United Way announces more than $500,000 in grants

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Tannersville, Pa. – The United Way of Monroe County has announced that funding for its local health and human services grants is up 10 percent over last year’s figures. A total of 35 programs will be benefiting from a pool of funds that totals $518,537, an increase of $47,223.

The allocation decisions are detailed in the United Way’s 2010-11 Fund Distribution Report, which can be viewed online at  HYPERLINK “http://www.unitedwaymonroe.org” www.unitedwaymonroe.org. This report was made public during the organization’s recent annual meeting at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort.

The document lists grant amounts, outcomes/results and funding rationales for programs that serve needs ranging from preschool education and transitional housing to anger management and home healthcare services. Each program is part of a targeted need area: Helping Children Succeed, Engaging Youth, Promoting Self-Sufficiency, and Meeting Basic Needs.

The breakdown of the grants is as follows: Meeting Basic Needs, $172,710 and 10 programs; Helping Children Succeed, $182,026 and 10 programs; Promoting Self- Sufficiency, $121,030 and nine programs; Engaging Youth, $42,772 and six programs. Twenty-one partner agencies are benefiting from the allocations, which came from money raised in the 2009 campaign.

A diverse group of more than 40 community volunteers were involved in the funding decisions as part of the United Way’s citizen review process. The volunteers served on four different panels representing each targeted need area. Participants attended an orientation at Shawnee Inn in March, made site visits to programs, and were provided with extensive materials to help guide their recommendations.

An additional $10,000 is being distributed to five local youth programs through the United Way’s Youth Allocations. This is double the amount of money awarded last year, for programs that benefit children from preschool age to teens. Students from all of the area high schools were involved in the funding recommendations.

“We thank the many volunteers and United Way staff who served on our allocation panels,” said Curtis Rogers, chair of the Fund Distribution Steering Committee. “Several new volunteers joined a solid number of returning, experienced volunteers this year. “They invested much of their own time and effort so that each dollar contributed to the United Way is used efficiently,” he said.

“We also thank the hundreds of people and businesses that contributed their gifts and their time to our 2009 campaign,” commented United Way of Monroe County Board President John Casella.  “Our emphasis is on funding the greatest community needs and those programs with the most effective outcomes or results, given the monies available. The fund distribution and citizen review process is the foundation of United Way’s value-add to our community and donors,” he explained.

To receive grants, programs had to demonstrate measurable outcomes and achieve results in changing and improving the lives of people in Monroe County. Each program’s impact in meeting a demonstrated health or human service need was also a factor in determining funding.

For example, one outcome in the report under Meeting Basic Needs is that 89,000 meals were delivered to home-bound individuals, with 90 percent of clients reporting sustained or improved health/well-being during the year. Under the Helping Children Succeed category, 90 percent of four-year-old children in the Head Start program showed improvements in all eight domains of learning needed for success in kindergarten.

To obtain a copy of the 2010-11 Fund Distribution Report, go to the publications section of  www.unitedwaymonroe.org or call 570-629-5657.