Last month the Greenwich United Way CEO, David Rabin, announced the second annual round of grant extensions to partner agency grantees. A total of 16 agencies were provided additional funding for programs that meet local health, education and self-sufficiency needs. The distribution of funds for each program reflects the recommendations of the volunteers who participated in the 2017-2018 Community Investment Process and Greenwich United Way Grant's committee.
In a letter to all Greenwich United Way Extension Grant Recipients, Greenwich United Way CEO, David Rabin, wrote "While recognizing that there will never be enough dollars to fully satisfy every pressing need we strive to serve the greatest number of people coping with the most significant issues as identified it through the Greenwich United Way 2016 Assessment of Human Services Needs and State of Greenwich Statistical Portrait (Needs assessment)".
Grant Extension recipients include Kids in Crisis, emergency shelter program; Family Centers, Behavioral Health program; Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, Bridge to Success, a tutoring program; Pacific House, Young Adult Program, Pathways, Inc, art therapy, music therapy, creative writing and CPU skills training; Transportation Association of Greenwich, Dial-a-Ride program; Abilis, workforce development program; Community Centers Inc., What’s Next program to include more students; Laurel House, free Thinking Well sessions; Liberation Programs, existing programs; Sexual Assault Crisis and Education Center, Spanish-language services; YWCA Greenwich, Domestic Abuse Services; Jewish Family Services of Greenwich, Supermarketing for Seniors program; Neighbor to Neighbor, “Supplies for Success” new school supplies for students; YMCA of Greenwich, early childhood education programs; and River House, transportation for their seniors.
In February, the Greenwich United Way invested a total of $750,000 into local programs across 17 partner agencies. Agencies with programs that received grants include Abilis, Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut Inc., Community Centers Inc. of Greenwich, Family Centers, Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, Jewish Family Services of Greenwich, Kids In Crisis, Liberation Programs, Neighbor to Neighbor, Pacific House, Pathways, Inc., River House Adult Day Center, Sexual Assault Crisis Center, Transportation Association of Greenwich (TAG), YMCA of Greenwich, and YWCA of Greenwich.
Each agency applied to receive a grant for one program through the Greenwich United Way’s Community Investment Process. Each year, volunteers serving on the Community Investment Process committee review grant applications from human services agencies that serve Greenwich residents. The process involves reviewing grant proposals from local agencies and visiting program sites. Following this intensive dive into the financials, applications and other data and in-person site visits, trained volunteers use their knowledge and expertise to recommend funding to the Greenwich United Way Board of Directors. The Community Investment Process is guided by the research of local needs as published in Greenwich United Way Needs Assessment Report and Executive Summary.
"I'm so grateful to our donors, volunteers, and staff for working together to make this second round of Extension Grants possible," said Greenwich United Way CEO, David Rabin. He continued, "There are serious issues in our community that must be addressed and I'm very proud of the work Greenwich United Way is doing to meet these critical needs. We have a passionate and dedicated Board that I'm honored to work with as we fund programs that are making a huge impact. Our periodic Needs Assessment is at the heart of what we do and our volunteer-powered Community Investment Process is instrumental in making sure that the investments we make are effective. This system enables us to provide the lasting results our donors expect. We are very fortunate to call Greenwich home and I believe it's due to a town-wide philanthropic spirit that is dedicated to quality of life for all".
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