UWTC Announces Funding for Local Programs

ABOVE: (l-r)  Tony Meachum, Shelia Norman and other non-profit agency representatives check terms in the statements of agreement distributed during United Way of Transylvania County’s allocations meeting.

ABOVE: (l-r) Rick Pangle, Larry Clayton and other non-profit agency representatives look through grant documents during United Way of Transylvania County’s funding announcement meeting.

United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) announced Thursday, June 1, that it will allocate $242,338 of its fiscal 2017-2018 budget to 15 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.

Local United Way volunteers base funding decisions on program reviews and site visits. Other criteria include how well the program aligns with community needs and how it fits with UWTC’s focus areas. United Way gives priority to programs using collaboration to increase the efficient use of resources and positive measurable outcomes.

“Our board and other volunteers dedicate many hours carefully reviewing the funding requests sent to United Way of Transylvania County. It’s always a tough job to determine which programs get funded. It was a serious challenge this year, because every application we received was for a great program,” explained Tommy Kilgore, Allocations Committee Chair for UWTC.

“This year we had the highest gap we’ve ever had between requests and funds available for program allocations,” commented Steve Pulliam, CEO for UWTC.

“Of course, allocating funds to individual and collaborative programs is only a portion of what UWTC does. UWTC also funds other services all year long, such as 2-1-1, VolunteerTransylvania.org, TransylvaniaResources.com for the entire community, and Non-Profit development efforts such as round table meetings, newsletters, meeting space, data management and educational programs for agencies,” added Pulliam.

“We haven’t met our June 30th fiscal year funding goal, but we are optimistic. We need about $11,000 in pledges before the end of June to take full advantage of a match funding pool. That would really help meet our goal,” continued Pulliam.

Collaborative programs funded include Afterschool and Summer Educational Enrichment by a collaboration of Neighbors in Ministry and Boys and Girls Club; Sexual, Physical and Verbal Abuse Prevention by a collaboration of SAFE and Neighbors in Ministry; Families & Money by a collaboration of OnTrack WNC and Western Carolina Community Action; Domestic Violence Prevention by a collaboration of Pisgah Legal Services and Safe; Connect by a collaboration of The Family Place, The Children’s Center, Transylvania County Schools,  and Transylvania County Departments of Health and Social Services; and Transylvania Youth Activities by a collaboration of the Transylvania Youth Association and the Transylvania Youth Council.

Funded programs managed by a single agency include Community Outreach and Education by El Centro; Best Interest of the Child by The Family Place; Transylvania Adult Day Services by Care Partners; Homelessness Prevention by Pisgah Legal Services; Youth Conflict Resolution by The Mediation Center; Geriatric Care Management by Care Partners; Baby Think it Over by The Children’s Center; Family Resource Center by The Family Place; and Community & Family Mediation by the Mediation Center.

About United Way

United Way of Transylvania County’s fiscal year 2016-2017 campaign goal is $510,000. Campaign contributions support local health and human service initiatives including www.VolunteerTransylvania.org 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  MyFreeTaxes.com 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.

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

UWTC funds programs preventing homelessness, abuse and neglect, and programs providing housing, adult day care, after-school and summer youth programs, health services, financial education and counseling, youth 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 www.unitedwaytransylvania.org  or https://www.facebook.com/UnitedwayTC.

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