Three groups serving South County-area residents receive United Way funding to fight poverty

$100K distributed countywide in capacity building funds for nonprofits addressing intergenerational poverty
Dec 19, 2013

Eleven local nonprofits will receive United Way funding in 2014 to help better serve the needs of Snohomish County residents living in intergenerational poverty, including three serving Lynnwood-area residents.

Latino Education & Training Institute, Lutheran Community Services Northwest and YWCA are among the recipients of this funding and will use the money to increase their capacity to better serve the needs of Lake Stevens-area families living in intergenerational poverty.

· Latino Education & Training Institute will use their $8,000 toward funding a part-time employee that can work with a wider range of community colleges and seek additional grants.

· Lutheran Community Services Northwest will use their $15,000 to upgrade their data management system for more accurate reporting and evaluation of participant and outcome data. This will also free up staff time to provide more direct services.

· YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish will use their $11,978 to hire a part-time staff person to meet reporting requirements and regulations associated with mental health counseling.

United Way, often known for grants addressing immediate community needs, also focuses on systemic issues by bringing people together from across the community to address long-term needs. These capacity building grants represent a new approach to strengthening the nonprofit community in Snohomish County.

“Our goal is to strengthen our community,” said Dennis G. Smith, president and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County. “This funding will help almost a dozen nonprofits better serve their clients for years to come, providing the basics such as food, shelter and safety.”

United Way will also provide technical support, training and opportunities for grant recipients to collaboratively identify solutions to common problems. Funding for capacity building projects like software development and staff training will eventually help more Snohomish County families escape intergenerational poverty.

Other recipients include Community Resource Foundation, Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County, Hand in Hand, Lake Stevens Senior Center, North Counties Family Services, Safe Harbor Free Clinic, Take the Next Step, and Washington C.A.S.H.

Funding decisions were made by volunteers who serve on United Way committees that focus on helping children and youth achieve their potential, helping Snohomish county families achieve and maintain financial stability, strengthening community support systems and reducing isolation.

The volunteers, some of whom helped determine where the organization would invest $7.9 million over the next three years in program grants earlier this year, based their decisions on a variety of factors, including each agency’s need and readiness for capacity building, whether each agency is currently working to reduce poverty and whether investment in each project is deemed the best possible use of resources for the greatest impact.

This is not the first time that United Way funding has been directed toward these organizations. Latino Education & Training Institute received $14,000 in outreach grants over the past few years. Lutheran Community Services Northwest has received $30,000 in outreach grants and several United Way multi-year program grants since 1998. YWCA has received several program grants since 2000.

United Way will be announcing the next round of capacity building funding for groups working to alleviate intergenerational poverty in August 2014, and plans to distribute up to $110,000 a year for the next three years.

United Way is a community impact organization serving Snohomish County for more than 70 years. In addition to funding 107 programs through 40 agencies with a special focus on local health and human services, United Way of Snohomish County supports a number of initiatives focusing on early learning and education, financial stability for families, a youth program, North Sound 211 and an emerging initiative in survival English.

To find out more about United Way of Snohomish County, including how you can find help, how to volunteer and how United Way serves our community, visit their website at uwsc.org.

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