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WILKES-BARRE — More than 40 area programs will receive support and assistance from the United Way of Wyoming Valley over the coming year.

The organization’s board of directors approved the distribution of over $1.6 million to support programs at 23 partner agencies.

The grants were provided by area residents, businesses and industry through workplace campaign pledges, individual donations, private grants, corporate gifts and Education Improvement Tax Credits.

“We’re extremely pleased that we’ve been able to make allocations that match last year’s level,” said United Way of Wyoming Valley President and CEO Bill Jones. “Like most nonprofits across the nation, economic conditions over the past 3 years have made for challenging campaigns, but the Wyoming Valley community has stood up and partnered with the United Way to ensure that important programs and services will be supported.”

Spokeswoman Kathy Bozinski said this year’s allocations are just about the same as last year’s. She explained the programs and agencies must apply for the grants, and everyone who applied for this funding cycle received a grant.

“Allocations are usually based on the number of clients served, and reductions in clients might result in some funding reductions, but (there were) no drastic declines for this year,” she said.

The following programs received allocations for 2014-2015:

• Blood Services, American Red Cross ($30,000)

• Emergency Services, American Red Cross ($99,224)

• Advocacy for People with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities, The Arc of Luzerne County ($8,613)

• Comprehensive Youth Development, Boy Scouts (NEPA Council) ($ 8,250)

• Adult & Family Services, Catholic Social Services ($147,246)

• Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Catholic Social Services ($107,364)

• Mother Teresa Haven, Catholic Social Services ($32,805)

• Family Adolescent Services Team, Catholic Social Services ($40,171)

• Child Care, Catholic Youth Center ($50,000)

• Child Care, Child Development Center ($47,243)

• Outpatient Services, Children’s Service Center ($37,633)

• Material Aid/Emergency Services, Commission on Economic Opportunity $ 72,000

• Prescription Assistance, Commission on Economic Opportunity ($17,000)

• Traveler’s Aid, Commission on Economic Opportunity ($15,600)

• Finance Counseling & Debt Rehabilitation, Consumer Credit Counseling ($2,900)

• Surviving a Layoff, Consumer Credit Counseling ($2,900)

• Life Skills, Creating Unlimited Possibilities ($6,945)

• Adult Counseling, Domestic Violence Service Center ($18,012)

• Bridge Housing, Domestic Violence Service Center ($15,008)

• Emergency Shelter, Domestic Violence Service Center ($22,600)

• Guardianship, Family Service Association ($8,646)

• Help Line, Family Service Association ($146,579)

• Professional Counseling, Family Service Association ($71,372)

• Youth Talent Expo, Family Service Association ($1,300)

• Defy the Odds, Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA ($12,826)

• Child Care, Greater Pittston YMCA ($36,067)

• Healthy Living, Greater Pittston YMCA ($9,000)

• Youth Development, Greater Pittston YMCA (no amount given)

• Transportation Reimbursement, Hemodialysis Patients Association ($6,500)

• Activities for Senior Adults, Jewish Community Alliance ($10,952)

• Day Camp for Children, Jewish Community Alliance ($46,340)

• Day Camp for Children with Special Needs, Jewish Community Alliance ($4,059)

• Friday’s Kids, Jewish Community Alliance ($10,422)

• Early Head Start, Luzerne County Head Start ($25,755)

• Jump Start, Luzerne County Head Start ($27,421)

• Food and Material Assistance, Salvation Army ($41,000)

• Vocational Rehabilitation, United Rehabilitation Services ($30,000)

• Sexual Assault Prevention Education, Victims Resource Center ($3,700)

• Sexual Assault Support, Victims Resource Center ($43,204)

• Dial-A-Driver, Volunteers of America ($15,232)

• Supporting Stronger Families, Volunteers of America ($32,756)

• Child Care, Wilkes-Barre YMCA ($48,579)

• Memberships, Wilkes-Barre YMCA ($36,942)

• Outpatient Services, Wyoming Valley Alcohol & Drug ($52,196)

• Prevention Programs, Wyoming Valley Alcohol & Drug ($15,600)

• Early Intervention, Wyoming Valley Children’s Association ($131,897)

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