METAMORA – “Give – Advocate – Volunteer” is the slogan of United Way of Franklin County. Board members and representatives of nonprofits that received 2013 grants gathered Feb. 10 to celebrate achievements. The organization’s mission is “to review our human service needs, raise and allocate funds, and support programs to secure the community’s future.”
In his president’s message, Jim Lierl wrote, “As it approaches its 25th year of existence, the United Way of Franklin County has much of which to be proud.”
Grantees vary from year to year because “a couple of the agencies either no longer exist or their programs changed,” he explained.
UWFC aided 15 charitable groups in 2013, distributing $50,000: Franklin County 4-H Association, $6,775; Safe Passage, $5,500; Family Connections and Community Mental Health Center’s Directions! Program, $5,000 each; American Red Cross, Franklin County Dollars for Scholars and Imagination Library of Franklin County, $4,000 each; Franklin County Senior Citizens Services and Special Olympics, $3,000 each; Tri-Homecare, $2,475; Boy Scouts Crossroads Council, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana and Salvation Army, $2,000 each; Southeastern Indiana YMCA, $750; and New Horizons Rehabilitation, $500.
“In challenging economic times, such an extensive network of assistance deserves to be recognized, and that is one of the reasons for ... this annual dinner” at the Hearthstone Restaurant, according to the two-year president. “The money United Way gives out is a lifeblood for some agencies.” Grants cannot be the nonprofits’ only sources of funds. Nevertheless, “it’s a big help for some.”
UWFC is on sound financial footing with $323,427 in assets as of Dec. 31, 2013, reported Treasurer Jake Linkel. “Last year’s campaign raised about $90,000 out of the $105,000 goal. We’re well on our way.” First Vice President Karen Hoog said, “Some of the money comes in slowly,” including contributions from county residents who work elsewhere.
The organization’s 2014 goal is $100,000. Lierl told grantees, “The more money we raise, the more we get to help you.”