Grant Applications for United Way Funding are Available

The Vicksburg United Way committee is ready to receive applications for funding in 2018, according to the new chairperson Fawn Callen. She has agreed to take over for veteran Laura Howard who was deeply involved in the fundraising campaign and allocating the locally raised proceeds.

This year, the community will have $22,098 to allocate. What is raised in Vicksburg stays in Vicksburg, Callen pointed out. Of the total, $11,124 was raised by the schools, with a large increase in teacher participation—from 27 percent of the staff giving to 40 percent.

Assisting in the decision making will be another new member: Alyssa Thompson, Community Education Director for Vicksburg Community Schools who has taken over for 20-year veteran Tonya Nash. Travis Cree from Zoetis, Danna Downing from South County Community Services, Carol Lohman and Sue Moore have been long-time members of the United Way committee.

Last year, the committee allocated funds to provide outreach to isolated seniors to make sure they are receiving the help they need with food, transportation, crisis intervention and financial assistance. This service was provided by South County Community Services. New back-to-school shoes were provided for 85 children through a partnership with Generous Hands and First Day Shoe Fund.

To receive a grant application form or to turn in a completed form, contact Fawn Callen at fawncallen@gmail.com. Applications are due by May 31.

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