United Way awards Venture Grants

Jun. 18, 2013 @ 05:25 PM

Posting records for the past three years with its campaign, United Way of Greater High Point has shared the wealth with the community.
For the second year in a row, UWGHP was able to award $45,285 in Venture Grants to 10 nonprofit agencies, nine of which are not partner agencies.
Venture Grants are small, one-time grants that are designed to meet emerging or unmet needs like starting a new community program, purchasing equipment or supplies, and helping with administrative expenses so programs can continue with proper staffing.

Community Outreach of Archdale-Trinity
Grant Amount: $10,000
Program Description: C.O.A.T. is a Christian ministry of churches, service organizations, businesses and individuals in the Archdale-Trinity area who provide assistance for individuals and families in need. Venture Grant funds will be used to support COAT’s Emergency Financial Assistance program, which helps clients in crisis pay for food, housing, utilities and other emergencies.

Guilford County Department of Public Health
Grant Amount: $5,835.00
Program Description: This Venture Grant will support the Centering Pregnancy® group prenatal care & education program in High Point — an evidence-based model with proven success in reducing the rates of premature births and low birth weight infants. Funds also will be used for training, equipment and supplies.

Jamestown Public Library
Grant Amount: $2,000
Program Description: The library will use its Venture Grant funds to buy Family Adventure Packs for Pre-K through fifth-grade students in order to encourage literacy and parental involvement in a fun and educational way.

Mary’s Homes
Grant Amount: $3,200
Program Description: Mary’s Homes is a housing voucher program for homeless mothers and their children in High Point that offers an environment of addiction recovery with supportive services. Mary’s Homes has six housing vouchers in High Point, all of which are filled. To address the waiting list for services, Mary’s Homes’ Venture Grant award will provide matching funds to bring six more vouchers to High Point and the surrounding communities. This will bring over $118,000 in new federal funds to the Greater High Point community.

Mental Health Associates of the Triad
Grant Amount: $4,000
Program Description: Mental Health Associates of the Triad’s mission is to provide high-quality mental health treatment services to the severely and persistently mentally ill residents in the Triad.  There have been significant financial changes in North Carolina’s mental health system — mainly the dismantling of public mental health services. MHA’s Venture Grant funds to assist them in purchasing an Electronic Records Management System which will allow them to communicate better with other funders and local providers.

Piedmont Health Services & Sickle Cell Agency
Grant Amount: $3,250
Program Description:  PHSSCA provides outreach and education services to populations at the highest risk of having health problems — primarily HIV/AIDS, Sickle Cell and other chronic diseases — for more than 40 years. PHSSCA will use its Venture Grant to replace its 15-year-old phone system.

Reach Out & Read
Grant Amount: $1,000
Program Description: ROR is an innovative, national partnership of community advocates and medical providers designed to “prescribe” books in pediatric exam rooms to low-income families with young children in order to encourage early literacy and school readiness. Venture Grant funds will be used to purchase books to support ROR’s partnership with Archdale-Trinity Pediatrics.

West End Ministries
Grant Amount: $3,000
Program Description: West End Ministries, an organization that offers food, shelter, clothing and education outreach, has made a commitment to address this issue Has been awarded a Venture Grant to support “Notebook 101: Life Skills Every Young Man Should Know,” a monthly program that allows young men to meet adult mentors that teach them basic life skills from changing a tire to pursuing higher education.

YMCA of High Point Association
Grant Amount: $8,000
Program Description: The YMCA of High Point Association operates three branches in the Greater High Point area whose goals are to promote youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. To meet these goals and an unfortunate and growing need, they have partnered with Darkness to Light to offer childhood sexual abuse prevention and awareness training to various organizations in the community.  With the Venture Grant award, the United Way of Greater High Point is the lead first-year sponsor of these trainings.

YWCA of High Point
Grant Amount: $5,000
Program Description: The YWCA of High Point will use its Venture Grant to buy a pool lift to increase aquatics accessibility for all members of the Greater High Point community — especially those with a disability that may limit where they can swim.  This will be a Challenge Grant for half of the total amount needed to purchase the lift, and the YWCA is responsible for raising the remainder of the money.
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