Lo­cal groups re­ceive fund­ing from United Way

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

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.

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