The board of directors of the United Way of NNY on Aug. 8 approved 45 grants totaling $472,198 that will benefit the working poor in Jefferson, Lewis and St Lawrence counties.

The amount is $27,187 higher than last year's total.

The funds were generated by business campaigns, individual giving, corporate gifts, state employee campaigns and additional funding provided by the United Way.

Following recommendations from volunteers of nine Community Review Committees, the board authorized grants totalling $135,800 for crisis care and $131,176 for programs that benefit youths. Grants for senior citizens, transportation and substance abuse programs were also made.

The various Salvation Army units in the region will receive a combined $54,300, the Watertown and Carthage Family Ys will receive $47,000, Volunteer Transportation Center will receive $41,800, Credo will receive $27,830, Catholic Charities will receive $27,500, and the American Red Cross and Literacy of NNY will receive $24,000 each. The Resolution Center will receive $23,000 and the SoZo Teen Center will receive $21,000.

"Our review committees also asked that we significantly increase our support for Mental Health of Jefferson County and the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired." said Bob Gorman, CEO of the United Way of NNY. "I was also happy to see that our board voted to provide grants to two new United Way partners, the Boys and Girls Club of Massena and GardenShare."

Agencies that received 100 percent of their grant request were; New Day Children's Center, Mental Health Association of Jefferson County, Family Counseling Center, Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, CASA, Youth Court, Massena Salvation Army, Ogdensburg Boys & Girls Club, Renewal House in Canton and Volunteer Transportation in Jefferson and Lewis counties.

"We receive many individual and corporate gifts, but payroll deduction continues to generate most of the money we raise," said Gorman. "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."

19 August 2016