Laurens County United Way Grants $287,000

United Way of Laurens County (UWLC) yesterday announced the 2014-2015 Community Impact Funding Awards.  Funds are awarded to programs in the areas of emergency services, education, financial stability, and health.  Thirty-two programs were selected for funding this year.

“The Community Investment Process is incredibly streamlined,” stated Jim Firmin, 2013-2014 UWLC Board Chairman.  “The volunteer board members have hearings with the agencies, access the needs presented for funding, and make decisions that will allow the Community Impact funding to address those needs.”

Emergency Services $82,500 – 8 programs, serving all of Laurens County, are being funded for emergency services:  The Criminal Domestic Violence Shelter and Awareness Program (SAFE Home of Laurens County) $30,000; Homeless Shelter and Rehabilitation Program (Open Door Christian Center) $10,000; Financial Assistance for Utilities (United Ministries of Clinton and Salvation Army of Greenwood) $9,500; Free Food Assistance (United Ministries of Clinton and God’s Pantry) $9,500; The Child’s Place (Beyond Abuse) $8,000;  Home for Abandoned/Neglected Children (Bowers-Rodgers Home for Children) $8,000; Sexual Trauma Counseling and Services (Beyond Abuse) $5,000;  Fire Disaster Relief (American Red Cross) $2,500.

Education Focused Programs $57,800 – awards have been granted for 10 education focused programs:  Imagination Library (Dollywood Foundation) $21,000; Jobs for America’s Graduates (Laurens County School District 56) $7,000; Plato Education Program (AMI Kids Piedmont) $5,000; Scouting Leadership Youth Development (Boy Scouts) $5,000;  Countdown to Kindergarten (First Steps of Laurens County) $4,800; C.H.A.M.P.S. (Presbyterian College) $4,000; Scouting Leadership and Literacy Program (Girl Scouts) $3,000; Literacy Advancement  for the Disabled (Laurens County Disabilities and Special Needs Board) $3,000; Adult Basic Education (Laurens County Literacy Council) $3,000; Born Learning (United Way) $2,000.

Financial Stability Focused Programs $40,000 – 5 programs will be funded under the income initiative: Day Care and Afterschool Care Scholarships (Laurens YMCA) $20,000; After School Care Scholarships (Clinton YMCA) $7,000; Transportation Assistance (Senior Options) $8,000; AmeriCorps Financial Stability Programs (Benefit Bank, Money Smart, etc. with United Way) $3,500; Child Care Provider Training and Development (First Steps of Laurens County) $1,000; Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA with United Way) $500.

Health Focused Programs $106,700 – grants were awarded to 9 programs focusing on healthy lifestyles:  Pharmaceutical and Diabetic Supplies (Good Shepherd Medical Clinic) $30,700; Medication Assurance Program (Laurens Memorial Home for the Aged) $20,000; Meals on Wheels (Senior Options) $12,000; Patient Charity Care with Hospice Services (Hospice of Laurens County) $12,000; Adult Day Healthcare (Senior Options) $8,000; Wellness Awareness for the Disabled (Laurens County Disabilities and Special Needs Board) $7,500; Services for the Sight Impaired (Bell Federation of the Blind) $7,000;  Family Health Enhancement Program (Clinton YMCA) $6,000; Snack Pack Program (United Ministries of Clinton) $3,500.

The grant process for United Way of Laurens County is held from January – March each year.  Applying organizations must submit new applications each year, and present programmatic outcomes.  Funding is zero-based each year, and is not guaranteed.