FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Julie Rosenthal, JR Communications
District of Columbia Nonprofits Awarded More Than
$350,000 in United Way Community Impact Grants
20 DC Charities Receive Much-Needed Funds to
Continue Work in Education, Health and Financial Stability
WASHINGTON, DC, January 11, 2013 - Today, United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) announced that it is awarding 20 grants totaling $358,271 to 20 member organizations serving the District of Columbia. The funds came through designations to the District of Columbia Community Impact Fund in United Way NCA's annual workplace giving campaign. Each of the grants directly addresses United Way NCA's focus areas of education, health and financial stability. In total, nearly $1.65 million was raised through Community Impact Funds in United Way NCA's eight regions thanks to the support of employees from over 800 workplaces with more than 3,000 locations throughout the Washington region.
Specifically, the District of Columbia grantees are: Ayuda, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Byte Back, Children of Mine Center, Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place, DC Central Kitchen, Equal Rights Center, Ethiopian Community Center, Inc., Food & Friends, Georgetown Ministry Center, Iona Senior Services, Joseph's House, Jubilee Jobs, Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, New Futures, Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington, The Fishing School, Turning the Page, William Wendt Center for Loss and Healing, and Young Women's Christian Association of the National Capital Area, Inc.
Jubilee Jobs, which provides skilled, compassionate job preparation, placement, retention, and career advancement services to help poor, disadvantaged, unemployed and underemployed residents find jobs and advance toward sustained economic self-sufficiency, will use the grant funds toward the salary of a job counselor. "Our job counselors work one-on-one with clients to help them to prepare for and obtain employment," said Executive Director Terry Flood. "After the initial job placement, applicants in our program are encouraged to enter Move-Up, where they set goals and pursue careers. Whenever a client gets hired, that person's job counselor rings a bell. Last year, our counselors rang their bells 1,002 times. With the support of the United Way NCA Community Impact grant, we hope to ring the bells another 1,000 times or more during 2013."
The United Way NCA Community Impact grant will help Iona Senior Services provide direct care and supportive services to vulnerable older adults in the District of Columbia. "This grant comes at a vital time in the history of Iona and at the time of a huge demographic shift in the city," said Executive Director Sally S. White. "Iona has seen increasing and increasingly complicated needs as people live longer lives, the baby boomers are settling in and aging in place, and the economy has taken a toll on older adults who have fixed incomes. As the availability of government grants continues to decline, Iona increasingly relies on the generous support of foundation, corporate, community partner and individual support to meet the growing needs of our community."
Each year, United Way NCA solicits funding proposals from its member nonprofit organizations for specific programs and work in these communities. This year, District of Columbia member organizations submitted 175 proposals totaling $3,643,126. Funding decisions are made by a volunteer, citizen-led task force that works together with area nonprofits, governments, and business leaders to determine where there are gaps in services and where the funds will do the most good.
Sybongile Cook, a DC resident and Economic Development Program Manager, Banking Bureau, Government of District of Columbia, served on United Way NCA's DC Community Impact Committee for the second year in a row. "There were a lot of really great applications and the team took the time to give each one due consideration," said Cook, a long-time volunteer in the DC community. "We were particularly impressed by organizations taking fresh approaches and being both creative and realistic as to how they will strive to make their programs more effective and expand their reach. We also looked for organizations willing to collaborate with and build on the work of other organizations working toward similar goals - again, so that they and the grant dollars awarded will have the maximum impact where the DC community needs it most."
"The generous contributions from the DC community, the teamwork of the selection committee volunteers, and the localized, collective power of the Community Impact Fund showcase what Living United is all about," said Bill Hanbury, President and CEO, United Way NCA.
All donors to United Way of the National Capital Area have the option of directing their pledge to the Community Impact Fund in one of United Way NCA's eight regions including Alexandria, Arlington, District of Columbia, Fairfax/Falls Church, Loudoun, Montgomery, Prince George's and Prince William counties. These funds help United Way solve critical challenges facing its communities that no one person, nonprofit, or company can address alone.
Region wide, United Way NCA awarded a total of 154 grants to more than 120 member organizations. All of the grants awarded fall in one of United Way NCA's three community impact areas of Education, Financial Stability and Health. There were 50 programs funded in Education, 56 in Health and 48 in Financial Stability. In total, United Way NCA raises more than $30 million each year to address the needs of the community, and in the past five years has raised and dispersed more than $122 million across the greater Washington region.
About United Way of the National Capital Area
Focusing on the critical areas of education, financial stability and health, United Way of the National Capital Area and its nonprofit members not only provide immediate relief of social problems affecting the community, but also work to alleviate the underlying causes of these issues. Serving the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties for more than 35 years, United Way of the National Capital Area works to inspire acts of caring, deliver hope and improve lives. For more information about United Way of the National Capital Area, visit www.unitedwaynca.org.
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