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County charities benefit from United Way funding allocations

United Way Hastings & Prince Edward’s board of directors has finalized its funding decisions supporting support 75 local programs.

The 2017 campaign raised $1.8 million – about $105,000 short of its $1.97 million goal. Over the past 60 years in the area, United Way has distributed more than $42 million in funding to local agencies along with volunteer hours and in-kind contributions.

“These programs are essential in providing health and social services which touch the lives of one in three people here in our community,” said Dustin Boyer, member of the allocation committee.

Each year United Way HPE works with a team of community-minded volunteers to assess local need and review applications for funding. Each application submits to a full review and must follow strict guidelines to prove the programs and services fall under one of three United Way pillars: From Poverty to Possibility, All That Kids Can Be and Strong Communities.

“We go through an intense approval process vetting each application for funding based on high standards of community impact,” said Boyer. “We are serious about our responsibility to United Way donors. Through this process, we can best steward the donations from the community, ensuring that dollars are invested in agencies and services that help people build successful, self-sustaining lives. For us as volunteers, it means that the money raised by our local community is helping people here at home.”

The allocations are an important part of United Way’s annual process, said Kathy Murphy, United Way HPE Executive Director.

“After an intense campaign, we work with the community to assess the needs. This is when your donations start to create impact, addressing some very high needs in our community right here at home. We could not do it without the volunteer allocation committee members and our important member agencies. We are always encouraging volunteers to join us in improving lives locally, and with United Way HPE at 60 years, we realize we have many, many people to thank and recognize.”

Under the area of ‘Poverty to Possibility’, programs are available to provide access to critical social services that support people’s basic needs: food, shelter, affordable housing, and employment. Programs serving Prince Edward County include:
– Canadian Hearing Society’s general support services.
– Canadian Mental Health Association’s homelessness program
– Community Development Council of Quinte’s community gardens and kitchens and Good Baby and Food Box programs
– Deseronto Transit
– Prince Edward Learning Centre’s Community Connect program

Under ‘All That Kids Can Be’ programs are designed to ensure vulnerable children and youth are valued and supported, with opportunities and resources to help them reach their full potential. Programs serving Prince Edward County include:
– Big Brothers Big Sisters’ one-to-one mentoring program and the in-school mentoring program.
– Community Living Belleville and Area’s Families First program.
– Children’s Mental Health Services’ Triple P Positive Parenting Porgram
– Community Organized Support and Prevent self-esteem enhancement development (SEED) and Youth reach
– John Howard Society of Belleville’s Quantum Program
– Navy League of Canada, Belleville Branch RCSCC Quinte-Belleville Sea Cadets
– The Recreation Outreach Centre’s programs and groups for youth
– Volunteer Information Quinte’s community and youth initiative

In the ‘Healthy People, Strong Communities’ pillar, work addresses health and social issues, helping vulnerable people overcome barriers to inclusion, build resilience, reduce isolation and to engage in our community. Programs serving Prince Edward County include:
– Alternatives for Women’s rural women’s support network
– Brain Injury Association of Quinte’s social recreation program
– CNIB vision rehabilitation services
– Quinte Access transportation’s after-hours specialized service
– Volunteer Information Quinte’s volunteer recruitment and referral

All not-for-profit, charitable organizations throughout Hastings and Prince Edward Counties are eligible to apply for funding for programs addressing one of United Way’s three pillars,
and by agreeing to provide regular updates on their program’s impacts.

In addition to allocating funds for agencies throughout Hastings & Prince Edward Counties, United Way HPE also funds United Way led community programs. These include the 211 assistance phone line, Day of Caring, the Poverty Challenge, and community development initiatives. For more, visit the website at unitedwayhpe.ca

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