3 grant pools benefit from funds
SIDNEY – Shelby County United Way will pass on donations offered on Community Foundation Matchmaking Day to other organizations through their three grant pools: Student United Way, POWER and Special Projects.
“Our Student United Way, represented by a high school student and high school student from all ten Shelby County Schools, funds grants for infants up to age 18. They have always identified food insecurity as a priority and annually fund weekend backpacking programs serving schools in Sidney City, Houston, Jackson Center and Anna,” said Scott Barr, President and chief executive officer. “Our women’s initiative group, POWER, provides grants to serve families and children. Last year, through Match Day funding, 24 grants supported projects such as the STEM curriculum, musical instruments, mental health curriculum, literacy, sensory programming and more.
“Our United Way Board reviews special project grants that address critical human needs or community projects. Examples of past grants include Tawawa Park Adaptive Playground, Family and Children First Council, Presbyterian Church Munch Bunch Program and Hand Partnership Exploration Academy -work. Each year, nearly 40 scholarships are awarded totaling more than $60,000.
To support Shelby County United Way on game day, donations should be made payable to the Community Foundation of Shelby County with: Match/United Way listed on the memo or in an accompanying note or form. Details and forms are available on the Community Foundation’s website at commfoun.com and at the Shelby County United Way office at 232 S. Ohio Ave., Sidney. Gifts must be received by November 29 to be eligible for matching money. Gifts by credit card can only be made on November 29.
The Community Foundation of Shelby County holds its annual Match Day event on Giving Tuesday. This year, 25 local charities will ask their supporters to donate to the Community Foundation which will be matched up to a total of $5,000 per charity.
Organizations participating in Match Day have 501(c)(3) tax status and an organizational fund within the Community Foundation of Shelby County with an asset balance above the Foundation’s fund minimum. Donations received will not be placed into an organization’s fund, but rather will be returned to the organization for its work in the community.
Holy Angels School received a Shelby County United Way POWER grant for a Sensory Journey through 2021 Game Day Donations.