HUDSON - The United Way St. Croix Valley Board of Directors recently approved the distribution of funds raised through the 2015-2016 annual fundraising campaign in Pierce, Polk and St. Croix Counties, as well as the Northern Wisconsin campaign.
“We are very grateful to the area businesses and individuals who generously support the United Way St. Croix Valley campaign,” said Executive Director Ann Searles. “By ‘Living United’, we invite all community stakeholders to the table--business leaders, civic leaders, school leaders, agencies.
Together, we collectively identify community needs and respond efficiently with the distribution of funding to local nonprofit agencies who professionally deliver services which measurably improve the lives of those who live in western Wisconsin,” she continued.
In addition to providing funds to nonprofit agencies, United Way continues to focus on its three core initiatives: United Way’s Food Resource Center, Success By 6 and Shelter for All. United Way St. Croix Valley Board President Cynthia Jahnke said, “United Way is unique because we look at the needs in our local communities and craft solutions that address those needs and bring long-term change.”
United Way St. Croix Valley awarded $570,557 in grants to support more than 60 nonprofit agency programs and services. United Way allocated the funds to create lasting impact in the categories of: Meeting Basic and Emergency Needs, Strengthening Children and Families and Promoting Health and Independence. An additional $40,867 will go to specific agencies designated by the donors. The total funds distributed will be $611,424. United Way’s overall benefit to the community this year will be over $735,143 when food supplied by the Food Resource Center is taken into account. The Center has distributed approximately 1,048,217 pounds of food since opening in 2008. The food is distributed to area food pantries, shelters and senior dining sites. Agencies meeting Basic and Emergency Needs will receive $133,770. Programs for Children and Families will receive the largest distribution totaling $171,290. United Way returns 50% of the funds donated by school district employees to the district for programs assisting students. Participating districts received $13,891 in grants this year. Support for programs that improve Health and Independence will total $96,744. Agencies in Burnett and Washburn Counties will receive $44,374 in grants and $8,160 in donor designations from funds contributed by area residents, businesses and the owner and employees of Nexen Group in Webster.
United Way St. Croix Valley will continue to raise funds until it is time to begin the fall appeal. See United Way’s website at www.unitedwaystcroix.org for further information.