EFSP Applications Available

McKean County has been awarded $8,681 in federal funding through the SSA (state set-aside) process under Phase 32 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). This award will supplement emergency food and shelter programs in McKean County.

The National Board is comprised of representatives from health and human service agencies across the country. The United States Congress appropriates funds annually to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas nationally.

The local board, made up of representatives from McKean County, will determine how the funds will be distributed. Local agency representation includes The Salvation Army, McKean/Potter Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross, United Way of the Bradford Area, Catholic Charities, Ministerial Association and the YWCA of Bradford.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local organizations chosen to receive the funds must: 1) be private, voluntary non-profit organizations or units of government, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice non-discrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and 5) must have a voluntary board (if they are a private, voluntary organization). Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary organizations interested in applying for EFSP funds must contact the United Way of the Bradford Area at 368-6181 or admin@uwbanews.org. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

For more information, please contact Mandi Wilton Davis, Executive Director at the United Way.

UWBA Allocates $16,000 In First Quarter Grants

The United Way of the Bradford Area recently disbursed $16,000 to local organizations through the first quarter Community Innovations and Community Impact grants.

Receiving Community Impact funds were: Bradford Regional Little League – safety nets; Dickinson Center – participant celebrations; McKean County Special Olympics – aquatics program; Bradford YMCA – Kids Fest.

Funded from Community Innovations grants were: Bradford Area Public Library – science discovery program materials; McKean County Cooperative Extension – Donald J. Comes Natural Resources Learning Center; CARE for Children – speech and language evaluation and testing materials; Bradford Ecumenical Home, Inc. – “It’s Never 2 Late” cognitive program.

The UWBA recently altered the funding streams, adding the Community Impact model and revising the Community Innovations model. The next deadline for applications to be received is April 1, 2015. Both Impact and Innovations applications may be received by visiting United Way’s website at www.uwbanews.org, the United Way office, or by request at admin@uwbanews.org. Along with the application, it is being requested of applicants that a detailed budget of planned expenditures be included.

All applications are reviewed by a committee comprised of United Way Board members, with recommendations being presented to the full board for final approval. For more information regarding the application process, please contact the United Way.

Smethport Campaign Closes at 92% of Goal

The Smethport Campaign for United Way officially closed the 2014 campaign, having raised $13,800 of the $15,000 goal.

“I am very proud of the success of the Smethport campaign, even though we did not reach the monetary goal,” said Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis. “Aside from raising more than we have since we began managing the solicitation efforts in Smethport, we increased our donor base, and have established relationships that we will continue to grow and foster, which will only lead to future successes.”

Since 2012, the Smethport Campaign for United Way has seen an increased goal annually, and Davis feels confidently that $15,000 is attainable for the 2015 campaign.

“The residents of Smethport and the surrounding communities have shown how generous they are over the past several years,” said Davis, “and we know they feel very strongly about impacting the lives of their family, friends and neighbors through the agencies funded from our annual appeal.”

The allocation process will be different for agencies looking to benefit from the 2014 campaign, says Davis. Officials have set a deadline of June 1st for applications to be received at the United Way office, with disbursement of funds to take place monthly from July 1 through December 1. That application will be made available on the United Way website on April 1st.