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United Way Announces 2014 Funding Allocations

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JOPLIN, MO (April 1, 2014) – After three months of diligent work by its Allocation Committee, United Way’s Board of Directors has announced the awarding of funding allocations for the next twelve months. The board decision came at the end of a three month process that started with agencies submitting program funding requests last October. More than 100 community volunteers and United Way donors then visited with the partner agencies at their locations to review their programs and budgets. Each of them left the meetings inspired by the quality of these agencies’ programs and their commitment to our communities. Our board of directors reviewed every comment and recommendation from the volunteer panels and made the final decision on which programs would most impact the community around health, education, income, and maintaining the safety net. The new allocations will cover the remaining 2014 calendar year.

Three new agencies, Class LTD, Baxter Springs Ministerial Alliance, and Spring River Mental Health, joined the list of funded agencies this year as part of our United Way’s expansion into Cherokee County, KS. Valley United Way has also begun a review of the allocations process with all volunteers and agencies involved and improvements are expected to be implemented next year.

Multiple new programs are funded across the region this year. The Salvation Army in Pittsburg is continuing to support financial stability in the SE KS area by offering its Payee program that assists families receiving Social Security and Disability income with the ability to help maximize their current resources to pay off debt, make rental and other bill payments on time, and establish good credit. The Community Health Clinic of Joplin has added programs to support adults in need of dental care who are uninsured or using Medicare, Medicaid, and VA benefits who would otherwise be hours away from the closest facility that would have the ability to see them as patients. They also received funding to continue their patient pharmacy program to allow their uninsured patients access to the prescription medication needed to help treat and improve their chronic medical conditions. These are just a sampling of the tremendous programs the United Way partner agencies will offer to the community in the coming year.

Campaign Chairman Logan Stanley praised the work of the Allocations Committee noting that the committee spends a great deal of time ensuring that their helps to meet the needs of the community, but that there are never enough dollars to meet all the needs. He said, “The Allocations Committee does a tremendous job in making fair and equitable recommendations, and the Board appreciates all the volunteer time that goes into the process.”

Allocations will provide funding for 58 vital social service programs in Barton, Jasper, and Newton Counties in Missouri and Crawford and Cherokee Counties in Kansas.

United Way Partner Agency - Allocation

  • AMERICAN RED CROSS GREATER OZARKS CHAPTER - $36,534.97
  • AMERICAN RED CROSS – SE KS - 5,000.00
  • BAXTER SPRINGS MINISTERIAL ALLIANCE - 2,000.00
  • HOME MEDICAL EQUIPMENT SERVICES - 14,000.00
  • BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS SOUTHWEST MISSOURI - 13,000.00
  • BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS CRAWFORD COUNTY - 5,000.00
  • BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF JOPLIN - 79,569.94
  • CATHOLIC CHARITIES SEK HELP CENTER - 2,000.00
  • CEREBRAL PALSY OF TRI-COUNTY - 94,034.97
  • CHILDREN'S CENTER OF SWMO - 15,000.00
  • CHILDREN'S HAVEN OF SWMO - 35,000.00
  • CHILDREN'S MERCY HOSPITAL - 18,000.00
  • CLASS LTD - 1,000.00
  • COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC OF JOPLIN - 36,534.97
  • ELM ACRES - 9,750.00
  • FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER - 24,375.00
  • HARRY HYNES MEMORIAL HOSPICE - 975.00
  • JOPLIN ASSN. FOR THE BLIND - 24,500.00
  • JOPLIN FAMILY Y - 47,000.00
  • JOPLIN NALA READ - 27,500.00
  • KANSAS LEGAL SERVICES - 2,500.00
  • KIDS FIRST DAY CARE CENTER - 1,000.00
  • LAFAYETTE HOUSE - 73,534.97
  • LEGAL AID OF WESTERN MISSOURI - 25,034.97
  • GIRL SCOUTS OF THE MISSOURI HEARTLAND - 19,500.00
  • MOTHER-TO-MOTHER MINISTRY - 1,000.00
  • OZARK TRAILS BOY SCOUTS COUNCIL - 13,000.00
  • PITTSBURG COMMUNITY CHILD CARE LEARNING CENTER - 1,462.50
  • PITTSBURG FAMILY YMCA - 22,500.00
  • REGIONAL HEALTH & WELFARE - 46,534.96
  • SAFEHOUSE CRISIS CENTER, INC. - 24,500.00
  • SEK-CAP, INC. - 4,753.14
  • SEK RESPITE SERVICES - 1,500.00
  • SPRING RIVER MENTAL HEALTH CENTER - 2,200.00
  • THE SALVATION ARMY - JOPLIN - 22,727.25
  • THE SALVATION ARMY - PITTSBURG - 21,539.00
  • UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY OF KANSAS - 3,750.00
  • WESLEY HOUSE - 24,800.00

In addition, the United Way Board of Directors has committed to making available an additional $500,000 in tornado-related funds over the next two years. These funds carry the donor intent to support the continued long-term recovery of the region following the May 2011 tornado and are made available on an annual cycle for qualified non-profits in the region.

United Way is committed to our agencies and the communities they serve. Our hope for 2014-15 is to unite other social change advocates to join United Way’s nationally recognized association. Our history is solid, our strategies are effective, and, if we stand together, our impact in Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas will be great.

About United Way of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas

United Way is a regional network of 38 locally governed non-profit organizations that work to create lasting positive changes in both communities and in people’s lives. Building on more than a century of service as the nation’s preeminent community-based fundraiser, United Way engages the community to identify the underlying causes of the most significant local issues, develop strategies, and pull together financial and human resources to execute those strategies, with measurable results. Common focus areas include helping children and youth succeed, improving access to healthcare, promoting financial stability, and strengthening families. For more information about United Way, please visit www.unitedwaymokan.org.

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