United Way distributes $704K to area agencies

Sonny Long

June 28, 2013 at 1:28 a.m.

The first $1 million fundraising campaign in Victoria County United Way history has put smiles on the faces of executive directors of 16 area nonprofit agencies.

On Thursday, the United Way announced the 2013 allocations and distributed $654,000 to several agencies, according to a news release.

Getting $105,000 of those grant funds is Mid-Coast Family Services.

"United Way dollars are critical to the work we do," said Ginny Stafford, Mid-Coast's chief executive officer.

Stafford said United Way funds will be used in three distinct areas - the women's crisis center, housing for homeless people with disabilities and sexual assault crisis services.

"Just as important as the dollars we receive is the vote of confidence that is symbolized by the allocation," Stafford said.

"United Way representatives know the work we do. They visit our facility; they scour our audit; they review all performance measures. So, when we receive funding, it is truly a stamp of approval for us and the many Victorians we serve."

An additional $50,000 will be distributed by companies to area programs and area United Ways during the year, according to the news release.

A total of $704,000 will benefit area communities. The 16 agencies that received grants will fund 21 programs, according to the news release.

United Way leaders are pleased with the results of the campaign and the grant allocations.

"As we celebrate our first ever $1 million community campaign, I'm particularly impressed with the human spirit of Victorians and our ability to solve problems and care for one another," said Jennifer Yancey, chairwoman of the United Way community investment committee.

"These grants allow us to strengthen the building blocks for a good life - a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement and good health."

The 2012-13 campaign raised a record $1,016,516. Geri Schroeder served as campaign chairwoman.

"Thirty volunteers spent an estimated 300 hours visiting agency programs, reviewing grant proposals and deliberating grant recommendations," said Clifford Grimes, executive director of the Victoria County United Way.

"We are indebted to them for the time they have given to review proposals and manage a funding process that agencies and donors depend upon to be fair, transparent and accountable. Literally thousands of individuals will benefit from their thoughtful deliberations."

In 2012, Victoria County United Way celebrated its 65th year of service to the community.



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