Up to $10,000 in grant money is available to area organizations that provide services to Logan County youths through United Way’s unique Youth Allocations program. Applications are available by contacting the United Way office, 937-592-2886, or visiting www.uwlogan.org. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016.
Applications for programs serving the needs of Logan County school-age children in grades K-12 in the areas of mental health and counseling, substance abuse, or after-school or summer activities will be considered.
Twenty-four high school juniors and seniors representing all five Logan County districts and Ohio Hi-Point Career Center are midway through a year-long leadership development program that serves as a mini-version of the United Way volunteer experience. Students meet once a month throughout the school year to learn about community needs and how United Way works to address them. With $10,000 from the 2015 United Way campaign set aside for them to work with, they then set parameters to determine how to spend the money, accept grant proposals from local organizations, and allocate the funds.
The students spent their first three meetings becoming familiar with the structure of United Way, its role in the community, and some of the over-arching community needs. They spent a day at the Honda Heritage Center outside Marysville learning about the impact large businesses can make by being good corporate citizens. They also discussed issues they see affecting lives in their schools, families, and youth organizations. They narrowed down a list concerns into the three priority areas of mental health and counseling, substance abuse, and after-school or summer activities as those they wish to address this year.
United Way of Logan County’s Youth Allocations program is the only one of its kind in the region, giving students actual donor dollars to spend to address issues they self-identify as affecting their segment of the population. It opens their eyes to community needs, allows them to visit area workplaces and service agencies, and gives them the experience of serving on a volunteer board that makes difficult funding decisions.
It’s the mission of United Way of Logan County to facilitate successful agency partnerships that enable a safe, healthy, and caring community. More than just a fundraiser, United Way collaborates with businesses, non-profits, government, and civic organizations to help meet the social service needs of the community.
For more information, visit www.uwlogan.org or call (937) 592-2886.
Submitted by United Way of Logan County.