Local groups receive funding from United Way
Two organizations in the region were the recipients of generous donations from theUnited Way of Newfoundland and Labrador last week.
The CBN Lightening Sports Club in North River received $ 5,000 for itsEverybody Can Play! program, while theSPLASH Centre in Harbour Grace was given$3,000. The SPLASH Centre is run by the Harbour GraceCommunity Youth Network.
The funds were distributed under the United Way’s community fund granting process, and were graciously welcomed by officials with the two groups.
CBN Lighting club president Robert Tarrrant called the donation a “ huge step forward.”
He said the grant will help remove barriers that sometimes prevent some children from becoming involved in organized sports.
“Children and adults with disabilities are often overlooked in organized sport, and together CBN Lightening and United Way are hoping that we can build a program that encourages and supports those individuals to play and participate fully in our communities,” Tarrant said.
SPLASH Centre director Danita Power said the Community Youth Network would not be able to fulfill its mission of improving the lives of local youth without partners like the United Way.
“After hearing about funding available through United Way’s community fund grants, we saw that their goals are the same as ours — to make our community a great place it has to be great for everyone.”
Power said the funding will help the centre sustain its supper program, which provides hot meals, free-ofcharge, to any youth who wishes to eat.
“ Members don’t just get a hot meal, they also learn about food etiquette, manners, and life and socialization skills,” Power explained.
Power added that the funding will have an impact on the lives of young people for a very long time.
Thanks to the success of its 2009 campaign, United Way’s community fund is able to provide almost $400,000 to 47 community groups and registered charities throughout the province this year.
Funding is based on an application process, and is allocated based on priorities set by United Way; including strengthening neighbourhoods, children and youth and supporting seniors.
The United Way of Canada - Centraide Canada Movement is made up of 117 volunteer-based United Ways - Centraides (UWs-Cs) located in 10 provinces and two territories and a national organization, United Way of Canada - Centraide Canada.
Its mission is “ to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action.”
According to a news release,the UW-C movement is the largest nongovernment funder of the voluntary sector and social services in Canada.
Each year, UWs-Cs raise upwards of $440 million, the vast majority of which is reinvested in local communities to support programs and services directed at improving the social conditions of Canadians.
During its 2009 campaign, United Way of Newfoundland and Labrador raised over $ 800,000, which is directed to charities of the donor’s choice and to fund programs and services in communities. The community fund grants are the portion of campaign proceeds allocated directly to the United Way community fund.
A public call for proposals was issued last spring, and applications were reviewed by a committee of volunteers.
Kathryn Atkin, chair of the board of directors of the United Way of Newfoundland and Labrador, was on hand last week to present a cheque for $3,000 to the SPLASH Centre in Harbour Grace. Taking part in the presentation were, from left,Matthew King, Robyn Clarke,Kathryn Atkin and Courtney Bray.