United Way of Licking County announces funding awards

NEWARK – United Way of Licking County is providing just over $1 million in funding to 43 programs through 21 community agencies for 2016-17.

According to a news release, the programs chosen for funding are those that best aligned with the three new priorities: behavioral health; children, youth and families and poverty. The new priorities are the results of the Community Blueprint, a two-year community survey.

The funding begins July 1 and is made possible by the support of people throughout the county.

“We are blessed to live in Licking County where so many contribute to the common good and care about improving the lives of all,” Executive Director Deb Dingus said in the release.

To date, the community has pledged more than $1.7 million, with over $55,000 more designated to other human and health services. The 2015-16 campaign ends June 30.

Funding from the local United Way is awarded through a competitive grant process. To ensure donor dollars are invested where they are most needed and can have the greatest effect, all funding decisions are based on how well programs fit within the United Way’s strategic plan to strengthen the community. All funding decisions are reviewed and approved by the organization’s board of directors.

The following programs were funded.

Behavioral health

Behavioral Health Partners: AOD Outreach and School Intervention programs

Center for Disability Services: Adaptive Socialization Program

Licking County Alcoholism Prevention Program: LAPP

Mental Health America Licking County: Compeer and suicide prevention

Pathways of Central Ohio: Parent Education Center and Center for Prevention Services

The Woodlands: Center for New Beginnings and outpatient department

Children, youth and families

American Red Cross: services to armed forces and blood services

Big Brothers Big Sisters: youth mentoring

Camp O’Bannon

Carol Strawn Center: adult day care

Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland: Leadership Experience

Johnstown United Methodist Church: Freedom School

Licking County Family YMCA: All for One Camp, before and after school, preschool, and summer day camp

Mental Health America Licking County: YES Club, Girls in Progress and Parent Support

Pathways of Central Ohio: professional development

Salvation Army: Day camp and Power For Life

Simon Kenton Council boy Scouts: Traditional Scouting

The Woodlands: Expect Respect


American Red Cross: disaster services

Catholic Social Services: supportive services and transportation services

Center for Visually Impaired

Family Health Services: reproductive health and wellness

Licking County Aging Program: nutrition

Licking County Coalition for Housing: Project Homeline, volunteer tax assistance and transitional housing

Mental Health America Licking County: Bridges Out of Poverty

Pathways of Central Ohio: 211 Crisis Hotline and Info Center

Salvation Army: emergency assistance

St. Vincent de Paul: The Gardens on 6th and St. Vincent Haven

Found in The Newark Advocate June 2, 2016


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