Education is one of the key components of the United Way of Crawford County, so it makes sense the group is seeking to better inform the public about the programs it supports as it prepares for the future.
The United Way supports the work of the 20 programs and agencies sponsored by the United Way through annual grants, as well as looking for longer-term investments.
United Way strives to partner with interested groups, communities, and organizations that support the primary pillars of United Way. Besides education, these pillars are health, income stabilization and emergency assistance.
"Impacting youth and adults in providing needed services and support is essential in our work within the pillar of education," said board president John Spitz.
A total of $177,000 is distributed to assist educational programs here. The agencies and programs that reflect this investment include:
NOW - Nutrition on Weekends nutrition programs in Hutsonville and Palestine that ensure youth have needed and adequate healthy funds outside of the school day.
Imagination Library - The Dolly Parton Foundation program places free monthly books in the hands of families of children from birth to age 5. This program encourages family participation in promoting reading readiness and increases youth succeeding in elementary school and beyond.
Lawrence/Crawford Association of Exceptional Citizens - The association provides discreet and separate educational activities and scholarships that allow exceptional citizens to progress to their highest degree of employment and independence.
Boy Scouts/Girls Scouts - offer educational programs and socialization activities for numerous county youths and encourage citizenship and volunteer spirit.
GED scholarship and Improving Lives scholarship programs - Offered through the Lincoln Trail College Foundation. United Way supports opportunities that encourage participation and access to numerous citizens to complete GED status and to participate in college and technical training without boundaries.
United Way grants, awarded each spring, are funded through donations made by local citizens, organizations and employee campaign contributions.
In return, the United Way board, agencies and volunteers have been listening to public input provided information through "Community Conversations" conducted during the past two years.
United Way is also looking to help the community through its annual Day of Caring efforts which this year will be focused on the four primary communities of Crawford County.
The group is soliciting projects that will be prioritized and assigned to various volunteers during this year's weeklong effort starting Monday, June 5.