United Way Board Announces Funding for Programs to Help Stabilize Families, End Cycle of Poverty
The United Way of the Big Bend (UWBB) board has approved $1.38 million to fund community programs in Leon County and seven neighboring counties, to help those with the greatest needs, stabilize those in the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population, and reduce the root causes of poverty. The awards will fund seventy-nine priority programs in Leon County and the seven neighboring counties of Gadsden, Jefferson, Wakulla, Madison, Taylor, Liberty, and Franklin.
“In the past year of uncertainty due to the economy, we saw compassion and support soar to new heights and people continued to recognize the United Way as a trusted partner in helping those in need,” said UWBB Board Chairman Rhett Bagwell. “The real heroes in our announcement today are the people of this region who give to the United Way to help their neighbors who desperately need assistance,” he added. “Our collective impact on families, children, and seniors in this region totals more than $3.7 million.”
Bagwell said that all programs receiving funding clearly address the United Way of the Big Bend’s priorities of housing, early learning, safety net, health and mental health, and skills development. In addition, they focus on those living in poverty and the ALICE population to help stabilize families on the edge of poverty.
“This level of community support provides hope for those struggling to make ends meet and is aligned with truly helping to end the cycle of poverty,” added Bagwell. “Our focus on supporting programs that produce measurable outcomes is also a way for current and future donors to see the vast needs and how their contributions change lives in our region,” Bagwell added. The UWBB received funding requests from regional non-profits totaling more than $4.3 million, demonstrating the need for additional financial support for area programs.
Programs being funded are included in the attached list and assist the homeless, low-income seniors, children and families, those who are food-insecure or at risk, and those looking to improve skills to enhance self-sufficiency. It also includes funding for programs addressing health and mental health.
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