United Way of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties recently awarded more than $256,000 to 20 local community groups and agencies.

Funding decisions for the 2019-19 program requests were made during United Way’s April 10 “Grant Night” board meeting. The 2018-19 campaign pledge total was $582,700, which exceeded the $575,000 United Way goal set last year, according to a press release.

United Way awards grants based on cash in the bank as of the date of the grant night meeting. This protects all stakeholders, since some pledges many not fully materialize in each campaign, the press release said. The total grant award was $256,043.

  • Boy Scouts—Chinook District awarded $3,500
  • Castle Rock Senior Center awarded $3,984
  • Children’s Discovery Museum awarded $7,500
  • Children’s Justice & Advocacy Center awarded $27,000
  • Community Caring Project awarded $9,000
  • Community Health Partners awarded $6,000
  • Community House on Broadway awarded $5,000
  • Cowlitz County CASA awarded $10,000
  • Cowlitz Wahkiakum Legal Aid awarded 7,350
  • Emergency Support Shelter awarded $31,500
  • Ethnic Support Council awarded $3,693
  • FISH of Cowlitz County awarded $14,000
  • Life Works/Arc awarded $8,750
  • Lower Columbia College Head Start/EHS/ECEAP awarded $43,416
  • Lower Columbia School Gardens awarded $22,500
  • Oxford House-Chapter 9 awarded $10,850
  • St. James Family Center awarded $26,100
  • Volunteer Services awarded $4,500
  • YMCA of SW Washington awarded $4,000
  • Youth & Family Link awarded $7,400

Of the more than $580,000 pledged to the campaign, just under $27,000 is designated for specific 501c3 programs, while another $43,920 comes from a bequest designated for the United Way endowment fund.

Additionally, slightly more than $57,000 went to the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program to provide books to our early learners. And about $15,300 was pledged to the Community Impact Fund for use in board selected initiatives, programs or collaborations that will influence a 95% graduation result. The community impact fund was started last year by a generous donor who passed away leaving $50,000 to start the new fund. It has since grown to over $65,000 and is planned to be used shortly for specific initiatives.

United Way is grateful for the strong community support in volunteer time, contributions to the campaign supporting local programs, and support to its Community Impact focus of “95% of students will graduate high school, college or career ready.”

“United Way has evolved into an impact organization, aimed at bringing the right player to the play to influence more direct change and sustainability in key health, education or income related areas. This gives a greater return on investment for our generous donors,” said Brooke Fisher-Clark, executive director for United Way, in the press release.

To learn more about United Way’s impact on the community, registration is now open for “Lunch with United Way,” an annual community stakeholders meeting scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on May 16 at the Cowlitz Regional Conference Center. Sign up at www.cowlitzunitedway.org.

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