United Way invests more than $470,000M in 20 local programs

GENESEE COUNTY — United Way of Genesee County has granted $474,000 to more than 20 programs working within the areas of Education, Health, Financial Stability and Basic Needs, according to a press release. This funding is in addition to the more than $1.7 million for 33 local programs announced in April 2014.

“Investment decisions are a volunteer-driven process,” stated James Gaskin, CEO of the United Way of Genesee County. “Our Community Impact Cabinet and Board of Directors have chosen to invest in programs essential to providing necessary services to help individuals, families and neighborhoods throughout our community.”

Organizations receiving investments are: American Red Cross (Disaster Services); Bendle Public Schools (Project Hope); Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint (Community Based Mentoring); Boy Scouts of America – Water & Woods Field Service Council (Urban Scouting); Family Service Agency of Mid-Michigan (In-Home Elder Care, Visually Impaired Center, & Representative Payee); First Presbyterian Church (Bridge to Healthy Access); Flint Diaper Bank (Diaper Program); Genesee County Youth Corporation (REACH & Traverse Place); Genesee Intermediate School District (SKIP); Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (Be a Friend First); Kettering University (Robotics Team); My Brother’s Keeper (In Safe Hands); Salvation Army of Genesee County (Comprehensive Emergency Assistance); Shelter of Flint (Emergency Shelter & Transitional Living); Valley Area Agency on Aging ( Keeping Independent Seniors Safe); Weiss Advocacy Center (Court Appointed Special Advocate); and, YWCA of Greater Flint (Safe House and Nina’s Place).

The United Way is able to provide these funds due to the success of its 2013 Annual Campaign that included more than 300 companies and 8,300 individual investors. In addition to the more than $2.1 million in grant funds, UWGC will distribute nearly $1 million to special projects and donor-designated contributions.

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