United Way awards special project grants


Staff report



SIDNEY — “The special project grants programs is an important part of our allocation budget and funds short timeframe programming or equipment purchases that impact the community in the areas of Health, Education, or Income,” said Scott Barr, Shelby County United Way director.

A sub-committee of the board reviews the requests and makes recommendations to the board. Support of the United Way campaign allows for many organizations to receive funding that goes beyond the 27 partner agencies. Below are the recipients that were awarded grants in 2015.

2015 grants awarded were:

• City of Sidney Parks and Recreation, $3,500 for the Summer Food Backpack Program.

• First Presbyterian Church, $3,500 for the school year Food Backpack Program, “Munch Bunch.”

• Shelby County Health Department, $3,350 for the Infant Car Seat Program.

• SCUW/Girls Scouts, $2,500 towards the renovation of the Girl Scouts Fairgrounds Building.

• Shelby County Special Olympics, $1,500 for the Special Olympics Track and Field Event.

• Agape Distribution, $3,500 for the purchase of food.

• Midwest Regional ESC, $1,150 for Parent Project training sessions.

• Workforce Partnership, $2,500 for Exploration Academy programming at the Fairgrounds.

• Sidney Cooperative School, $1,700 for a literacy teacher.

• Family and Children First Council, $325 for a community booth at the Fair.

• Eight Local Food Pantries, $4,000 Total ($500 each) for the purchase of food.

• Charity League, $1,125 to purchase coats.

• Shelby County Historical Society, $1,500 for the Pioneer Days curriculum at the Fairgrounds.

• Workforce Partnership, $5,000 towards the expansion of programming.

• Holy Angels Soup Kitchen, $3,500 to purchase food.

• Elizabeth New Life Center, $3,500 to implement “Empowering Moms for the Workforce” curriculum.

Special Project recipients cannot be designated on the pledge card. Contact the SCUW at 492-2101 to learn more about special projects or inquire about eligibility.

After week 2, the campaign has $149,084 pledged. Contact your employer or the Shelby County United Way at 937-492-2101 to support the 2015 Campaign We’re Better Together. The 2015 goal is $1,325,000.

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Staff report