The United Way of NNY has announced it will award $430,000 in 2018 grants to its partner agencies in Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties.

This represents a 14 percent increase over grant payouts in 2017, said Robert D. Gorman, CEO of the United Way of NNY. The money was generated primarily through payroll deduction at north country businesses, hospitals and colleges.

Patrick Signor, United Way board chair, said that while the United Way is awarding more money this year, the requests from nonprofits continue to grow.

"We had 48 funding requests this year that totaled $730,000," said Signor. "Our human service nonprofits are looking for more United Way support every year, which we can provide if more people support the United Way."

The breakdown in grants was recommended by nine review panels of volunteers from all three counties, and then finalized by the United Way Board of Directors in October and November.

"Our review committees requested increases in several areas," said Gorman. "The American Red Cross is receiving $30,000 this year, which is a 50 percent increase from last year. Our review committees recognized that the national Red Cross was spending so much money on hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico that there was going to be less money available to send here for our families after home fires and other disasters.

Child care and youth programs, including in-school counseling programs, are receiving a combined $125,500 in the region.

This includes the Family Y in Watertown, Carthage and Sackets Harbor, the Boys & Girls Clubs in Ogdensburg and Massena and Double Play Sports in Lowville," said Gorman.

Crisis care continues to get major support with the Salvation Army chapters, Catholic Charities and Watertown Urban Mission receiving a combined $93,000.

Other significant regional grants include $31,500 for the Volunteer Transportation Center, and $30,500 for Credo Community Center. New grants are being given to North County Family Health and the Victims Assistance Center, which is opening Child Advocacy Centers in all three counties.

To see a video on the nonprofit partners of the United Way of NNY, go to:

The United Way this year also helped raise $30,000 for the Food 4 Families Food Pantry at the Watertown City School District, and another $10,000 for food pantries in the three counties.

The United Way of NNY also administered the $1 million Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative on behalf of the City of Watertown this year, and oversaw that regional State Employees Federated Appeal this year that raised more than $100,000 for nonprofits here and around the country.

Read grant details HERE .

17 November 2017