United Way accepting funding requests

Crawford County United Way is heading into its annual allocation season and is seeking applications from local nonprofit human services agencies and organizations for fund distribution throughout 2021.

Last year, Crawford County United Way (CCUW) distributed funds to six local human services agencies: Crawford County Community Christian Help Center, Munson Grayling Hospital Patient Needs Fund, Crawford County Library Summer Reading Program, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Crawford County, G.R.A.C.E. Center, and Northern Michigan Children’s Assessment Center. We also presented the 10th LIVE UNITED Community Service Award scholarship, supported Project Graduation, 2-1-1 Northeast Michigan Call Center, and helped our neighbors with free discount prescription drug cards through our partnership with FamilyWize.

The mission of the United Way movement is to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another. Through a single community-wide campaign, United Way volunteers raise funds to support local agency service providers. Crawford County United Way seeks to positively impact the lives of those most vulnerable in our county.

“Our relationship with everyone in this community has helped us help many people in a variety of ways for many years,” said Cheryll Ruley, CCUW Executive Director. “The generosity comes from every age group, every income level, and every neighborhood. We care about each other and it shows.”

The CCUW’s 2021 funding base continues to need a boost due to no in-person fundraisers since March 2020, a result of restrictions because of the pandemic. “The past year has been quite a challenge for everyone. As a result, we’re going to have a difficult time meeting agency funding requests. Support from businesses and individuals is needed more than ever,” Ruley explained. “We currently have a matching challenge through April 23, 2021. Donations totaling $2,000.00 will be matched by Mary Becker’s Heart of Up North Realty. This effort will make up for revenue lost when the annual Snowmobile Fun Run had to be cancelled. We are still trying to reach that goal.”

Agencies applying for funding from Crawford County United Way must be a nonprofit charitable health and human service organization, fully describe their array of services, demonstrate how they meet local needs, and prove their cost-effectiveness and accountability to the community.

The board of directors makes the decisions about how the funds will be distributed. The board assesses our community’s human services needs, meets with service providers to discuss funding requirements when necessary, and approves the funding level for the various programs and agencies.

“Once again this year, we will not be mailing out application packets to prior recipients,” said Karen Hatley, President of CCUW. “Every penny is important, so we are asking, again, that all previous recipients and new requesters please contact us for an application to help save on printing and mailing costs.”

To receive an application, beginning April 1, 2021, email crawforduw@gmail.com and request an application, which will be sent via email. The deadline to submit applications is May 1, 2021. Any questions may also be sent to this email address.

Donations should be sent to CCUW, P.O. Box 171, Grayling, MI 49738 or via our secure PayPal Donate button at www.crawfordunitedway.org/give. All donations help our community.

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