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United Way investing $19M on young family stabilization efforts
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United Way investing $19M on young family stabilization efforts

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Getting young families out of poverty and into a stable, self-sufficient environment is the focus of the 2017 investment of over $19 million by United Way of Dane County.

United Way this week announced that community organizations getting the $19,142,242 in funding are focusing on getting families out of poverty and ultimately stabilized and self-sufficient.

“Focusing on poverty means addressing education, financial stability and health — the things that will make our economy stronger, neighborhoods safer and community more successful,” said Anna Burish, the 2017 United Way of Dane County board chair.

The “Agenda for Change” initiative will get $15.7 million, with $2.4 million for ongoing United Way services, such as United Way 2-1-1 and the volunteer center. An additional $1.3 million will be earmarked for umbrella federations.

Almost 150 volunteers had been working since August to review requests from 60 organizations.

Organizations getting money include Centro Hispano, Urban Ministry and the YWCA.

The Agenda for Change program runs the gamut, from serving children in preschool to helping seniors and the disabled stay in their homes.

“United Way values the good work of so many partners and takes seriously our community-given role to connect the dots and create measurable results,” said Renee Moe, president and CEO of United Way of Dane County. “We are grateful to every business, every donor and every volunteer who makes changing lives in Dane County possible.”

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