Record amount of money distributed by the United Way

SUNBURY – A record amount of money will be distributed by the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way to support programs making a difference in our communities. United Way President and CEO Keri Albright says $908,000 will be allocated to programs focused on their six priorities for impact, which include transportation, early childhood education, diversity, drug and alcohol abuse, poverty and at-risk teens.

 

Also this year, there will be money for emergency services. Albright said, “It’s really hard to fit emergency services into our six priorities, but the Red Cross does really important work in our community. What the board decided to do is establish a stream of funding where ten percent of what we have to allocate annually is invested in emergency services.”

 

The funding directly benefits programs administered by 37 area nonprofit organizations supported by the United Way. They are also forming Priorities for Impact Councils.

 

Albright said, “They are groups of volunteers that are focused on each issue. Each council will understand more in-depth of what the community resources are for that issue. Then we will figure out as a council and as an organization, about how we can improve access to resources and programs.”

 

You can contact the United Way at 988-0993 for more information on becoming a council member. (Ali Stevens)