UNITED WAY BOARD ANNOUNCES FUNDING
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, and grants, totals more than $3.7 million.”
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.
PROGRAM FUNDING BY COUNTY
Programs being funded by county are included in the reports below. The county funding lists assist the homeless, low-income seniors, 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.