United Way of Whitley County Announces 2016 – 2017 Grant Recipients

United Way of Whitley County announces it has awarded $85,450 in community grants to local programs and organizations serving residents of Whitley County.  The grants provided are the result of individual and corporate contributions made through United Way’s 2015 annual fundraising campaign.  Because of the generosity of hundreds of people throughout Whitley County, United Way was capable of awarding grants 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.

United Way’s volunteer board of directors, along with other community members, selected the grant recipients after a comprehensive application and interview process that began with 16 program applications totaling $168,300 in grant requests. Ultimately, programs and funding amounts were selected based on a series of factors designed to ensure the greatest return on investment for donors who support the community through their United Way contributions.

United Way awards grants to programs and organizations with a focus on three main impact areas: Education, Financial Stability, and Community Chest (Crisis Response).  Of these impact areas, education related programs that augment the work of the schools and enrich student learning received $61,450, with the area of community chest receiving $14,000, and financial stability $10,000.  United Way grant funds will support thirteen programs that reach approximately eight thousand residents throughout Whitley County in the coming year; equal to twenty five percent of the county population. “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,”  Executive Director Cindy Baker said.

In addition to grant funding, United Way will also distribute donor designated contributions to area nonprofits in the amount of $16,848 for a total of $102,298 in community investments.

2016-2017 United Way grants were awarded to the following organizations and programs serving residents of Whitley County:

One Community, Inc., Camp Invention, Kindergarten Countdown, Junior Achievement, Gradway-Whitko High School, Passages, Inc., TROY Center Alternative School, Churubusco Childcare Center, The Center for Whitley County Youth, BABE of Whitley County, Cancer Services of NE Indiana, NE Indiana CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), YWCA Domestic Violence Services, and Children First Center.

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 make a financial contribution to United Way please contact Cindy Baker, Executive Director, 260 – 244-6454 or visit https://unitedwaywhitley.org



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