Having completed another successful campaign, officials with the United Way of the Bradford Area announced the first-quarter recipients of the organization’s Community Innovations funding, which includes four agencies which have not received funding in the past.
“The committee was pleased to receive applications from, and allocate funding to, some new agencies – as well as previous applicants – through the Community Innovations program,” said Marcia Avey, UWBA board member and Community Innovations committee chair. “As a result, we were able to provide local agencies with financial resources to implement or expand special programming or services that might otherwise be unavailable in our community.”
The recipients are: Bradford Ecumenical Home Inc. – sweet treats gala; Bradford Family YMCA – youth after-school program; CARE for Children – parent/professional training; Children’s Advocacy Center of McKean County – outreach programming; Dickinson Mental Health – holiday events; Growing With Grace Christian Preschool – security update; McKean County 4-H – adult leadership training; McKean County Historical Society – community programs; and McKean County Special Olympics – aquatics program.
“We are so grateful to all our donors for their support, which makes programs like these possible,” said Avey. Local non-profit, 501(c)3 agencies may submit a request for up to $1,500 per quarter. The category supports programs independent of those benefiting from monthly allocations that have the potential to impact the local community, encouraging innovative approaches to meeting service needs, and produce specific and measurable outcomes.
Pictured, United Way of the Bradford Area Executive Director, Mandi Wilton Davis (l) recently spent time at the Children’s Advocacy Center of McKean County with Director Mikele Bay (c) and Forensic Interviewer Mindi Brown (r). The CAC is one of the newest agencies to receive funding from the local United Way.
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