WILKES-BARRE – More than 21 area nonprofits will receive grants from the United Way of Wyoming Valley, totaling more than $1.2 million dollars worth of aid.
The group’s board of directors approved 37 grants at its May 24 meeting. It marks the second year in a two-year funding cycle under the new focus area of reducing childhood poverty while maintaining continued support for Safety Net programs and services.
The United Way awarded the grants to programs focused on reducing childhood poverty across Wyoming Valley along with support for safety net services. Each project met criteria under one of its four impact areas – education, financial stability, health and the safety net.
“We continue to advance our Poverty to Possibility movement by supporting evidence-based programs aimed at helping at-risk children and showing their families pathways to self-sufficiency, along with safety net programs for the most vulnerable in our community,” said Bill Jones, President and CEO of the United Way of Wyoming Valley.
The board of approved the funding based on the recommendations of United Way Community Investment Committees in each area. Volunteers with expertise in their respective areas did extensive evaluation of proposals submitted by the nonprofits.