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United Way awards local grants

United Way of Oxford and Lafayette County has announced its latest investment in the community, with almost $375,000 recently awarded to local programs and coalitions.

Alice Ricks, executive director of United Way of Oxford and Lafayette County, is pleased with the impact these grants will make.

“The needs in our community are many,” Ricks said. “When awarding grants, we focus on three building blocks for a good life: good health, quality education and a stable income. Our partner agencies are committed to making a difference in Oxford and Lafayette County and can demonstrate the impact their programs are having. Your gifts are breaking the cycle of poverty while also meeting people’s basic and immediate needs.”

United Way’s grant-making is guided by several advisory committees, composed of local residents who evaluate applications and advise the Board of Directors in determining awards. To ensure that donations have an impact, an extensive selection and approval process is used.

Grants will advance United Way’s priorities by awarding funds to organizations listed below:

HEALTH:

To support older adults and individuals with mental illness and to promote healthy lifestyles.

Exchange Club Family Center LOU Excel By 5 Coalition

Family Crisis Services N. Mississippi Kidney Foundation

Good Food for Oxford Schools Special Olympics Area IV

EDUCATION:

To promote school readiness, third-grade reading proficiency, and high school graduation.

Boys & Girls Clubs of N. Mississippi LOU Excel By 5 Coalition

McLean Institute – Horizons LOU Reads Coalition

Leap FrogLafayette County Literacy Council

FINANCIAL STABILITY:

To help community members attain family-sustaining employment, manage expenses, and build savings, and to create opportunities for affordable housing.

Doors of Hope Transition Ministries McLean Institute – LOU Saves

BASIC NEEDS:

To provide food, shelter, and disaster/emergency relief services. 

American Red Cross of N. Mississippi Salvation Army

Interfaith Compassion Ministry Three Rivers – Meals on Wheels