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United Way awards $13.8M to 76 programs – Democrat & Chronicle – September 13, 2016

United Way awards $13.8M to 76 programs

by: James Goodman

A total of $13.8 million has been awarded by United Way of Greater Rochester to 76 local programs in the organization’s new round of funding.

The funding, announced to the publicTuesday, is expected to help more than 280,000 people. These awards begin a new three-year funding cycle for Monroe County programs.

Similar amounts are expected to be awarded to these programs in each of the next two years.

“We focus on prevention, to help people in need as soon as possible, ” said Michelle Kraft, spokeswoman for United Way.

With this funding, about 265,000 people will have help meeting their basic needs of food and clothing, while 800 families will have in-home parent education so their babies can be born into supportive families.

About 4,700 students will receive after-school learning and enrichment programs, including mentoring.

And about 13,000 senior citizens will get various services, including nutrition education and transportation.

Funds for the first round of this cycle come from the $25.1 million raised during United Way’s recent campaign.

In fall 2015, United Way accepted applications for funding from more than 100 programs. United Way staff and the organization’s Community Investment Cabinet reviewed and accepted those applications that aligned with the organization’s plan for strategic funding.

About five programs are new to United Way funding. They are summer programs for youths.

Some of the recipients of larger grants this year are Catholic Family Center; the Salvation Army of Greater Rochester, Community Place of Greater Rochester, Lifespan and the YMCA of Greater Rochester.

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