PRESS RELEASE - MARCH 1, 2016
March, 2016 – The United Way of Front Royal recently called an end to the 2015 campaign for 2016, and is pleased to report that more than 80% of the goal was reached, despite the goal having been set at its highest level EVER in the county, $166,000. This ambitious goal was based on the United Way’s strategic plan drafted by its volunteer Board. This strategic plan, available from the United Way for anyone who might be interested, calls for this United Way to be raising $225,000 by the year 2020.
As of January 31, 2016, almost $135,000 was raised to fund our health and human service agencies that are members of our United Way coalition. In addition, the United Way is hopeful of funding Community Impact grants again this year, having successfully launched this new initiative last year with 4 Community Impact grants, two of which went to non-member agencies the Warren Coalition and the Humane Society of Warren County.
“I'm very proud of our community and its efforts to help our United Way raise over $130k in our campaign,” noted current United Way President Bret W. Hrbek. “Unless otherwise designated, all money raised in Warren County stays in Warren County to help our neighbors struggling to provide the basic human needs for themselves and their families.”
“Our campaign efforts prove that when hundreds of people from all walks of life pool their resources we can make a real difference. Thank you, Front Royal and Warren County for helping us have a successful annual campaign.”
As always, our one-county United Way serves our neighbors here in Warren County only. Part of this year’s campaign funds will again go to our newest initiative, Community Impact funding.
“These new Community Impact grants are determined by the current needs to be identified here in Warren County that fall under one of our five priority areas for service: basic needs, abuse and neglect, health and mental health, dependent care (youth and elderly) and youth development/juvenile delinquency,” reiterated Executive Director Lee Smith Osina.
If your agency wants to launch a new program in any one of these areas, consider asking for a Community Impact grant for 2016-17. Applications for funding will be available in May, and any nonprofit 501 (c) (3) agency serving the people of Warren County is eligible for consideration.
Contact the United Way for more information.
Your United Way needs YOU!! Impact funding, like allocation funding, both depend on YOUR donations to our United Way, and we need YOU to continue this vital effort. When you give to the United Way campaign, you are helping to provide the means to improve, direct and enhance health and human services here in Warren County. Remember: if only ½ of the citizens gave $52 to the annual United Way campaign, we would have more than a million dollars to assist our neighbors. It all depends on YOU!! Please make your donation today...visit our web site to make an online donation, send a check or ask to be billed...any way you want, you can give to your neighbors.
The Front Royal United Way supports the effort of 11 health and human service agencies that provide services to Warren County residents. They are: Blue Ridge Housing Network, Blue Ridge Legal Services, Blue Ridge Opportunities, Concern Hotline, Front Royal Women’s Resource Center, Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, Healthy Families of the NSV, House of Hope, Mental Health America – Warren County, St. Luke Community Clinic and our newest initiative – the Phoenix Project.