United Way awards grants

SIDNEY — The Shelby County United Way has announced six Special Project grant applications were approved during the past quarter.

Agape Distribution was awarded $3,500 to assist with the food pantry. The company serves over 7,500 unduplicated residents each year and provide over 2.2 million pounds of food to the community.

Charity League was awarded $3,200 for the purchase of new clothes for local students. Students are referred by school districts and local human service organizations.

The Sidney Shelby County Bicentennial Committee was awarded $2,500 for the Wilson-Lenox Third Grade Experience. Students will experience history through hands-on activities in 15 minute sessions and tour the Wilson-Lenox house.

The Shelby County Workforce was awarded $3,500 for the Career Exploration Academy. The annual event has middle school and high school students from all participating local school districts experience hands-on activities in 40 different local careers provided by 25 workforce partners.

The West Ohio Food Bank was awarded $10,820 to upgrade computers and monitors. The food bank supports an 11-county region, of which Shelby County is the furthest south. Many local food pantries in Shelby County utilize the West Ohio Food Bank for food.

The Lake Loramie Improvement Association was awarded $15,000 for an A.D.A. compliant family glider and concrete work as they complete phase 2 of bringing adaptive swings and picnic tables to Lake Loramie State Park.

Phase 1 was completed last year with the installation of a board safe adaptive launch.

The United Way awards grants throughout the year through the Special Project, Student United Way, and POWER grant programs.

To learn more about the Shelby County United Way or the different grant programs, please visit www.shelbycountyunitedway.org or contact President Scott Barr, at 492-2101 or sbarr@shelbycountyunitedway.org.