United Way Services Of Geauga County Donors Invest In Community

The Board of Directors of United Way Services of Geauga County recently approved $752,227 to fund community initiatives in Geauga County for 2016-2017.

“This will be the first year of full Community Impact funding,” states April Siegel-Green, Chairman of United Way’s Board. “We are excited that this new funding model has made us more responsive and accountable to the needs of the community while supporting education, income and health for our most at-risk residents: low-income families, seniors, and individuals with disabilities.”

In education, United Way is focusing on early childhood success by investing $130,000 in programs that help kids be ready to learn when they enter kindergarten and achieve grade-level reading. Also funded were initiatives that provide parenting education so families can function at their highest level.

Investments in income programs totaling $152,843 aim to help families become financially stable. One such program is Bridges@Work, which connects employees to helpful resources and low-interest loans through the Geauga Credit Union. This helps employees overcome many of the barriers that keep them from work, such as legal problems, childcare and transportation.

United Way is investing $219,900 in health programming, focusing on increasing access to health care and substance abuse treatment. Donations that were specifically designated toward other non-profits totaled $38,650.

Through a grant from the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, United Way also provided $165,834 for the Aging and Disability Resource Center, which links seniors and individuals with disabilities to resources for maintaining independence, economic security and health and wellness. $40,000 in funding was provided for 2-1-1, a critical community resource that connects Geauga County residents to information on government, health and social services by dialing 2-1-1 toll-free. The Community Fund Partnership, which is a collaborative effort between United Way, the Salvation Army, local churches, charities and service organizations, was funded at $5,000. It provides emergency financial assistance for such things as utilities, rent/mortgage and home repairs. United Way also provides administrative and staff support to the Geauga Hunger Task Force.

“While our direct funding has provided more focus on strategies that assists with what our community needs, we also provide support and linkage to many other organizations that support Geauga,” says Green. “Our call to action is improving lives.”

For a full listing of United Way funded programs, see www.uwsgc.org.

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