Question: What happens when 1,550 donors, over 40 companies, dozens of community partners, scores of volunteers and United Way get together?
Answer: In Allegany County, what happens is almost unbelievable. A total of $188,950 was provided to 24 different programs serving people of all ages in every corner of Allegany County. This community investment will help nearly 14,560 people improve their lives (that’s one of every three county residents).
Programs that receive United Way funding provide food for the hungry, mentors for youth, skills training to help people get jobs and achieve financial independence, programs that encourage seniors to stay active and healthy, as well as many other services our neighbors need.
Allegany County United Way (ACUW) announced this year’s grants to local organizations at a meeting at the Crossroads Center in Belmont which was attended by grant recipients, members of ACUW Impact Councils, ACUW Board members, and workplace campaign coordinators.
Grants were awarded in four areas.
(Providing people of all ages with the structural opportunities that result in economic self-sufficiency): $55,000
- Career Pathways (Literacy West)
- JobLink-Allegany (Southern Tier Library System)
- High School Equivalency Preparation (Southern Tier Traveling Teachers)
- Free Income Tax Preparation and Financial Literacy (Allegany County United Way)
Education (Providing people of all ages with the tools and structures necessary to succeed): $33,444
- Whitesville Big Brother/Big Sister Program (Family Service Society)
- After School Program (Fillmore Power House)
- Summer Literacy Program (Wellsville Salvation Army)
- Success by Six (Allegany County United Way)
- Youth Court (Allegany Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse)
- Point Break (Southern Tier Youth for Christ)
(Providing people of all ages the opportunities to live healthy, secure, independent, and meaningful lives): $40,000
- Allegany County Association for the Blind
- Youth Compeer (Allegany County Mental Health Association)
- Lifeline (Allegany Senior Foundation)
- Growing Stronger (Allegany Western Steuben Rural Health Network)
- Suicide Prevention Coalition (Allegany Western Steuben Rural Health Network)
- Summer Bicycle Program (Cuba Cultural Center)
(Helping to meet short-term but critical needs such as food, shelter, disaster relief, and critical illness): $57,500
- 2-1-1 Helpline (Institute for Human Services)
- Food Pantry (Accord Corporation)
- Wellsville Emergency Food Pantry (Catholic Charities)
- Emergency Food Pantry (Wellsville Salvation Army)
- End of Life Care (HomeCare & Hospice)
- Disaster Response (Southwestern New York Chapter American Red Cross)
- Services to Armed Forces (Southwestern New York Chapter American Red Cross)
- Emergency Shelter & Clothing Assistance (Wellsville Salvation Army)
"We marvel at the magnitude of what can be accomplished when generous people and effective human service programs work together." commented Barb Bates, Executive Director of Allegany County United Way.