For the Troy Daily News
TROY — After a successful completion to the 2015-2016 campaign, the United Way of the Troy, has announced that it will distribute nearly $685,000 in grants to the community this year.
“We saw a decrease in the contributions to our campaign this year, but we were pleased with the overall success of this year’s campaign and, as a direct result of our community’s generosity, we will be distributing grants to 32 deserving organizations,” said Richard Bender, United Way of Troy’s executive director. “All of these organizations work hard to improve the quality of life for our community’s residents”
As part of United Way of Troy’s allocation process, more than 20 volunteers met with representatives of every local charity seeking United Way funding. Each program was evaluated for its efficiency of operation, financial accountability, impact within the community and alignment with United Way’s focus areas of education, health and financial stability.
“Each year, contributors to our campaign entrust us to invest campaign contributions in a manner that will do the most good within our local community,” said Maurice Sadler, chairman of United Way’s Board of Directors. “The volunteers took on the difficult task of determining grant amounts with passion and purpose. They reviewed every application and made site visits to interview each agency. The requests for funding totaled more than the available amount, so the panels had some difficult decisions to make. The various programs all provide valuable services to the residents of Troy/Miami County. Unfortunately, it is impossible to meet 100 percent of each request.”
Sadler praised the process.
“The board considers investing the dollars contributed to United Way’s annual campaign its most important work. I continue to be impressed with the volunteer’s thoroughness and thoughtfulness when evaluating the programs. They understand they represent the thousands of individuals who generously donate to United Way and they take the responsibility seriously to effectively put those dollars into positive actionm,” he said. “This was a year of challenge and fulfillment. It was a challenge to review all of the requests and schedule the visits. It was a year of fulfillment, as the most effective and efficient local programs will receive much needed funding to continue their work for the people in our community. The process always leaves me with a feeling of accomplishment.”
United Way funds will be distributed to the local agencies that provide programs and services that improve the quality of life for the community’s residents.
“This group of agencies has been through a strenuous process to prove to the community that they are outstanding organizations,” Bender said.
The following are United Way’s 2016-2017 funded partner agencies:
• Altrusa Mobile Meals
• American Red Cross
• Big Brothers/Big Sisters
• Boy Scouts Miami Valley Council
• Child Care Choices
• Dolly Parton Imagination Library
• Dream Builders /The Clubhouse
• Family Abuse Shelter
• Family Services
• Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
• Health Partners Free Clinic
• Hospice of Miami County
• Lincoln Community Center
• Miami County Dental Clinic
• Miami County Recovery
• Miami County Rehabilitation Center Miami County Well Child Clinic
• Miami County YMCA
• New Creation Counseling
• Partners In Hope
• St. Patrick Soup Kitchen
• The Future Begins Today
• The New Path
• Troy Nursing and Troy Milk Fund
• Troy Playground
• Troy Rec
• Troy Senior Citizens Center
2016 Community Impact Grants were awarded to:
• Dolly Parton Imagination Library
• Kids Read Now
• Rides to Work Program
For more information on the United Way of Troy, visit unitedwayoftroy.org.