staff members who are present in Whitley County on a daily basis. YWCA is the only agency providing the full continuum of care and support for victims of domestic violence in Whitley County.

Director of Empowerment for the YWCA, Jennifer Rohlf, says “Domestic violence can put families in crisis and isolate them from outside resources. Our case managers travel to Whitley County to provide individuals with direct support, education on healthy/unhealthy relationships and connect them with services that can help move them from crisis to self sufficiency.

It is clear that there is no limit to how these community grants will benefit residents of Whitley County!

United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Whitley County.  Join the fight!  LIVE UNITED.

About United Way of Whitley County

United Way of Whitley County brings together compassionate people who are committed to improving lives in our community. For 43 years, we have worked to help residents of Whitley County achieve and maintain self-sufficiency by focusing on three key areas of community impact: Education, Financial Stability, and Community Chest (Crisis Response). United Way works with local businesses, human service agencies, schools and governmental institutions to ensure contributions do as much good as possible throughout our community.

Please join us in improving the quality of life in our community by volunteering with United Way programs and other meaningful service opportunities; advocating by telling friends and colleagues about your involvement with United Way; or by giving a financial gift to support community programs that provide a better quality of life for all of us. Great things happen when we LIVE UNITED.

For additional information, to volunteer, or to make a financial contribution to United Way please contact the United Way of Whitley County office at 260-244-6454 or visit https://unitedwaywhitley.org.

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