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home : local news : local news July 21, 2017

4/21/2017 10:37:00 AM
United Way helps with 'hand up, not handout'
The United Way of Crawford County offers local residents help making ends meet.

"In order to be fully functional citizens in our community, some of our residents need assistance in meeting some of their basic needs for their family," local United Way board President John Spitz said.

"This is a major pillar to support groups that assist in giving people a hand up and not a handout," he added.

Income stabilization is one of the organization's four pillars. The other are education, health and emergency assistance.

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 health, these pillars are income stabilization, emergency assistance and education.

A total of $65,000 is distributed to assist income stabilization programs here, Spitz explained.

Agencies and programs that reflect this investment include:

• The Clothing Center Workshop, which provide basic personal clothing and living necessities.

• Catholic Charities Caritas Program , which helps with rent and utility pyaments.

• Catholic Charites Ramblin' Rose Program to provide school supplies, clothing and other basic necessities.

• Robinson Food Pantry.

• Palestine Food Pantry.

• Catholic Charities' Mobile Food Pantry. It serves isolated smaller communities in the county.

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 week-long effort starting Monday, June 5.

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