One of the most valuable services provided by United Way of Northern Arizona is ensuring that donations and other sources of funding go where they are needed most.
Recently, the UWNA Board of Directors approved the distribution of more than $510,000 to 37 community programs that are making a difference in Coconino, Navajo and Apache counties.
Applications from nonprofit partners were meticulously reviewed by multiple Community Investment teams, who evaluated the work of these organizations, so that proven programs would receive the sustaining funding they need to continue to impact their communities. Their recommendations were forwarded to the Finance Committee and ultimately voted on by the Board.
Funds were distributed to assist with programs that align with one of UWNA”s three areas of impact: early childhood development, positive youth development, or safety and security.
In early childhood development, UWNA provided funding to maintain and expand the availability of affordable, high quality preschool education in both Flagstaff and Page. It also provided grants to programs that promote early childhood literacy, and a program designed to give instruction and support services to at-risk families with young children.
Positive youth development programs that received funding included numerous initiatives for youth mentorship; programs that provide healthy lifestyle workshops; and efforts to reach and help homeless youth.
Nonprofits that provide Safety and Security received grants for programs that provide shelter, food, legal aid, help for victims of violence, and financial assistance in times of crisis.
Together these programs create a safety net for northern Arizona families in times of distress, while also investing funds in our youth to keep our communities thriving for generations to come.