3/25/2016 – 4:13 am
The United Way of Hancock County has approved grants to 25 programs offered by 16 social service agencies in the county. The Courier reports that a total of $1,801,141 was awarded by the United Way and Impact teams comprised of community leaders reviewed grant applications and recommended the distribution of the funds.
The process includes a review of the program results while also looking at the most pressing needs of the community. Since its inception in 1955, the United Way of Hancock County has raised more than $79 million for programs and services.
A complete listing follows;
• Boy Scouts of America, Black Swamp Council, was awarded $47,500 for two programs: a Boy Scouting program which promotes positive youth development; and Exploring, which helps young people explore career opportunities. An additional $5,000 was awarded to assist boys who do not have the financial resources to join Boy Scouts.
• Camp Fire of Northwest Ohio was awarded $60,000 for its Thrive program, a youth development effort. An additional $60,000 has been set aside for Camp Fire as a challenge grant if it meets established recommendations.
• Cancer Patient Services was awarded $130,000 for its Patient Direct Services program, providing medical supplies, nutritional supplements, emotional support and education to cancer patients.
• CASA/GAL of Hancock County was awarded $120,000 to recruit, train and support volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates who represent children who are abused, neglected or dependent or are involved in domestic relations disputes.
• The Center for Safe and Healthy Children was awarded $26,000 for its program for abused children. The program provides a safe place to investigate child abuse allegations and guide these children and their families through the legal and healing process.
• Century Health was awarded $55,000 for its Peer-to-Peer program, which advocates for those struggling with mental illness and addiction recovery.
• Challenged Champions Equestrian Center was awarded $35,000 for its therapeutic riding program for Hancock County residents with special needs and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder through horseback riding and other horse-related activities.
• Children’s Mentoring Connection was awarded $102,000 for its Mentoring Youth at Risk program, which recruits and screens adult volunteers to serve as mentors to children.
• Findlay Family YMCA was awarded $91,000 for two programs: the Open Door Membership program, which makes services accessible to low-income families while still requiring a financial contribution, and the child care program, which provides educational, social and physical development while also assisting low-income families with child care expenses.
• Family Resource Center was awarded $131,490 for three programs: Bright Beginnings, which focuses on early childhood programming; Community Prevention, which focuses on tobacco, substance and alcohol abuse prevention; and Hancock Addiction Prevention Program for Youth (HAPPY), a peer-to-peer prevention program.
• Findlay Hope House for the Homeless was awarded $265,000 for four programs: the Housing Office, providing housing assistance and community referrals to low-income people; Independence Project, which moves homeless families into permanent, affordable housing; Hope House Shelter, providing transitional housing to women and women with children; and Bridges Out of Poverty, which focuses on assisting people in generational poverty to be prosperous.
• Girl Scouts of Western Ohio was awarded $57,000 for a Personal and Professional Development program, which promotes girls’ personal growth and leadership development.
• Hancock County Saves was awarded $25,000 to provide programs to promote and increase savings and debt reduction.
• Community Action Commission was awarded $242,151 for Hancock Area Transportation Services (HATS), a public transportation program taking people to work, health appointments and more.
• Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio was awarded $9,000 for the Patient Direct Services and Education program in Hancock County.
• Open Arms Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Services was awarded $300,000 for three programs: Adult Services, providing immediate shelter for persons fleeing from violence; Child Services, which includes screening for abuse, conducting support groups for children, and providing supervised visits; and Violence Recovery, a program for offenders focused on changing behavior.
In addition, the United Way entered into an agreement to reimburse the American Red Cross up to $40,000 for the year for services related to disaster relief and armed forces communications.
The United Way board has earmarked $125,000 for the Halt Hunger Initiative, which provides funding for local food pantries and programs.
Funds have also been earmarked for the following projects: the workforce coalition’s Raise the Bar-Hancock County director at $30,000; Hancock County pre-kindergarten scholarships at $175,000; and a community assessment at $5,000.
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