United Way names grant recipients

Nearly 50 health and human services programs will receive support from United Way of Mesa County this year after the latest fund-raising campaign raised almost $885,000.

“The need in our community is great. We are so thankful for both our loyal donors and new ones. We believe each of the nonprofits receiving funding is worthy and will make a difference in local people’s lives,” said Julie Hickson, executive director of United Way of Mesa County.

A total of 47 programs operated by 29 nonprofit organizations will receive grants for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Some of the recipients run several programs as part of their operations.

To be eligible to receive funding, participating groups must hold 501(c)(3) status as federally tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, meet United Way standards and demonstrate measurable results. Grants are distributed to organizations that work to increase self-reliance, build strong families and promote health.

Programs are selected through a process that includes reviews by allocation volunteers who analyze grant requests, personally visit local agencies and decide which organizations receive funding and how much.

The United Way of Mesa County board of directors reviews the decisions and awards grants.

The latest United Way fund-raising drive in Mesa County raised a total of nearly $885,000 in contributions from companies, individuals, foundations and workplace campaigns.

Programs receiving United Way grants for the upcoming fiscal year are: Child and Migrant Services, Colorado Discover Ability, Community Food Bank, Counseling and Education Center, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Doors 2 Success, Girl Scouts, Grand Junction Imagination Library, Grand Valley Catholic Outreach, Hilltop Community Resources, HomewardBound of the Grand  Valley, HopeWest,  Karis, Kids Aid, Kids Voting,  Marillac Clinic, Mesa County Partners, Mesa County Public Libraries Literacy Center, Mesa County RSVP, Pro Bono Project of Mesa County, Riverside Education Center,
St. Mary’s Foster Grandparent Program, St. Marys Gray Gourmet, St. Mary’s Senior Companion Program, Salvation Army, Strive, Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation, WestCAP and Western Slope Center for Children.

For additional information about United Way of Mesa County, call 243-5364 or visit the Web site located at www.unitedwaymesacounty.org.