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United Way allocates $15.6 million to help those in need

Rochester Business Journal
July 23, 2013

The United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. announced $15.6 million in funding allocations for its 2013-14 year, including a focus on local residents and families with emergency needs.

United Way received more than 110 applications from 76 local organizations for its funding cycle. Grants were given to programs best position to address community needs and help the most people possible, United Way officials said.

“We are excited to start this three-year funding cycle on a positive note by continuing to fund the programs that do so much for our community,” said Melanie Wolk, Special Council at Goldberg Segalla, LLC and Chair of United Way of Greater Rochester’s Community Investment Cabinet. “We are also excited to partner with some new agencies to fund even more local, evidence-based and research-driven programs.” 

 Beginning on Aug. 1:

•  $5.8 million will be invested toward meeting critical needs of food, clothing, shelter and transportation addressed.

•  $2.3 million will be given for in-home parenting support and education and early screening and intervention programs to make sure children are becoming physically and emotionally ready to enter school.

•  $4.3 million will be invested in after-school and summer learning and enrichment and mentoring programs

•  $2.5 million will be given to support care coordination, multipurpose aging resource centers and in-home support programs for the aging.

 United Way officials noted that the programs are carefully studied and focus areas selected with the input of several stakeholders.

“Thanks to the generosity of Community Fund donors, United Way is Rochester’s largest and most efficient charitable means of supporting local human service programs,” said Dave Fiedler, CEO of ESL Federal Credit Union and United Way board chair. “We work to ensure that people in need have access to critical services and address our community’s most pressing challenges by identifying critical issues. We use donor dollars to support programs that are proven to address those needs and make sure that funded programs show results and change lives.”

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