Fairfax and Falls Church Nonprofits awarded more than $280,000 in United Way NCA Grants
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FAIRFAX AND FALLS CHURCH NONPROFITS AWARDED MORE THAN $280,000 IN UNITED WAY GRANTS
23 Fairfax and Falls Church Charities Receive Much-Needed Funds to
Continue Work in Education, Health and Financial Stability
Fairfax, VA, March 6, 2012 – Today, United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) announced that it is awarding 27 grants totaling $288,013 to 23 member organizations serving Fairfax and Falls Church (see below for complete list of awardees). The funds came through designations to the Fairfax/Falls Church 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, over $1.75 million was raised through Community Impact Funds in United Way NCA’s eight regions thanks to the support of employees from over 1,000 corporations, educational institutions and municipalities in the region.
“United Way’s Community Impact Fund has served thousands of Fairfax County residents by helping to provide essential services to those fighting to survive,” said Paul Taffe, United Way NCA’s Fairfax Regional Council Co-Chair. “As the region continues to struggle with slow economic recovery, there are an unprecedented number of people and families facing hunger, homelessness and the most difficult of life challenges. Through the Community Impact Fund, together we are helping to meet some of these most basic needs at this most important time.”
David Hunn, President and CEO of The SkillSource Group, said SkillSource will use their grant to expand their Ticket to Work employment program by hiring a part-time Job Developer who will serve as an advocate and employment placement coordinator for disabled job seekers enrolled in the Ticket to Work Employment Network. “The Job Developer will focus on outreach to private sector businesses and will work to match the skills and interest of our adult job seekers with private sector employees throughout Fairfax County,” said Hunn.
Another grantee is the Northern Virginia Dental Clinic, which provides oral health care to low income residents age 18 or older. “Oral health care for adults is not a mandated service under the Virginia Medicaid program, so a significant number of the adult population who are very close to the poverty level do not typically have access to dental care due to prohibitive costs,” said the clinic’s Executive Director Thomas Wilson. “Being awarded a Community Impact Fund grant assists the clinic with operating expenses, such as materials and staffing,” said Wilson, “and, because the United Way is so well-respected throughout the community, being an awardee also helps us gain support from other funders.”
“The contributions from the Fairfax/Falls Church community demonstrate a commitment to joining together to ensure that programs in education, health and financial stability can continue their essential work,” said Bill Hanbury, President and CEO, United Way NCA. “Each of the Community Impact Fund grants will have an immediate and positive impact on each of these vital organizations.”
Specifically, the Fairfax/Falls Church grantees are: Alzheimer’s Family Day Center, Ayuda, Bethany House of Northern Virginia, Computer CORE, Herndon-Reston FISH, Just Neighbors Ministry, KEEN Greater DC/Kids Enjoy Exercise Now, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, Main Street Child Development Center, National Capital Poison Center, Neediest Kids, Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry, Northern Virginia Dental Clinic, Northern Virginia Family Service, Planned Parenthood Association of Metropolitan Washington DC, Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington, PRS (Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services), SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) of Northern Virginia, Shelter House, The SkillSource Group, United Community Ministries, Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM), and The Women’s Center.
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.
Each year, United Way NCA solicits funding proposals from its member nonprofit organizations for specific programs and work in these communities. This year, Fairfax/Falls Church member organizations submitted 91 proposals totaling $1,666,803. 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.
Region wide, United Way NCA awarded a total of 256 grants to more than 160 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 72 programs funded in Education, 100 in Health and 84 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 $142 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 works 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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