By ELI ANDERSON TIMES STAFF WRITER FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2015

 

The United Way of Northern New York has approved $437,511 in grants to aid nonprofit organizations in the tri-county region. Funding was announced Thursday evening at the United Way’s Leadership Reception, held at the home of Edward J. and Tracy H. Valentine, Watertown.

CEO Robert D. Gorman said the main goal of the grant program is to ensure nonprofits have the resources they need to help the working poor get back on their feet. “It’s a hand up, not a handout,” he said.

This year, a total of 42 nonprofits received grant money from the United Way, 34 of which received increases from last year. Eight applicants were given 100 percent of the amount they requested, including the Watertown/Carthage Family Y; Credo Community Center, Watertown; Watertown Urban Mission; Family Counseling Service of Northern New York, Watertown, Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club and the St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House, Canton.

The Watertown/Carthage Family Y was awarded $59,000. CEO Peter W. Schmitt said the grant will help to make programs offered at the Y accessible to all members of the community. “It keeps our doors open to everyone,” he said. “We’re very pleased with the continuing support of the United Way.”

Ilene J. Burke, executive director of the St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House, also was pleased her organization received $8,000, the amount for which it applied. “We are very excited to once again receive funding from the United Way of Northern New York, in support of the crucial services Renewal House provides in St. Lawrence County,” she said in an email to the Times.

Renewal House provides services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in St. Lawrence County. Ms. Burke said advocates travel across the county to provide services and attend trainings.

“This year, the total amount of funding will be allocated to assist Renewal House with these travel costs,” she said.

Literacy of Northern New York received a $24,000 grant this year. With offices in Watertown, Lowville and Potsdam, the organization provides services to adults who need help with reading, writing or English as a second language.

“We’ve been lucky to get annual United Way funding,” Executive Director M. Cecilia Brock said. “It supports our basic reading, writing and ESL programs.”

Mrs. Brock said United Way grants are particularly useful because they provide needed funds at the beginning of every month.

“It’s a reliable funding source,” she said.

Mr. Gorman said grant funds increased $81,511 from last year. He said generous donations from dozens of employee campaigns played a big part in this year’s success.

“We receive many individual and corporate gifts, but payroll deduction continues to generate most of the money we raise,” he said in a news release. “When businesses, schools and hospitals run United Way campaigns, we see dramatic increases in what we are able to do for the working poor of the region.”

This year, New York Air Brake led the region for employee contributions to the United Way, donating $58,714. Employees from various departments of Samaritan Health Systems were not far behind, contributing $57,983.

The first round of grants, which are distributed monthly, will begin Aug. 1.

Grant recipients

A list of nonprofit organizations receiving grants from the United Way of Northern New York, followed by the amount awarded:

Jefferson County

Watertown/Carthage Family Y, $59,000

Salvation Army Watertown, $33,000

Volunteer Transportation Center, $28,000

Credo Community Center, $25,000

Literacy of Northern New York, $24,000

Children’s Home of Jefferson County/SoZo Teen Center, $21,000

Watertown Urban Mission, $21,000

Meals on Wheels, $18,511

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), $15,500

Family Counseling Service of Northern New York, $15,000

Catholic Charities, $14,000

American Red Cross, $13,700

Pivot Prevention and Health Services, $7,000

Habitat for Humanity, $7,000

Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County, $6,000

ACR Health, $5,000

Wilna-Champion Transportation, $5,000

Jefferson County Youth Court, $4,500

New Day Children’s Center, $3,000

Girl Scouts, $3,000

Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired of Jefferson County, $3,000

Salvation Army Empire State, $2,000

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County, $2,000

Lewis County

Lewis County Opportunities, $9,800

Mountain View Prevention Services, $9,000

Volunteer Transportation Center, $6,700

Double Play Sports Community Center, $2,000

American Red Cross, $2,000

Hand in Hand Early Childhood Center, $1,500

Salvation Army Empire State, $1,000

St. Lawrence County

Salvation Army Massena, $12,000

Catholic Charities, $11,500

St. Lawrence County Community Development Program, $10,900

St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House, $8,000

ACR Health, $5,900

American Red Cross, $5,500

Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club, $5,500

Salvation Army Ogdensburg, $3,500

Volunteer Transportation Center, $3,000

Girl Scouts, $2,200

Salvation Army Empire State, $1,500

St. Lawrence Senior Citizens, $500

30 September 2015

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