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NORMAN — United Way of Norman will provide $33,800 more to nonprofit organizations in the community this year. A total of $1.233 million in grants will be awarded to 26 local agencies, including an innovation grant to be presented later this year.

“We are excited to award more money to these deserving organizations this year,” United Way of Norman President Daren Wilson said. “We are thankful for the generosity of our community that makes that possible and the hard work of all the volunteers on the 2018 campaign.”

Grants to the 26 agencies will fund 40 specific programs.

“United Way of Norman will be able to impact the lives of more than 54,000 people through the efforts of our funded partners and our own community initiative work,” Wilson said.

All agencies requesting funding go through a rigorous application process led by volunteer community leaders on the United Way of Norman’s Impact Councils. Volunteers spend hours discussing the proposals, interviewing agency staff and reviewing program information and financials. They then make funding recommendations to the United Way of Norman Board of Directors for final approval.

“As a volunteer, I take great pride in being a part of the funding process,” said Jim Wilson, Education Impact Council chair. “It is impressive to see how lucky Norman is to have such amazing organizations in our community that support people in need.”

“It is also extremely impressive to see how dedicated all the United Way staff and volunteers are in the funding process,” Wilson said. “Being a part of this process reminds me why I choose to make Norman my home.”

The following programs will receive funding from United Way of Norman for Fiscal Year 2020. Funding decisions are divided into four Impact Areas: education, financial stability, health and independence. Funding begins July 1.

Education

• Big Brothers Big Sisters — One-to-One Mentoring

• Bridges — Student Essential Needs

• Center for Children and Families Inc. — Boys and Girls Club, Early Childhood Education and Parent Support Services

• Community After School Program (CASP) — Be Smart Club

• Loveworks Leadership — After School Leadership Program

Provides a safe place full of mentors for students to enhance their leadership skills and character development after school.

Financial stability

• ABLE — Vocational Program

• Catholic Charities — Sanctuary Women’s Development Center

• Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency — Utility Assistance

• Food and Shelter Inc. — Food & Outreach

• Legal Aid — Legal Aid to Low Income Individuals

• The Salvation Army — Emergency Shelter, Social Services

• Thunderbird Clubhouse — Building Financial Wellness

Health

• Among Friends — Health & Wellness Program

• Bethesda — Outreach & Prevention, Therapeutic Counseling

• Bridges — Non-Residential Program Support

• Center for Children and Families Inc. — Healing and Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

• CASP — Be Fit Club

• Kaleidoscope — Grief Counseling and Support

• Mary Abbott Children’s House — Medical Assessment

• Parents Helping Parents — Parent Helpline & Outreach

• South Central CASA of Oklahoma — Court Appointed Special Advocates

• Thunderbird Clubhouse — Health and Wellness

• Transition House — Community Outreach, Transitional Living

• Variety Care — Dental Program, Medical Program

• The Virtue Center — Adult and Family Addiction Treatment and Education, Adolescent Addiction and Treatment

• Women’s Resource Center — Family Violence Shelter, Rape Crisis Center

Independence

• ABLE — Residential Program

• Aging Services — Housekeeping Services

• Among Friends — Activity Center, After School & Summer Program

• Full Circle — DHS Scholarship Program

• Meals on Wheels — Meal Delivery

• Project Outreach — Disability Daycare for Children

The United Way of Norman fights for better education, financial stability, health and independence for every person in our community. Its mission is to unite and strengthen the community by empowering each person to change lives. United Way of Norman funds 40 programs at 26 local nonprofit organizations and manages community initiatives to fill gaps between community needs and agency response.

For more information, visit unitedwaynorman.org.

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