Editor’s note: The 2018 United Way campaign is underway. Each week, the Sidney Daily News will profile an aspect of the local agency.
SIDNEY — The Shelby County United Way Board of Directors and community leaders combined, make up the allocations committees and are tasked with determining funding levels to different organizations and initiatives. The same is true for the Special Projects Committee, POWER’s Grant Committee, and Student United Way. Over 40 organizations and programs were funded in 2017. Some are non-profit organizations, the library, and government entities such as the health department Juvenile Court, Shelby County Sheriff and Sidney Police. Ten were faith-based organizations and received over $391,000 to help fulfill their mission or programming.
The following is a list of the organizations and their funded programs: YMCA for the Child Development Center; Salvation Army for the after school program and bridging the gap; Alpha Community Center for all operations including the soup kitchen and pantry; Agape Distribution for the purchase of food; Catholic Social Services for counseling and senior programming; Compassionate Care to fund the free health clinic; Samaritan Works for the operation of their sober living homes; 1st Presbyterian Church Sidney for the Munch Bunch weekend backpack program; Maplewood United Methodist Church in collaboration with 5 other churches in the Jackson Center area to help fund their weekend backpack program; and Elizabeth New Life Center for Earn While You Learn and Helping Mothers Make Healthy Choices curriculum.
The Shelby County United Way is a local 501c3 non-profit organization. Monies raised in the annual campaign are invested locally under the leadership and direction of a local volunteer Board of Directors and Community Allocation volunteers. The Shelby County United Way is highly rated from Charity Navigator.
Through the sixth week, the campaign totals are $420,063. Donors can make payroll contributions with participating employers or make a one time or reoccurring donation by visiting www.shelbycountyunitedway.org or text SHELBY to 40403. Checks can be made payable to Shelby County United Way and mailed P.O. Box 751, Sidney.