Hancock United Way to fund 28 programs

The United Way of Hancock County board of directors has approved grants for 28 programs offered by county social service agencies.
The grants are the funded from the 2013 United Way campaign, which raised more than $3 million.
Volunteer teams reviewed grant applications in the areas of education, income and health, and recommended the distribution of funds. The process included a review of program results, while also looking at the most pressing needs of the community.
Recipients are:
• American Red Cross-Hancock County Chapter, $50,000 for two programs: Disaster Services, providing immediate emergency needs such as shelter, food, clothing and more to those affected by disasters in the community; and Armed Forces Emergency Services, which provides emergency communication support for families of those in the military.
• Boy Scouts of America, Black Swamp Council, $36,000 for the Boy Scouting program and Exploring, which includes preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes and exploring career opportunities.
• Camp Fire of Northwest Ohio, $108,000 for two programs: the Camp Fire Contributes-Self Reliance program which includes teaching young people how to handle themselves in unsafe situations and how to be of service to their community; and the Camp Fire Connects-Outreach program which is meant to build caring, confident youth and future leaders.
• Cancer Patient Services, $115,000 for its patient support program, providing medical supplies, nutritional supplements, emotional support and education to cancer patients.
• CASA/GAL of Hancock County, $120,000 for its advocacy program which recruits, trains and supports volunteer court-appointed special advocates who represent children who are abused, neglected or dependent or are involved in domestic relations disputes.
• Century Health, $48,512 for its peer-to-peer program, a recovery-focused direct service provided by peer support specialists who are trained to advocate and support others struggling with mental illness and addiction recovery.
• Challenged Champions Equestrian Center, $25,000 for its therapeutic riding program for people with special needs, from early childhood to adulthood. The program provides horseback riding and other horse-related activities that promote physical, emotional and mental development.
• Children’s Mentoring Connection, $93,500 for its Mentoring Youth at Risk program, which recruits and screens adult volunteers to serve as mentors to children.
• Findlay Family YMCA, $89,000 for two programs: the Open Door Membership program which makes services accessible to low-income families while still requiring a financial contribution, allowing the family to take ownership and regard themselves as a contributing member of the YMCA and community; and the Child Care program, which provides educational, social and physical development while also assisting low-income families with child care expenses.
• Family Resource Center, $131,490 for three programs: Bright Beginnings, which focuses on early childhood programming; Community Prevention, which focuses on tobacco and alcohol abuse prevention; and Hancock Addiction Prevention Program for Youth, a peer-to-peer prevention program.
• Findlay Hope House for the Homeless, $275,000 for four programs: the housing office, providing housing assistance and community referrals to low-income people; Independence Project, providing six months of rental assistance and case management to homeless families or single adults; Hope House Shelter, providing transitional housing to women and women with children in a nine-bedroom shelter for up to nine months; and Bridges Out of Poverty, a multi-faceted initiative focused on assisting people in generational poverty to be prosperous and communities to remain sustainable.
• Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, $57,000 for the Personal and Professional Development program which promotes girls’ personal growth and leadership development through a series of activities and experiences that help them become socially, morally, emotionally, physically and cognitively competent.
• Hancock County Saves, $30,000 to provide programs to promote and increase saving and debt reduction, to produce financial stability among individuals and families through education and awareness.
• Hancock/Hardin/Wyandot/Putnam Community Action Commission, $254,000 for Hancock Area Transportation Services, a public transportation program taking people to work, health appointments and more.
• Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio, $9,000 for the Patient Direct Services and Education program in Hancock County.
• Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services, $300,000 for three programs: Adult Services, providing immediate shelter for people fleeing from violence; Child Services, which includes screening for abuse, conducting support groups for children, and providing supervised visits; and Violence Recovery, a program for offenders focused on taking responsibility and changing behavior.
• Salvation Army, $65,000 for Comprehensive Emergency Assistance which includes short-term financial assistance and life skills training for families and individuals experiencing short-term emergencies.
Funds distributed from the 2013 fundraising effort totaled $2,101,788, compared to last year’s allocations of $2,055,153.
The amount granted to agency programs and services this year totaled $1,806,502. Investor’s choice dollars, a program in which campaign donors can designate where their donation will go, totaled $216,144. Designations to other United Ways totaled $79,142.
In addition, the United Way has set aside $200,000 for the Halt Hunger Initiative.
United Way of Hancock County also has established a special, temporary reserve amount to address community issues that may arise as a result of a community assessment and strategic planning, which are currently in progress.
Additional funds raised cover pledges that are uncollectible, board reserves, and United Way operating costs.
Individuals interested in serving on a United Way impact team can contact Bev Phillips, community services director, at 419-423-1432 or



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