United Way allocates funds for local programs

Staff report

SIDNEY — The Shelby County United Way recently completed the annual partner agency allocation process in March.

According to Executive Director Scott Barr, six allocations teams consisting of board members and company and community volunteers conducted agency reviews.

The teams were comprised of the following Impact Areas: Enriching the Lives of Seniors, Investing in Youth & Children, Promoting Health & Well Being, Caring for People in Crisis, Strengthening Families & Individuals, and Community-Wide Initiatives.

“The allocation process provides accountability and ensures the community’s dollars are impacting Shelby County’s greatest needs,” said Barr. “The time and professional skills our 20 members of the Board of Trustees and five community volunteers provided are greatly appreciated.”

This year’s community volunteers were Joe Labor, formerly of TAM FM; Connie Barhorst, Air Handling Equipment; Mickey Hamer, Cargill; Doug Borchers, Superior Aluminum; Doug Barhorst, Detailed Machining; Tom Martin, Sidney Body Carstar; Pam Cox, Plygem; Julia Frantz, Elizabeth New Life Center-Sidney; Lisa Benanzer, Pioneer; Lauren Lee, Freshway Foods; Cameron Haller, city of Sidney Fire Department; Randy Rose, retired Emerson Climate Technologies; Josh Ross, Ruese Insurance Agency; and Shelly Ginter; United Tool and Machine.

The Board of Trustees approved the recommended agency allocations during their April Board Meeting, totalling $1,052,800. The agencies receiving awards were:

• IMPACT Program: $26,000

• Afterschool Program at Salvation Army: $45,000

• Salvation Army Bridging the Gap: $7,500

• CASA/GAL: $10,000

• SafeHaven: $18,000

• Clear Creek Farms: $60,000

• Compassionate Care: $75,000

• Victim Services: $20,000

• Samaritan Works: $45,000

• Emergency Housing & Utilities: $18,000

• Day Break Adult Day Services: $24,000

• Alpha Community Center: $47,500

• American Red Cross: $20,000

• Big Brothers Big Sisters: $65,000

• Catholic Social Services Counseling Program: $28,000

• Imagination Library: $20,000

• Miami Valley Council Boy Scouts: $30,000

• New Choices: $50,000

• Rehabilitation Center: $27,000

• Salvation Army food bank: $5,000

• Senior Center Sidney/Shelby County: $53,000

• Shelby County ESC Opportunity School: $18,000

• Shelby County ARC: $31,000

• Sidney/Shelby County YMCA Childcare: $93,000

• Senior Health Service – Catholic Social Services Senior Health Program: $33,000

• Wilma Valentine CLC: $85,500

• Sidney Alternative School: $25,000

• Special Project Grants: $59,300

• Character Playbook: $6,000

•211: $6,000

Staff report