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United Way approves $3 million community investment


United Way will invest $3 million in 52 local programs (download the list) helping to address basic needs and quality of life issues for thousands of people in Greenville County.

United Way’s volunteer board of trustees unanimously approved the Life Essentials investment plan, which includes programs providing services in the areas of emergency assistance, health care, interpersonal violence, substance abuse, senior services and developmental delays.

The competitive application process began last fall with 68 program proposals submitted. The applications were reviewed by United Way Life Essentials Council volunteers based on criteria covering community need and program effectiveness, organizational capacity and financial soundness.

The investments approved by the board at its April meeting include six new programs and two new providers: Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County (home construction and homelessness prevention), New Mind Health and Care (support services for ex-offenders), Project HOST (soup kitchen), Safe Harbor (children’s counseling), Senior Action (medical transportation) and Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources (transitional housing).

“United Way is funding programs and services that help us create a Cycle of Success for all in our community,” said United Way President Ted Hendry. “Programs receiving funding have demonstrated that they have the capacity and expertise to serve our community, as well as measure how the people they serve are better off because of their program.”

The annual investments are renewable for three years, from 2016-19, contingent on the success of United Way’s annual campaign and each program’s effectiveness.

An announcement on the application process for funding in United Way’s focus areas of School Readiness, High School Graduation and Financial Stability will be made later this summer.