United Way of Greater Rochester has received a $150,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation for its early childhood home visitation programs.
The grant, awarded through the foundation’s state giving program, will help United Way increase the number of professional home visitors and expand services provided through its early childhood home visitation trilogy of programs.
The programs, which include a nurse-family partnership, parents as teachers and building healthy children, provide evidence-based, in-home parent education and support to help parents and children remain healthy, enhance positive parenting practices and reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect.
“United Way is honored to accept this donation from the Walmart Foundation to advance our efforts in serving local families and children to help them get the best possible start to life,” United Way President and CEO Fran Weisberg said in a statement. “Walmart is helping to create a thriving community and we can’t thank them enough.”
The programs serve nearly 1,000 families annually.
“I am grateful to Walmart for their commitment to fighting poverty and uplifting those most in need,” said Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit. “This partnership with the United Way is further proof that by working together we can take important steps towards building a path to prosperity for families and individuals in our community.”
Walmart’s director of public affairs & government relations Jason Klipa said the initiative exemplifies the progress communities can make when they come together to address important issues.
“United Way has done a remarkable job of assembling a community coalition to help ensure at-risk children get a safe, healthy start in life,” Klipa added. “Walmart is proud to support this effort to strengthen our communities by achieving lasting change.”
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