United Way approves $200K in grants

Published 10:16 am Wednesday, June 26, 2024

The United Way of Oxford-Lafayette County Board of Directors has approved the organization’s fiscal year 2024-25 grant awards, with $200,000 awarded to eligible applicants serving the Lafayette-Oxford-University community. 

The UWOLC will support 25 programs and initiatives as part of this year’s grant cycle. 

Recipients such as Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi, The Leap Frog Program and Interfaith Compassion Ministry will use the awarded funds to improve health, advance education, promote financial stability and meet basic needs of Lafayette County residents.

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“Our organization provides the means to support several outstanding programs and thousands of Lafayette County residents of all ages as well as backgrounds through a one-time or recurring donation,” UWOLC Executive Director Kurt Brummett said.

Volunteers from the LOU community lead the UWOLC’s community investment process by rendering all reviews, recommendations and decisions. The multi-step process aims to ensure each grant recipient will produce positive outcomes as the agencies manage the needs of residents. 

Donors can also designate their gifts and the funds will be applied to the identified agency’s grant award or the specified focus area.

“Our advisory and finance committee members along with our board have the unenviable task of addressing our community’s growing and evolving needs with a comparatively limited amount of funding,” Brummett said. 

“Teamwork, empathy and accountability are key tenets of our local United Way and I appreciate the dedication exhibited by every volunteer involved with our grant awards as well as our applicants and incredible supporters as we all work hand in hand to make a meaningful difference in the lives of local residents.”