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Applications for Barry County United Way funding for 2017-2018 are now available. The not-for-profit agencies that receive funding must provide services to Barry County residents in one of the four funding areas:

 

Helping youth achieve their full potential, supporting families to achieve well being and success, assisting senior adults find support and maintain independence or addressing urgent and emerging needs in Barry County.

Applications are available at the Barry County United Way, 231 South Broadway, Hastings, 49058 or at www.bcunitedway.org under the News tab at the top of the page. Completed applications are due by Dec. 1 at 5 p.m.

The Allocations Committee of some 30 local volunteers meet with applicants to evaluate the health and human service care programs, including how successful they are in improving the lives of our residents through measurable results. As a result, Barry County citizens in 2015 used the services of  the United Way and it’s partner agencies more than 79,000 times.
“This is possible thanks to the many contributions that are made throughout the United Way campaign currently under way in our community, Executive Director Lani Forbes said.

“The goal for this year’s campaign of $600,000 is based on what agencies have said they need to continue programming in our community,”  said Allocations Chair Courtney Collison. Currently the campaign is at $155,580.41 or 25.9 percent of the goal. “We are encouraged by the early support of the campaign,” he said. //

 

Those who would like to hold a United Way campaign at their place of business or to make a contribution, are asked to contact the BCUW at 269-945-4010. One hundred percent of non-designated contributions are distributed throughout our community thanks to the Florence Tyden Groos Endowment Fund held by the Barry Community Foundation.
Agencies applying for funding must be a health and human service charitable organization 501(c) 3 as determined by the Internal Revenue Service or be a 501(c), incorporated entity in the State of Michigan.  Questions? Call Forbes at (269)945-4010.

 

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