Lenawee United Way board members met Jan. 19 and established funding priorities for 15 programs. The funding cycle will begin in April and continue through July 2012.
Priority issues identified in the agency’s community investment process includes basic needs, financial stability and health.
Last month, 26 volunteers representing a cross-section of the community reviewed 25 proposals from 22 county agencies.
The following proposals were approved for funding:
• Adrian Medical Clinic (Family Medical Center) $35,000;
• Childcare (Adrian Community Preschool) $20,000;
• Children’s Advocacy Program (Family Counseling & Children’s Services), $50,000;
• Citizenship and Community Life (HOPE Community Center), $35,000;
• Club-based Mentoring (Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee), $17,000;
• Complete Approach to Self-sufficiency (Community Action Agency), $45,000;
• Counseling Voucher Program (Catholic Charities/Family Counseling & Children’s Services), $45,000;
• Daily Distributions (Associated Charities), $45,000;
• Family Support Program (Child Care Network), $20,000;
• Homeless to Home Ownership (Habitat for Humanity), $20,000;
• Housing First (Lenawee Emergency & Affordable Housing Corporation), $50,000;
• Lenawee Dental Clinic (Family Medical Center), $45,000;
• Legal Advice and Representation (Legal Services of South Central Michigan), $25,000;
• Workers on Wheels (Goodwill Industries), $30,000;
• Youth Start (Goodwill Industries), $18,000.
In 2002 United Way of America encouraged local United Ways to approach funding through “community investment.” It called upon United Way agencies to focus on specific community-minded issues and to work with nonprofit groups to reach measurable goals.
In 2007, the Lenawee United Way board of directors voted and approved a community investment model for Lenawee County. This model invests in agencies and programs that show marked improvement and measurable results over time, with specific goals linked to priority areas.
Community investment is described as engagement and participation, with a focus on critical human service needs in the community among the economically disadvantaged. Using this model allows donor dollars to have a greater impact on the recipients and gives donors the opportunity to do more with their contributions.
The Lenawee United Way fund-raising campaign continues through the next few months with final totals to be announced in June at the annual meeting.
The mission of Lenawee United Way is to mobilize community resources to create a measurably better life for the people of Lenawee County.
For more information, contact Lenawee United Way at 517/263-4696 or visit www.lenaweeunitedway.org.