United Way of Northwest Arkansas Awards Grants to Fight for Children Living in Poverty

United Way of Northwest Arkansas awarded 38 two-year grants totaling $2.9 million over that period as part of their Children Living in Poverty Initiative. Working with local nonprofit organizations and making strategic investments at critical points in a child’s life, the United Way seeks to provide stability today and prosperity tomorrow in the children living in poverty in Northwest Arkansas.

 

Grants were awarded across seven focus areas: Advocates, Child Wellbeing, Youth Homelessness, Parents as First Teachers, Quality Out-of-School Time, Youth Connectedness, and Developing Self-Sufficiency. The selection of grant awards was conducted by seven grant panels consisting of 34 volunteers representing a cross-section of the community including social service professionals, academics specializing in public affairs and social work, and senior business leaders. The panelists awarded 38 grants to 31 organizations:

Organizations Program Name Funding Focus Area
CASA of Northwest Arkansas A Voice Out of Poverty Advocates
Legal Aid Child Poverty Law Project Advocates
Children’s Advocacy Center Emergency Meal Care Kits for Children & Families Advocates
Restoration Ministries Restoration Village Animal-Assisted Interaction Advocates
Apple Seeds Farm to Table Cooking Classes Child Wellbeing
Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter Domestic Violence Intervention: Creating Safe Zones in School for Children who are Victims of Domestic Violence Child Wellbeing
Peace at Home Family Shelter Children’s Emergency Services Program Child Wellbeing
Samaritan Community Center SnackPacks for Kids Child Wellbeing
Sunshine School and Development Center Behavioral And Mental Health Support Program Child Wellbeing
WelcomeHealth Access to No-Cost Medical & Dental Care for Uninsured Children from Low-Income Households Child Wellbeing
Compassion Ministries Compassion House Developing Self-Sufficiency
Donald W. Reynolds Boys & Girls Club FUTURE U! Dream.Plan.Succeed. Developing Self-Sufficiency
Genesis House Family JumpStart Developing Self-Sufficiency
Lincoln Consolidated Schools Lincoln Alliance for Outreach Opportunities Developing Self-Sufficiency
Prairie Grove School District Conversion Charter CNA Program Developing Self-Sufficiency
U of A School of Social Work Child Savings Accounts: An Asset Development Strategy for Cultivating a Pathway to Prosperity for Marshallese Children in NWA Developing Self-Sufficiency
Prism Education Center Trailblazers Afterschool Program Out of School Time
Prism Education Center Camp Prism Out of School Time
Boys & Girls Club of Western Benton Co. Decatur Extension of the B&GC Out of School Time
Helen R. Walton Enrichment Center Early Childhood Initiatives Center, Business & Leadership Training Out of School Time
Helen R. Walton Enrichment Center Early Childhood Initiatives Center, Early Childhood Education Out of School Time
Boys & Girls Club of Benton County OST Youth Development for NWA Families Out of School Time
Girl Scouts Diamonds of AR, OK & TX School & Juvenile Justice Program Out of School Time
TheatreSquared The IMPACT Project: Individuals Managing Problems and Creating Theatre Out of School Time
Bentonville Schools, Child Enrichment Services Parents as Teachers Parents as First Teachers
EOA Head Start EOA Children’s Services Parents as First Teachers
Family Network Nurturing New Lives Parents as First Teachers
Helen R. Walton Enrichment Center Early Childhood Edu for Children Living in Poverty Parents as First Teachers
Helen R. Walton Enrichment Center Dolly Parton Imagination Library Parents as First Teachers
Ozark Literacy Council Northwest Arkansas Tenacious Reading Project Parents as First Teachers
Sunshine School and Development Center Sunshine Parents as Teachers Parents as First Teachers
Bentonville Public Schools R.O.A.R. Youth Connectedness
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of NWA Mentoring Matters: New Match Project Youth Connectedness
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of NWA Siloam Springs Youth Mentoring Program Youth Connectedness
Teen Action & Support Center The Station Youth Connectedness
Havenwood Havenwood Youth Homelessness Program Youth Homelessness
Teen Action & Support Center Teen Thrive Youth Homelessness
Youth Bridge The Zion Project Youth Homelessness

These grants continue the fulfillment of a promise made by the United Way of Northwest Arkansas in 2015 to launch a funding initiative focused on lifting children out of poverty and providing them with a pathway to a better life. Last year, the United Way granted a total of $770,000 to 18 organization through First Step Funding.

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