We continue to develop new community impact programs and funding opportunities, in cooperation with other community leaders. We are committed not only to raising funds for our member agencies with our annual campaign, but in creating new opportunities for the communities we serve.
Our Annual Community Impact Campaign sets an annual goal each year, based on area nonprofit funding requests. These funds come from area business and individual giving. A committee consisting of community leaders reviews funding proposal requests, facilitates interviews, and visits existing and/or potential nonprofit organizations and determines how campaign funds will be allocated. The application for this funding opens every spring, with allocations funds distributed the following calendar year. 100% of all campaign funds raised go directly to organizations serving residents of Warren County.
The Helen Bersted Memorial Grant was established in 2015 to honor the life and legacy of Warren County United Way's first, and long-time executive director, Helen Bersted. As one of the founding members of both Warren Achievement Center and Warren County United Way, her dedication and inspiration continues to provide service to thousands in Warren County each and every year. Each year, Warren County United Way accepts applications from any Warren County non-profit organization who has served the community for three or more years. This grant opportunity opens in the fall, and awards normally range between $500 and $1,500. Funds for this grant are made possible through the Len G. Everett endowment.
The Rapid Response & Emergency Funding Grants provide funding for qualifying nonprofit organizations in the event of unforeseen emergencies or special allocation needs. A serious financial problem or emergency situation is defined as, but not limited to: a breakdown of essential equipment; repairs that cannot go unattended without damaging the property; or an urgent community service need.
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program was established in 1983 in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Mamagement Agency (FEMA). Every year, a determination as to how much funding counties will receive. United Ways throughout the United States work with local boards to determine what orgnizations, if any, are eligible for distribution of these funds. Warren County United Way facilitiates this distribution for programs in this community.