United Way of Weld County funding more than $3.5 million for community programs in 2015-16

United Way of Weld County has announced that its 2015-16 program year investments are furthering community and collective impact throughout Weld County. The value of its 2015-16 commitment is $3,501,213.

United Way of Weld County President and CEO Jeannine Truswell said that trained and dedicated community volunteers are at the center of all resource investment decision making. Plus, an all-volunteer board of directors provides oversight to all aspects of the organization, including setting funding priorities and ultimately determining in what programs investments are made.

Each United Way program investment addresses one or more funding priorities that make community wide advancements in Education, Income, Health or Access to Services. In an average year, one in four Weld County residents is assisted by services in which United Way invests.

“In addition to this robust 2015-16 community investment, we are especially pleased with new partnerships related to decision making and accountability. For one, the Better Business Bureau serving northern Colorado and Wyoming is now conducting organizational assessments for us. This helps ensure we are funding well-managed agency programs,” Truswell said. “Also, invested in programs will be reporting to the Thriving Weld County Community Dashboard, a resource being made available through the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment and North Colorado Health Alliance with additional leadership from North Range Behavioral Health. The dashboard will help United Way track funded-program progress and make efforts more visible to the community.”

Lyle SmithGraybeal, vice president of community impact for United Way of Weld County, said United Way is excited to begin partnering with new innovative programs as well as to continue its partnerships with programs that have had a consistent Weld County presence in achieving results.

“United Way volunteers made good and balanced decisions in the Education, Income, and Health areas,” SmithGraybeal said. “Newly invested programs include an organic food for local schools garden initiative at Greeley-Evans School District 6; Hope @ Miracle House, a transitional housing resource in Fort Lupton for families experiencing homelessness; and Crayons to Calculators, a school supplies program that serves lower income children in the Carbon Valley. Additionally, community volunteers decided to invest in existing partner programs at Boys and Girls Club of Weld County, Catholic Charities, SAVA Center, Weld Food Bank and a number of other initiatives.”

Truswell said United Way of Weld County also distributes designated contributions to nonprofit programs, not only in Weld County but to wherever the donor directs.

For a breakout of program funding click here