United Way grants to make impact on community need

The United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley has announced the completion of a review of grants to fulfill community needs.

Planning to help 36 area organizations this year, the United Way will institute $395,079 donated by area individuals and groups for Impact Grants and an additional $249,386 in grants from funding by donors of the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign to specific programs locally and outside the area. Agency designations will be distributed separately from the grant program.

Primarily, the United Way tried to fund health and human care needs, said President and CEO Nadine Pottinga. Because of so many requests for aid, she said the organization could not meet all needs of service recipients for the coming year.

Every year, she said, there are more requests than the United Way can supply. This year, requests from 37 organizations totaled $726,511. Donations for grants left $82,046 in requests unfunded.

However, she said the United Way will support the same number of organizations it did last year.

“I think last year it was 36, and it was 36 again this year,” she said.

New to this year’s list of recipients are Highland Food Pantry and Abbacare.

Abbacare will receive a $1,000 grant for updated curriculum for educational classes and a sexual integrity program for pre-teen and teen boys, and Highland will receive $10,000 for reduction of food insecurity among senior citizens in Winchester and Frederick County.

Distribution of the education grants, income grants and health grants will begin on July 1.

Other recipients include Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, the Lord Fairfax Community College Educational Foundation, Fremont Street Nursery, NW Works at FireFly Café & Bakery, Winchester Day Preschool, American Red Cross, Blue Ridge Legal Services, Veterans Community Resources, Faithworks, Help with Housing, Response, Literacy Volunteers-Winchester Area, The Salvation Army, Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter, Adult Care Center, CLEAN Inc., the Council on Alcoholism-Lord Fairfax House, Dental Health Clinic of Northern Shenandoah Valley, Apple Country Headstart, Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, Shenandoah County Free Clinic, Shenandoah Dental Clinic, AIDS Response Effort, Child Safe Center, Concern Hotline, Faith In Action, Healthy Families of Shenandoah County, The Laurel Center and National Alliance on Mental Illness Winchester.

The highest grant of $52,000 will go for academic enrichment and school engagement programs aimed at dropout prevention through the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Shenandoah Valley.

“We’re just so proud to be able to support these programs that are making a huge difference in the lives of the people in our community,” Pottinga said. “The work that’s being done is just incredible.”

The United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley is located at 329 N. Cameron St., Suite 201, Winchester. For more information, call 540-536-1610.

Contact staff writer Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or jkeelor@nvdaily.com