United Way invests in community programs

ESCANABA — More than a dozen local programs are seeing the benefits of the United Way of Delta County’s 2018 fundraising campaign, which brought in $180,000. Earlier this month the United Way’s volunteer board of directors approved a budget that included grants to nine long-standing nonprofit partners and three new ones:

Program Funding – Returning Partners:

– Alzheimers Association – Integrated Health Care Partnership – $2,500

– Bay Cliff Health Camp – Children’s Summer Therapy Program – $12,500

– Big Brothers Big Sisters – Youth Mentoring programs – $12,700

– Catholic Social Services – Behavioral Health Counseling – $10,000

– Community Action Agency RSVP – Reading Buddies program – $6,000

– Hope at the Inn – Rotating Homeless Shelter – $2,000

– Salvation Army – Social Services program – $10,000

– Tri-County Safe Harbor – Domestic and Sexual Violence services – $10,000

– Welcome Newborns – Safe Sleep and Parent Education programs – $10,000

Program Funding – New Partners:

– Delta Animal Shelter – Happy Tails Story Time and Snuggles with Seniors – $1,000

– Delta County Nonmotorized Trails – Youth Ski Clinic – $1,000

– UP Foster Closet of Delta County – Support for foster children and families – $5,000

The United Way also approved $2,000 in mini-grants to local teachers for educational enrichment activities and classroom supplies that would normally have to come from the teachers’ own pockets.

Education Mini-Grants:

– Bark River-Harris – Kristy Erickson – New books for 2nd grade classroom library

– Big Bay de Noc – Janelle Dalgord – Phonics activities and new books for classroom library

– Cameron Elementary – Sarah Carlson – Pop phones, Bluetooth headphones and white boards

– Cameron Elementary – Brooke Douglas – Quadrant Word Taps rhythmic learning tools

– Escanaba High School – Jessica Garber – Calculators for personal finance classroom

– Gladstone Middle School – Bobbi Mckenzie – FTC Robotics team

– Jones Elementary – Teresa Oven – Chapter book series for classroom library

– Jones Elementary – Jacob Pascoe – Rocket kits for students to design, build and launch

– Jones Elementary – Sara Sholten – 3-D printing pens and filaments

– Lemmer Elementary – Sara Trombley – Whisper readers

– Webster Kindergarten Center – Jamie Hansen – Listening library

In addition to grants to others, the United Way planned for continued growth in its free book program for babies and preschoolers, Dolly Partonís Imagination Library, helping young children develop early reading skills that will help prepare them for success in school and beyond.

“We are grateful to everyone who donates to the United Way of Delta County to make these programs happen,” said Julie Mallard, executive director of the United Way of Delta County.

The United Wayís annual fundraising campaign is concentrated in the fall and early winter months, but donors may give at any time of year. Donations can be made online at www.uwdelta.org or mailed to the United Way of Delta County, 1100 Ludington St., Suite 300, Escanaba, MI 49829.