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The United Way of Dane County announced Thursday the causes and organizations that will receive funding from the $18.7 million raised during its 2017 donation campaign.

The United Way will contribute money to three broad areas aimed at improving the Madison-area community: education, financial stability and health. In total, 59 agencies will receive funding that will go toward 150 programs.

“This is just the beginning — we invest in communities, big-picture vision with accountable strategies, and working together to invest more resources in families working toward stability,” said Renee Moe, president and CEO of the United Way of Dane County.

Some of the programs that received money include the HIRE Initiative, which is a collaboration of six agencies meant to link people in poverty with family-sustaining jobs from 40 employers.

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That initiative, a joint effort between Centro Hispano of Dane County, the Literacy Network, Madison-area Urban Ministries, Urban League of Greater Madison, Vera Court Neighborhood Center and YWCA Madison, will get $757,793.

An additional $532,625 was directed toward the Housing First initiative — divided among the YWCA Madison, The Road Home and the Salvation Army of Dane County — to get families into housing before addressing other issues that may have contributed to homelessness.

The FACE-Kids program provides group counseling services to Dane County children for several mental health and behavioral problems like depression, anger management, grief and loss, and anxiety. It will get $302,100 from the donation campaign.

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