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United Way Grants $303,000 to Local Programs

Board Member Richard Lindgren looks on while CEO Steve Pulliam congratulates El Centro representatives Judy Nebrig and Rodrigo Vargas on United Way funding of programs and collaboratives.

United Way Board Member Tommy Kilgore presents summary information at the June 1 allocations announcement meeting.

Non-profit agency representatives and United Way allocations team volunteers share feedback on the applications process.

United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) announced Friday, June 1, that it will allocate $303,000 of its fiscal 2018-2019 budget to 13 local programs delivered by non-profit agencies serving Transylvania County. Each funded program addresses local issues in the focus areas of health, education, and financial stability.

A team of 25 volunteers reviewed 17 applications and made site visits to assess each program’s potential for measurable impact on the community. The volunteers, working in five groups, also evaluated how well each applicant program aligns with United Way of Transylvania County’s focus areas.

“United Way is run by a board of volunteers, and it’s important that we have other community volunteers join us in representing all of our donors as we select which programs we should invest in. Deciding which programs get funded is a tough job, and we rely on each other’s skills and experiences to make good decisions,” explained Terry Decker, United Way of Transylvania County Board Chair, and this year’s Allocations Team Chair.

This year, United Way gave priority to collaborative programs (two or more agencies working together) and to programs addressing early childhood education. In fact, 80% of the funding went to collaborative programs, and seven of the funded programs have an early childhood education component.

“While these allocations represent our major use of funds, UWTC also funds the NC 2-1-1 information and referral service and for the entire community…and United Way’s TRAIN supports local non-profits through round table meetings, newsletters, meeting space, data management and educational programs for agencies,” said Steve Pulliam, United Way of Transylvania County CEO.

“We’re short of our funding goal for the June 30th fiscal year end...If 75 people can pledge $1000, or if 150 people pledge can $500, we will be in a much better position to do even more. We want to help all of our neighbors plan for a strong, healthy and smart future, rather than just get by,“ said Saunders Grommesh, Resource Development Director for United Way of Transylvania County.

Collaborative programs funded:

Afterschool and Summer Camp STEAM (educational support and enrichment to school children);

Community Playgroups (early education resources to remote and under-served areas of the county);

Transylvania County Natural Play (play space and outdoor exploration family programming);

Connect (resources to families with children at risk of abuse or neglect);

Families & Money (financial literacy and resources for children and adults);

Homelessness Prevention (legal and financial advice to low income clients)

Domestic Violence Prevention (resources to escape and recover)

Single agency programs funded:

Children First (support for children in family crisis situations)

Outreach and Education (intercultural integration)

Family Resource Center (multi-generational early learning support)

Youth Conflict Resolution (interpersonal skills education and support)

Community and Family Mediation (financial stability through negotiation)

Baby Think it Over (teen parenting simulation).

About United Way of Transylvania County

United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) empowers people to improve their lives.  Goals are for all residents to achieve their full academic potential, maintain a financially stable household, and live a healthy lifestyle.

UWTC has a particular focus on early childhood education, and has established the Early Childhood Education Mobile Unit Fund to drive programs to families with young children in remote and underserved areas of the county.

Contributions support local health and human service initiatives including community-wide volunteer opportunity listings, the 2-1-1 information and referral service, TRAIN (Transylvania Resource Access and Information Network) non-profit support, Familywize and Coast2Coast prescription discount cards, the Tiny House Initiative for Brevard, and free state and local tax preparation and filing assistance.

United Way of Transylvania County also awards approximately $300,000 annually to local health and human service non-profit programs and collaborative actions. 

UWTC funds programs preventing homelessness, abuse and neglect, and programs providing housing, adult day care, after-school and summer youth education, health services, financial education and counseling, conflict resolution training, and parenting education and support.

To volunteer or financially support the United Way of Transylvania County, call 828-883-8822, visit the office at 101 W. Jordan Street, #4 (below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard), send US Mail to PO Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712, or visit  or

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