Beth Amoroso, Director of Human Resources at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino and Resort, and chair of the United Way of Pinal County Board of Directors Community Impact Committee, announced the results of the volunteer review team recommendations regarding grants to fund human services throughout Pinal County. The United Way of Pinal County Board of Directors approved the grants and President Keith McGlaughlin, Market II Engineer at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino and Resort, said “The United Way Board is pleased to announce the following funding decisions, which have been grouped into United Way’s three building blocks for a good life: Education, Income, and Health. Three teams reviewed the requests, determined how best to fund services throughout the county, and made their recommendations to the board. “
United Way of Pinal County received $552,000 in funding requests and will distribute $316,000 in board-approved grants. The Board has also set aside a $15,000 special needs fund for agency use, upon request and subsequent approval. Another $178,000 in funds raised were designated by donors to services outside Pinal County. McGlaughlin said that applications were carefully scrutinized by the three review teams to determine where funds would have the greatest impact in Pinal County. The review teams identified those agencies to be funded as well as how much each would receive and for what service. The following services will be funded from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014:
• Boys and Girls Club of the Casa Grande Valley, $5,000 for in-school Smart Moves substance abuse awareness programs, serving the 5th grade students in Casa Grande schools and the 4th grade students in Toltec schools.
• Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley, $15,000 for the Academic Success Program – Apache Junction, Gold Canyon and surrounding area
• Casa Grande Alliance, $11,000 for substance abuse prevention targeting high-school age students in Casa Grande Union High School, Vista Grande High School or Mission Heights Preparatory High School.
• Coolidge Youth Coalition, $25,000 for literacy, mentoring, and job-skill development
• One More Step, $6,000 for after-school programming that provides positive youth development – Casa Grande, Villago and Cactus schools
• The Salvation Army, $19,000 for GED classes and after-school tutoring in Casa Grande
• Maricopa Ak-Chin Community Alliance Against Substance Abuse Program Teen Intern/Peer Mentor/Tutoring Program – $5,000
• Seeds of Hope – new service – $5,000 for Personal Growth Education program.
• Copper Basin YMCA – $5,000 for a Preschool Education Program in San Tan Valley area– new service.
• Against Abuse, Inc., $12,000 to assist domestic violence victims – county wide
• American Red Cross, Grand Canyon Chapter, $10,000 for disaster relief in Pinal County
• Community Action Human Resources Agency, $15,000 to assist persons to maintain employment or stabilize medical situations, and $10,000 to train volunteers and coordinate food assistance resources in the county (F.A.I.R.)
• Open Hands – for newly funded services: $8,000 for their Warehouse Food Pantry in Coolidge and $8,000 for services in a Veterans Center in Coolidge and serving surrounding areas
• Project Bridge, $5,000 for assistance to families with children enrolled in Florence Unified School District.
• Seeds of Hope, Inc., $10,000 for hot lunches for the needy- Casa Grande
• Superior Food Bank – $6,000 for emergency food boxes – Superior and surrounding area.
• The Salvation Army, $23,000 for emergency assistance – county wide
• Tri-Community Food Bank, Inc., $8,000 for emergency food boxes – Mammoth, San Manuel, Oracle and other parts of Eastern Pinal County.
• Against Abuse, Inc., $17,000 for domestic violence counseling – county wide
• Catholic Community Services, $12,000 for home delivered meals for the elderly – Eloy, Coolidge, Florence
• Community Action Human Resources Agency, $8,000 for Home Alone Safe Alone, elderly emergency response program- Pinal county wide
• Community Alliance Against Family Abuse, $12,000 for youth violence prevention programming in northern Pinal County; and $10,000 for a new program – Child Witness to Domestic Violence in Apache Junction and surrounding area.
• East Valley Adult Resources, Inc., $8,000 for elderly outreach services and $15,000 for home meal delivery in the Apache Junction area
• Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens, $11,000 for home delivered meals in Casa Grande, and $12,000 for home delivered meals in eastern Pinal County (San Manuel, Oracle, Kearny, Hayden, and Superior)
In total, programs addressing education received $96,000; programs addressing income stability – $115,000; and programs addressing health $105,000.
Amoroso expressed thanks to the Review Team volunteers, who spent a significant amount of time evaluating the funding applications, and making the decisions to invest contributed funds in the most effective way.
McGlaughlin concluded “Serving on one of the review teams is a great way to learn more about Pinal County and its needs, and how United Way and its partner agencies work to assist local residents. If anyone would like to serve as a 2014-15 review team member, or do other volunteer work for United Way, please call the United Way office at (520) 836-0736.”