United Way gives $50K in grants for nonprofit organizations

By Jillian Marshall

July 31, 2014 Updated Jul 31, 2014 at 6:34 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) For more than 20 years the United Way of Broome County has been helping nonprofit organizations stay afloat in the Southern Tier. This year, they gave thousands to six local programs to help them thrive in the community.

Thanks to the United Way of Broome County and the Helen T Howland Foundation, $50,000 is going to six local organizations: Broome County Council of Churches, Center for Employment Opportunities, Family Enrichment Network, Mom's House of Johnson City, The Danielle House and Rural Health Network of South Central New York.

The 2014 Venture and Special Assistance grant award ceremony was held Thursday morning. The money helps fun, new and innovative programs.

"United Way is the largest funder of human service programs after government funding, so that means we really have the opportunity to make a real impact in the community and this is one way we can do that," said Alan Hertel, Executive Director of the United Way of Broome County.

The largest award went to Rural Health Network of South Central New York. It will help with its Rural Broome Counts program.

"There are about 50,000 Broome County residents that live in rural Broome - townships of 200 people per square mile or less - and we think it's really important to really understand their needs," said Jack Salo, Executive Director of Rural Health Network of South Central New York.

The United Way and the foundation gave the network $16,164.

"We want to spend considerable time on the front end, asking the question 'what do we really need to know in order to better serve the needs of rural Broome County?'" Salo added.

Other 2014 Venture and Special Assistance Program projects include:

The Broome County Council of Churches "Chow Community Food Bus" received $10,575. The bus will be a mobile farm stand that will travel between neighborhoods.

Center for Employment Opportunities was granted $10,000 for "Comprehensive Employment Reentry Services for Broome County Residents." This will help CEO provide more employment services to men and women under criminal justice supervision.

$8,761 went to Family Enrichment Network for "Math Starts." The program is an early childhood mathematics program that will be in Head Start and Pre-K classrooms in Binghamton and Johnson City School Districts.

Mom's House of Johnson City's "Training and Education" program was granted $3,500, which will fund two years of training and education for the childcare and administrative staff.

The Danielle House was given $1,000 for "New Mattresses, Box Springs and Cots" which will go toward finishing guest rooms.

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