Green Mountain United Way Awards Grants to Local Nonprofits

In a recent announcement, Green Mountain United Way (GMUW) has awarded Community Grants to five area nonprofit organizations and Micro Grants to three nonprofits for projects that align with United Way priority areas of Education, Income and Health.

The Family Center of Washington Co. received $2,500 for their intensive work training program for some of their Reach Up clients with the goal of transitioning troubled parents into successful employment.  “The Family Center is thrilled to be awarded GMUW funding.  The funds awarded will go directly to supporting families in poverty.  Reach Up and Family Works services are important because they provide families with the skills and supports to stabilize housing, obtain or keep a good job and successfully parent their children.  Through working directly with families, we offer concrete supports to better serve the young parents and children we work with.  In using a two generations approach, we help to strengthen families from within, and work to reduce intergenerational poverty,” says Claire Kendall, Co-Executive Director of the Family Center.

Other Community Grant recipients are AWARE of Hardwick ($2,500) for their Economic Empowerment initiative, Wonder & Wisdom of Greensboro ($2,500) to expand their Seniors Program, the Vermont Humanities Council ($2,432) for their Never Too Early early literacy program across the GMUW five counties, and Pathways Vermont ($2,000) for a statewide phone service line that provides specialized mental health support.

In addition, GMUW also awarded three Micro Grants of $250 each to People’s Health & Wellness Clinic in Barre for dental hygiene supplies, Northeastern VT Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury for brochures for their Smoke Free Cars campaign, and Umbrella in Newport for the purchase of portable food storage containers for their Cornucopia Meals-on-Wheels program.

For more information about GMUW, visit www.gmunitedway.org or call their Barre office at 802-622-8056.

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