Posted on December 23, 2013 12:00
The United Way Blackhawk Region Board of Directors has approved the allocation of $1.95 million to help fund 101 health and human services programs in Rock and Winnebago counties in 2014. These programs, administered by 42 local nonprofit organizations, address United Way’s community impact priority areas of education, income and health.
In 2014, $768,157 will be allocated for programs focused on education, with $799,956 for income-related programs and $381,886 for health. The allocations for 2014 are an increase of $112,000 (5.7 percent) more than the $1.84 million allocated by the local United Way in 2013.
The $1.95 million also includes more than $58,000 in funding for 11 programs that did not apply for United Way funding in 2013. The 11 new programs include various scholarships for youth programs at the YMCA of Northern Rock County, counseling referral services for local middle schools, respite care for siblings of children with special needs, the Fresh Start education and job-training program at Community Action and vision care through HealthNet of Rock County.
“Each year the competition for these allocated funds becomes stronger, but so does the caliber of the programs that apply and the impact they have within the community,” United Way Blackhawk Region President Steve Kinkade said, adding that the allocated funds are determined based on the United Way Blackhawk Region 2013 campaign goal of $2.8 million. “All programs receiving United Way funding provide health and human services that address a need in at least one of United Way’s priority areas.”
In addition to the $1.95 million in allocations, Kinkade said the United Way Blackhawk Region also will make the second of two $15,000 grants to HealthNet in 2014. This grant, previously approved by the United Way Board of Directors, assisted HealthNet in securing a matching grant from Delta Dental of Wisconsin, to provide dental services to low-income, uninsured residents of Rock County.
The 2014 allocations were recommended to the United Way Board of Directors by a 30-member volunteer committee. The volunteers serving on the United Way’s Community Impact Panels devoted over 450 volunteer hours to ensure that the programs seeking funding aligned with the United Way’s outcome standards in the building blocks for a good life; education, income and health.
“Because of the rigorous evaluation process, we’re confident the programs supported and funded make efficient use of the funds contributed by United Way supporters,” said Dan Piché, United Way board chairman. “Our donors count on us to make wise decisions with their monetary investments, ensure that we operate efficiently and with integrity, and ensure that the funds are allocated to their full potential. Everyone who contributes to the United Way campaign can rest assured that their investment is being put to the best use in meeting the needs of our community.”
United Way board member Dave Swartzentruber, who serves as chairman of the community impact panels, said the process for the volunteers included site visits to learn more about the programs seeking funding, details on the number of clients served and an extensive financial review of the programs.
“The volunteers were faced with the challenge of allocating the available dollars for those programs that best meet the growing needs for the residents of the Blackhawk Region,” Swartzentruber said. “These unrestricted donations are allocated by program, not by agency, and help United Way Blackhawk Region and its program partners address the root causes of the most critical issues in the community.”
Tom Spilde, 2013 United Way Blackhawk Region campaign chairman said the volunteer committee takes its task very seriously.
“Everyone who contributes to the United Way campaign can rest assured that their investment is being put to the best use in their community,” Spilde said. “The goal of the United Way, through allocations to its program partners, is for children and youth to have supportive learning and development opportunities to grow and become responsible adults, that individuals and families will have their basic needs met to sustain self-efficiency and that all residents will live healthy lives.”
The United Way Blackhawk Region supports health and human services programs in all of Rock County, Wis. and a portion of northern Winnebago County, Ill. United Way Blackhawk Region program partners serve a population of more than 200,000.
To learn how you can give, advocate or volunteer for the United Way Blackhawk Region, call (608) 757-3040 or go online to www.LiveUnitedBR.org.