United Way issues $1.5 million in program funding grants

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United Way issues $1.5 million in program funding grants

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 5:04pm -- tim
Completing three year $4.5 million community investment

Vermont Business Magazine United Way of Northwest Vermont has issued its third round of program funding grants to 50 local nonprofit organizations serving Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties, finalizing a three-year funding commitment that collectively totals $4.5 million in community investments.

In May of 2018, United Way’s board of directors unanimously approved the funding cycle, aimed at supporting a portfolio of programs that address five strategic priorities: Advancing Employment, Reducing Substance Use Disorder, Meeting Basic Needs (Housing, Food, Transportation and Health Care), Supporting Families and Promoting Mental Health.

These priorities were determined by an extensive outreach and community engagement process and the funds were raised each year through United Way’s annual community campaign, last year raising nearly $2.5 million.

“I want to express my warm gratitude to all of the people who have contributed to the success of this year’s campaign. I am repeatedly inspired by what it takes to facilitate the funding of 50 non-profit programs and multiple community collaborations to address our community’s toughest challenges, promoting mental health, supporting families, reducing substance use disorder, advancing employment & meeting basic needs (housing, food, transportation & healthcare),” said Donna Austin-Hawley, 2019 Campaign Chair Senior VP & Chief Human Resources Officer at Northfield Savings Bank.

“With over 300 volunteers, the UWNWVT reflects the power of collaboration, importance of philanthropy and solidifies a healthier future for our community.”

United Way is fulfilling these grant commitments despite a recent drop in donations and pledge payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We felt that we needed to put our faith in the community and in our partners given the increased need for services, said Jesse Bridges, CEO of the United Way of Northwest Vermont.”

“At this critical juncture we are making a decision built on the hope that our community donors will rise to the challenge and help our larger community recovery efforts in the year to come.”

Based on recent reporting, United Way’s funded programs serve more than 40,000 people annually in every city and town in its three-county service region. For every dollar raised through the campaign, United Way invests $2.25 back into the community.

Our program grants have supported key community partners across the region for the last three years:

"All of COTS' services, including our family shelters, are made possible through the generous support of our community and through critical funding partnerships, like the United Way of Northwest Vermont," said Rita Markley, COTS Executive Director. "We are stronger and more effective together and through our collaborative efforts, particularly in these challenging times. We are grateful to the United Way for their support of our family shelters, as we all work toward creating a kinder and more just world."

“At the Y, United Way funding allows us to provide nutritious meals to children who might otherwise not get the sustenance that forms the foundation for learning and growing. Having served as one of the volunteers who assess the impact of United Way giving, I know what an honor it is that these community leaders deem the Y worthy of faith, trust, and—yes—money. We are grateful for everything that United Way and its volunteers bring to the community table.” Kyle Dodson, CEO YMCA

For more information including a complete list of funded programs, visit www.unitedwaynwvt.org.

About United Way of Northwest Vermont

United Way of Northwest Vermont (UWNWVT) unites our whole community to solve complex problems and harness the power of people to create a stronger region. We proudly serve Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties of Vermont. United Way convenes advocates, organizations and institutions to address the community's most pressing issues. The problems facing our region are complex; they are issues that no single organization or individual alone can solve – real change is possible when nonprofit, public and private sectors work together. United Way has the networks, partnerships and strategic initiatives to improve the lives of our family, friends and neighbors. For more information or to get involved, visit unitedwaynwvt.org

Source: South Burlington, VT: United Way of Northwest Vermont 6.24.2020