Today, United Way of Broome County and the Helen T. Howland Foundation have agreed to provide Venture and Special Assistance Grants, totaling $70,139, to 8 programs. Recipient programs are either innovative, new human service programs in Broome County or special one-time purchases and projects that demonstrate a high level of need and also fit within focus areas defined within the United Way’s Community Investment Strategy Report.
At the heart of the United Way’s Community Investment Strategy is commitment to mobilizing the caring power of Broome County to advance the common good. The United Way believes the betterment of the community can be achieved by focusing on three basic building blocks: Education, Income, & Health. Grants awarded as part of the 2012 Venture and Special Assistance Program address these three building blocks through programs in General Health & Wellness, Youth Mental Health, Chemical Dependency Prevention, Physical Fitness, and Adult Literacy.
The following 8 projects will be funded:
• Venture grant to Fairview Recovery Services, Inc. to implement an equine assisted therapy project. The project will assist clients in their recovery by developing confidence and coping skills. ($4,000)
• Venture grant to the Family and Children’s Society, Inc. to develop an ADHD specialty clinic. This project will serve children & youth in our community by training existing clinical staff at Family and Children’s Society to provide comprehensive assessments/diagnosis, evidenced based treatment, and clinical consultations to schools and area physicians. ($9,871)
• Venture grant to the Handicapped Children’s Association for the purchase of iPads. This project will allow HCA consumers with autism to better communicate with staff and others around them using a mix of visual and audio cues. ($12,698)
• Venture grant to Southern Tier Alternative Therapies (STAT) for the “Taking Strides to Communicate” program. This project will build on STAT’s existing equine therapy program for non-verbal and low-verbal youth between the ages of 3 and 6 by incorporating a communication/literacy development component utilizing Augmentative Alternative Communication (a speech generating device). ($12,540)
• Special assistance grant to the Jewish Community Center of Binghamton to expand the fitness equipment suite. This project will allow the JCC to expand their current fitness suite by adding new fitness equipment, providing an opportunity to reduce early childhood obesity and encourage continual physical activity. ($6,740)
• Special assistance grant to Planned Parenthood of South Central NY to purchase five new health center exam tables. ($7,290)
• Special assistance grant to the Association for Vision Rehabilitation & Employment for educational programming titled “Coming Out of the Dark About Vision Loss”. The project will provide community education about vision loss and introduce individuals with vision loss to the wide range of services and supports available to aid them in their daily living. The project will include the airing of a documentary on WSKG, panel discussion, and vision health fair. ($5,000)
• Venture grant to the Family Enrichment Network for the adult literacy program.The project will expand their Adult Literacy Program to help meet the needs of the whole community by helping to increase the proficiency skills of over 100 community residents. ($12,000)
Congratulations to all of the agencies who were awarded a grant, and a special thanks to the JCC for hosting the event and our friends at WBNG, Fox 40, and WNBF for helping us get the word out!