(May 26, 2015) – The Northfield Area United Way will allocate $263,000 in grants from its 2014 campaign to 21 programs that improve lives in the areas of basic needs, education and health.
Northfield Area United Way grants are awarded annually to local, tax-exempt organizations that offer services in one or more of these areas: Dennison, Dundas, Kilkenny, Lonsdale, Montgomery, Northfield and Webster.
Grant allocations are made with the help of community volunteers including financial experts who conduct a financial review of each applicant. Northfield Area United Way grants are aimed at solving problems in our community. Priority consideration is given to programs that serve the greatest need, and help the greatest number of community members.
Following are this year’s grants recipients, awarded for the period July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.
- Community Action Center, offering emergency assistance, needs assessment, advocacy and case management to people in the Northfield area with incomes less than 200 percent of poverty.
- Hope Center, offering 24-hour services to victims of domestic and sexual violence.
- Ruth’s House of Hope, offering transitional and permanent housing and supportive services for women and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
- Three Rivers Community Action’s Hiawathaland Auxiliary Regional Transit volunteer transportation program, driving local residents to destinations outside of the public transit schedule and area.
- Three Rivers Community Action’s Chamomile Housing program, providing transitional housing and case management for homeless people.
- Bridges to Kindergarten, a three-week intensive pre-kindergarten program held in August at each of the Northfield School District’s neighborhood schools.
- Camp FRIENDS, providing social, recreational and educational programming for middle school and high school students with disabilities.
- KickSTART to Kindergarten, promoting and enhancing educational experiences for children entering kindergarten in the Tri-City United Public Schools.
- Northfield Promise, coordinating the community in aligning resources in order to help all Northfield children thrive, from cradle to career.
- PRIMEtime, providing low-income and at-risk Northfield children with free mentoring, tutoring, skill-building workshops and cultural enrichment programs after school and over the summer.
- Project Friendship, pairing youths in grades two through seven with college-aged mentors for one-on-one mentorship.
- Project ABLE, providing social, recreational and educational opportunities for adults with disabilities.
- TORCH, seeking to increase the graduation and post-secondary attendance rates of Northfield’s Latino, low-income, minority and first-generation students.
- Union of Youth, offering Northfield youth free programming, as well as leadership and community services opportunities and access to caring adults via mentoring and workshops.
- Chemical Health Services of the Northfield Public Schools, addressing the social and emotional well-being of students, including chemical and mental health services.
- HealthFinders Collaborative, providing free-high-quality, culturally appropriate health care and wellness services to low-income, uninsured and underinsured residents.
- Infants Remembered in Silence (IRIS), dedicated to helping parents, family, friends and professionals following the death of a child.
- Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, identifying needs for youth and families, providing ideas and vision, building coalitions to develop and run programs, and writing and managing large collaborative grants.
- Northfield Senior Center, a fitness and lifestyle center for older adults to connect with their peers while working toward a common goal to be healthy, creative, social and engaged.
- Northfield Youth Sports Collaborative, a scholarship fund that makes it possible for all Northfield youth to participate in sports associations regardless of their families’ financial circumstances.
- SEMCAC, serving well-balanced, low-cost noon meals to seniors Monday through Friday at the Northfield Community Resource Center.