United Way to distribute almost $2M in funding in area

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JANESVILLE — The United Way Blackhawk Region will distribute $1,953,688 to support service agencies in Rock County in Wisconsin and northern Winnebago County in Illinois.

The 2016 investment in local programs is slightly higher than the $1,951,000 allocated in 2015 by the United Way Blackhawk Region.

The United Way Blackhawk Region Board of Directors approved $1,908,688 in grant funding for 99 health and human services programs administered by 42 nonprofit organizations for 2016. In 2015, 103 health and human services programs administered by 42 nonprofit organizations were awarded grant funding.

Several agencies saw increases in grant funding compared to allocations the United Way gave them last year. For example, the Stateline Family YMCA is to receive $59,617 this year compared to $58,741 last year, Beloit Meals on Wheels is to receive $58,600 this year compared to $55,000 last year, and the Stateline Boys and Girls Club is to receive $140,000 this year compared to $125,000 last year. Other agencies received the same amount in 2016 and 2015, such as the Beloit Domestic Violence Survivors Center which was allotted $60,000 both years, and the Merrill Community Center which was allotted $75,000 both years.

Others saw their allocations reduced, such as the Voluntary Action Center, which was allotted $45,000 this year compared to $55,000 last year, and the Stateline Literacy Council which was allocated $50,477 this year compared to $61,477 last year.

One Beloit area agency, Beloit Regional Hospice, elected not to apply for grant funds this year from the United Way. There were three programs that received United Way funds last year that elected not to apply for funds this year.

Mary Fanning-Penny, president of the United Way Blackhawk Region, said 80 programs received increases or the same amount in grant funds this year compared to last year. She said the allocations are based on the recommendations of 50 volunteers who dedicate about 600 hours of time in reviewing grant applications, listening to presentations from member agencies and studying programs.

“Last year, over 130,400 services were provided to residents in the Blackhawk Region through United Way funded programs,” said United Way Blackhawk Region Board Chair Phil Smith. “Children were provided a supportive environment to learn and grow, families were empowered to take steps toward financial stability, and many enjoyed healthier lives thanks to a variety of programs. This is important work — work that cannot be accomplished without the vital support of community members.”

The United Way grants are dependent on a successful community campaign, which currently stands at $1.57 million raised, or 55.6 percent of the $2.82 million goal. The Beloit Foundation and the Janesville Foundation have offered challenge grants to bolster the United Way fundraising campaign. The Beloit Foundation, which announced recently it will dissolve and disburse the remainder of its funds, has pledged to match up to $60,000 while the Janesville Foundation has pledged to match up to $30,000.

Funding amounts announced by the United Way Blackhawk Region for 2016 are as follows:

AIDS Network $5,000

American Red Cross Badgerland $75,000

Beloit Meals on Wheels $58,600

Big Brothers-Big Sisters $40,000

Boys and Girls Club - Janesville $50,000

Catholic Charities $68,668

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin - Community Services $16,152

City of Evansville - Youth Center $3,000

Community Action Inc. $171,500

Community Coordinated Child Care $1,500

ECHO $25,000

Edgerton Community Outreach $30,500

Energy Services - Crisis Case Management $20,000

Epilepsy Foundation Heart of Wisconsin $7,500

Family Respite Care $11,000

Family Services of S.W.A.N.I. $223,000

Girl Scouts Badgerland Council $41,000

Glacier’s Edge Council Boy Scouts of America $42,000

Hands of Faith $18,500

HealthNet $59,500

Independent Disability Services $25,000

Janesville Community Day Care Center $44,500

KANDU Industries $13,000

Lutheran Social Services $43,300

Merrill Community Center $75,000

Nutrition and Health Associates $10,500

Project 16:49 $5,000

Rock Communities Youth Network $15,000

RSVP $56,849

S.M.I.L.E.S. $26,000

Salvation Army - Beloit $94,000

Salvation Army - Janesville $46,600

Senior Services of Rock County $21,500

Stateline Boys and Girls Club $140,000

Stateline Family YMCA $59,617

Stateline Literacy Council $50,477

The Literacy Connection $28,000

Voluntary Action Center $45,000

Wisconsin Badger Camp $3,500

YMCA of Northern Rock County $15,775

YWCA Rock County $122,650

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