United Way Pledges $2 Million in Community Aid

United Way Pledges $2 Million in Community Aid Click to Enlarge Photo: United Way

Jun 17, 2013 at 10:35 am

ST. CLOUD (KNSI) - The needs of central Minnesota are changing every year, and the United Way is targeting those needs with a new cycle of funding.

After reviewing dozens of applications, the organization has agreed to $2 million worth of new investments in programs related to education and basic needs.

The core goals of the plan are to reduce area homelessness, end hunger, increase financial stability and build life skills in area youth.

Of the $2 million pledged, over $800,000 will be distributed to programs related to "out of school" programs for kids, along with early learning and literacy work. The other roughly 1.2 million will be placed in programs that provide housing, food and financial assistance.

Additionally, the organization says 16 new programs will be funded in this cycle.

The United Way says a key difference in this cycle of funding is the creation of a shelter for homeless youth, which they say has not yet been in place in central Minnesota.

Also on the list - food support in the Foley and Belgrade areas, and parenting programs in Holdingford and Cold Spring.

More than 50 community volunteers reviewed applications for funding using the organization's recently developed "Community Impact Model" in order to strategically identify the most pressing community needs.

The United Way received requests for funding totalling $4 million in this cycle.

In addition to coordinating financial support, the organization also promotes advocacy and volunteerism - to find out how you can serve on one of the organization's community impact panels, visit their website for contact information.

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