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 is focused solely on the specific community needs. These needs are identified by data, frequently updated studies, and most importantly, listening to local individuals, families, and leaders. These funds come from area business and individual giving. 100% funds raised with this campaign go directly to organizations and programs serving residents of Warren, Henderson, and Mercer Counties. A committee consisting of community leaders reviews funding proposal requests and facilitates interviews if necessary, to determine how campaign funds will be allocated. The application for this funding opens every spring and then again every fall.
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 United Way of Greater Warren County, her dedication and inspiration continues to provide service to thousands in Warren County each and every year. Upon announcement, United Way of Greater Warren County accepts applications from Warren County non-profits who have served the community for three or more years. Helen Bersted Memorial Grant Awards do not exceed $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 nonprofits 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. Emergency grants are reviewed upon request and limited to $10,000 each year. They are only available to local nonprofits and must be determined to be within guidelines to be awarded.
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 organizations, if any, are eligible for distribution of these funds. United Way of Greater Warren County facilitates this distribution for programs in this community.
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