Lenawee United Way announces funded programs for 2015-18

LenUnitedWay_logo_color_wo_vcLenawee United Way has announced nine community programs that the organization has committed to help fund for the next three years. The grants were approved Tuesday by the Lenawee United Way board of directors, and all are connected to at least one of the organization’s goals, which are to improve health, education and financial stability for residents of Lenawee County.

United Way has committed to three years of funding for the following programs:

Funding will be distributed on Aug. 1 and help support the selected programs until July 2018, according to a news release.

These programs were selected from 15 applicants based on program proposals, the agency’s past success, history of collaboration in the community, organizational structure and the degree to which the proposed program aligned with Lenawee United Way goals. Those goals are —

  • Education: Cut the number of high school dropouts in half by increasing the number of children entering kindergarten ready to learn.
  • Financial stability: Increase the number of lower-income families who are financiallystable by reducing the number of residents who spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing.
  • Health: Reduce the obesity rate of Lenawee residents by increasing thenumber of Lenawee residents who eat 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day and increasing the number of residents who engage in physical activity.

The Community Impact Grants awarded to the Adrian Community PreSchool, the LISD and the YMCA will improve kindergarten readiness, particularly for low-income children. Specifically, the funded programs will provide structured play groups and enrich childcare and parental support.

The Community Impact Grants provided to the Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee and the HOPE Community Center aim to reduce the obesity rate of Lenawee residents, particularly low-income students and individuals with disabilities. The funded programs will provide access to nutritious food, regular physical activity and educational health programming.

The Community Impact Grants awarded to the Community Action Agency, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Michigan and Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee County will improve the financial stability of Lenawee residents, particularly low-income families. The programs funded will provide evidence-based financial education, credit counseling and case management. The agencies who received grants will also collaborate with financial institutions and community service agencies to provide program participants with basic financial products, services and support.

The mission of Lenawee United Way is to mobilize community resources to create a measurably better life for the people of Lenawee County. Visit lenaweeunitedway.org for more information.