High Point, NC -- The United Way of Greater High Point awarded nearly $50,000 in "Venture Grants" to nine local non-profit agencies.
Eight of these nine organizations aren't partnered with United Way. The grants are awarded to non-profit organizations that meet emerging or unmet needs.
Venture Grant Recipients:
• Alcohol & Drug Services of Guilford: $2,275 to fund building, grounds and security repairs
• Community Outreach of Archdale-Trinity (COAT): $10,000 to provide emergency financial assistance (rent, shelter, utilities, clothing, etc..) to families and individuals
• Guilford County Department of Public Health: $5,000 for Kindergarten dental screening and education
• Helping Hands Ministry: $11,500 to fund a position which will provide direct case management to clients of Helping Hands Ministry who desire to change their habits and enhance their employment skills
• Jamestown Public Library: $750 to support the E-Book program
• Macedonia Family Resource Center: $7,500 to fund the 2012 Summer Math & Science (STEM) program for youth
• Mary's House: $2,800 to serve as local matching funds for federal housing vouchers for women who are going through transition
• Providence Church of God In Christ: $2,000 to fund a Friday Night program in the Five Points neighborhood for youth age 6-18, in an effort to diminish gang activity
• Ward Street Mission: $5,000 to provide basic emergency assistance such as rent and utility support
Venture Grants can be used to help get a new program started, or help an existing program purchase needed equipment or supplies. In more limited cases, Venture Grants may be given for administrative expenses such as staffing, so that a program can increase its sustainability with the support that paid staff can provide.
"We are delighted and blessed to be able to award these grants to meet critical needs in our community," said Bobby Smith, President of United Way of Greater High Point. "We realize the needs in our community are ever changing and growing, and we are excited about these new partnerships."
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