July 1, 2013 - 20 local nonprofits will receive $460,000 in Community Investment Grants from United Way of Williamson County to support their efforts to provide education, income, health and basic needs programs to Williamson County residents.
Funding for the grant recipients are the result of donations to the Community Investment Fund through UWWC’s annual workplace giving campaign. The selected agencies were among 37 initial applicants requesting more than $1.1 million in funding.
“The agencies that have been selected to receive United Way funding will play a key role in making sure that Williamson County residents have access to opportunities that will improve their life and the lives of their family for generations,” said LeAnn Powers, Chief Professional Officer of United Way of Williamson County. “A good education is essential to getting a good job with health benefits. An income that can meet today’s needs while saving for the future strengthens the foundation of a family. Good health helps children succeed in school and adults excel at work. Remove any one of these building blocks, and the others topple. Build them all up, and the community has a strong foundation for success – for individuals, families and all of Williamson County.”
Agency partners were selected by community volunteers during a six-month review process based on their alignment with United Way of Williamson County’s community impact goals in the areas of education, income, health and ongoing commitment to helping local families meet their basic needs. Volunteers spent more than 500 hours reviewing the grant applications.
“Throughout the process, we heard agency after agency express that they are receiving more and more requests for help,” said Randy Hartford, Manager of Public Affairs at Atmos Energy, and UWWC Board Member. “It’s really hard to say no to so many worthwhile organizations, especially at a time when many organizations are working through the impact of the recent economic downturn and the reduction in state and federal funding.”
The UWWC Board of Directors approves the final selections and allocation amounts each May. Funds available for distribution for the 2013-14 Community Investment Grants are based on pledges collected and received during the 2012-13 campaign year. The 2013-14 workplace campaign, that begins July 2, 2013, is the start of the process of raising funds for 2014-15 grant recipients.