United Way of Abilene Allocates $1.3 Million

United Way of Abilene Allocates $1.3 Million

By Bethany Ashlock - Community Impact Director of United Way of Abilene

 

 

 

Thirty programs in the community funded for 2014ABILENE, TX – The United Way of Abilene Board of Directors has approved the allocation of $1.3 million to help fund 30 health and human service programsinWest Central Texas in 2014. These programs, administered by 23 local non-profit agencies, address United Way’s community impact priority areas of education, income, and health. In 2014, $499,917 will be allocated for programs focused on education, with $608,500for income related programs, and $191,815 for health. The allocations for 2014 are an increase of $295,000. “We are proud to partner with so many excellent agencies in the community,” said Dr. Cathy Ashby, United Way of Abilene president/CEO. “The impact that these agencies have on our neighborhoods and families every day is tremendous.” Included in the 23 United Way Community Partners are three new agencies:Boy Scouts Texas Trails Council, Girl Scouts of Texas/Oklahoma Plains, and Regional Victim Crisis Center. {{more}}The allocations for 2014 were recommended to the United Way of Abilene Board of Directors by a 40 member volunteer committee. The volunteers serving on United Way’s Community Impact Review Teams participate in a process that includes site visits,Q&A panels, and outcomereviews. Anothervolunteer committee completes an extensive financial review of each applying agency. “Everyone that makes a donation to United Way of Abilene can be assured that their investment is being put to the best use possible in our community,” said Ashby. “The goal of United Way, through partnerships, is for children to succeed in school andhave opportunities for growth,that families will gain financial stability and independence,and for families to be healthy.”