The Citizens Voice, 6/2/16   United Way approves over $1M in grants for nonprofit programs, including PCHP

The United Way of Wyoming Valley’s board of directors approved 39 grants providing $1,576,500 to 20 local nonprofits.

The organization awarded the grants to programs focused on reducing childhood poverty across the Wyoming Valley along with support for safety net services.

Each project met criteria under one of four impact areas: education, income, health and safety net.

The board of directors approved the funding at its May 26 meeting based on recommendations from United Way community investment committees in each area.

“The community investment we’ve outlined for the next year is important in many ways as it is the next step toward our goal of improving the odds for children and families living in poverty,” said Bill Jones, president and CEO of the United Way of Wyoming Valley. “We are continuing to advance our ‘Poverty to Possibility’ movement by supporting evidence-based programs aimed at helping at-risk children and showing their families pathways to self-sufficiency, along with safety net programs for the most vulnerable in our community.”

Grant winners in the

education area included:

•Catholic Social Services’ Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bridge, $55,000;

•Catholic Social Services truancy intervention and prevention program, $51,214;

•Catholic Youth Center preschool readiness program, $19,500;

•Catholic Youth Center school-age development program, $38,256;

• Child Development Council of NEPA child care and early learning program, $75,000;

• Family Service Association of NEPA parent-child home program, $50,000;

•Jewish Community Alliance, JCC Day Camp, $46,340;

•McGlynn Center after-school program, $55,000;

•Wilkes University’s SHINE program, $80,000;

•Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA early childhood education child care program, $51,440;

•Wilkes Barre Family YMCA out-of-school time programs for youth, $9,750

•Wyoming Valley Children’s Association’s “Together We Grow” preschool program, $115,000.
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