Local groups net more than $345,000 in grants

Fifteen nonprofits will share in money from the United Way of Walla Walla County.

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Fifteen local and national nonprofit agencies will benefit from Walla Walla's generosity when United Way of Walla Walla County distributes $345,123 for fiscal year 2013.

Funds are earmarked from the $446,400 raised in the most recent United Way and Combined Federal campaigns, noted United Way executive director Liz McDevitt.

An all-volunteer committee met numerous times to review funding requests and community needs, she said in a news release. While $45,123 of donations were designated by donors to local and national non-partner agencies, $300,000 will be disbursed to United Way partner agencies.

McDevitt said committee members measured program effectiveness and the financial soundness of each United Way agency before dispersal, which is as follows:

  • Blue Mountain Chapter of the American Red Cross, for emergency, military and community services - $13,000.
  • Blue Mountain Action Council for Commitment to Community, adult literacy, long-term care ombudsman and food distribution programs - $14,500.
  • Blue Mountain Heart to Heart for AIDS prevention - $8,000.
  • Boy Scouts Blue Mountain Council for scouting programs - $10,000.
  • Camp Fire USA, for children's activity programs - $25,000.
  • Catholic Charities of Walla Walla, for support and counseling services - $16,500.
  • Children's Home Society of Washington, for support and counseling programs - $39,500.
  • Friends of Children of Walla Walla, for community, resilience and school-based programs - $18,500.
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, for leadership development - $5,000.
  • Helpline, for emergency social services - $47,500.
  • Center at the Park, senior meal and volunteer programs - $11,000.
  • Walla Walla Community Hospice, for end-of-life services - $17,000.
  • The Salvation Army, for social services - $12,000.
  • YMCA, for aquatic, youth, healthy living and social responsibility programs - $20,500.
  • YWCA, for client services, childcare and enrichment programs - $42,000.

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