St. Croix Valley United Way distributes fundsThe United Way St. Croix Valley Board of Directors recently approved the distribution of funds raised through the 2011-2012 annual fundraising campaign.
The United Way St. Croix Valley Board of Directors recently approved the distribution of funds raised through the 2011-2012 annual fundraising campaign. “Once again our loyal generous donors made it possible for United Way to continue its support for communities in western Wisconsin,” said Executive Director John Coughlin. “Funding is going to support important programs and services in Pierce, Polk and St. Croix Counties,” he continued.
In addition to providing funds to non-profit agencies, United Way continues to focus on its three core initiatives: United Way’s Food Resource Center, Success By 6 and Shelter for All. United Way St. Croix Valley Board President Warren Schneider said, “During these still difficult economic times, our top priority has been helping people meet their basic needs for food and shelter.”
United Way St. Croix Valley awarded $624,902 in grants to support close to 70 non-profit agency programs and services. United Way allocated the funds to create lasting impact in the categories of: meeting basic and emergency needs; strengthening children and families; and promoting health and independence. An additional $42,688 will go to specific agencies designated by the donors. The total distribution will be $667,590. United Way’s overall benefit to the community this year will be about $822,000 when food supplied by the Food Resource Center is taken into account. The center has distributed approximately 775,000 pounds of food since opening in 2008. The food is distributed to area food pantries, shelters and senior dining sites.
Agencies meeting Basic and Emergency Needs will receive $206,625. Programs for children and families will receive the largest distribution totaling $263,027. United Way returns 50 percent of the funds donated by school district employees to the district for programs assisting students. Participating districts received over $15,000 in grants this year. Support for programs that improve health and independence will total $123,575. Agencies in Burnett and Washburn counties will receive $31,675 in grants and $13,237 in donor designations from funds contributed by area residents, businesses and the owner and employees of Nexen Group in Webster.
United Way St. Croix Valley will continue to raise funds until it is time to begin the fall appeal. Currently, United Way is running its eBay online auction. See United Way’s website for further information at www.unitedwaystcroix.org. The mission of United Way St. Croix Valley is to unite communities, focus resources and inspire people to measurably improve lives in western Wisconsin.