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SJUW Approves Over $450K to Fund Local Programs

St. John United Way Board of Directors has approved $466,846 for the 2013-2014 fiscal year to fund programs and services throughout St. John Parish. This represents an approximate $48,000 increase over last year’s allocation.

St. John United Way uses this funding to provide support to local agencies in St. John Parish. Some of the agencies approved for funding include St. John Parish 4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Red Cross, Second Harvest and St. John Ministry of Care.

This year’s increase in funding has also allowed for three new agencies to receive funding for programs offered in St. John Parish.  These agencies include Volunteers of America- Repairs on Wheels, Special Olympics and ARC of St. Charles- Respite Care Services.

Agencies who apply for funding are reviewed annually by local volunteers.  This review process consists of agencies providing a detailed application, volunteer application reviews, and face-to-face agency reviews.  Once the reviews are complete, a volunteer committee submits their funding recommendations to the board of directors for approval.

“The review process is very thorough.  Donors should feel confident that their funds are being used to fund services most critical to our local community,” said Barry Griffin, SJUW Allocations Committee Chairman.

In addition to providing support to agencies, SJUW also invests in programs that target specific services, not being met by other partner agencies. 

Last year, SJUW announced its newest program- Imagination Library.  This program targets early childhood literacy by providing every child in St. John Parish, age birth to five, with a free book delivered to their home every month.  So far, over 4500 books have been distributed to local children.  To register a child for this program you can call 985-651-9118 to request a brochure or click here to register online.

St. John United Way is able to provide support to agencies and invest in programs due to donations made by contributors in the community. All donations made through the St. John United Way annual campaign stay in St. John Parish, unless a donor requests their contribution be sent elsewhere.

“St. John United Way remains grateful for all of the support we receive from our local businesses and individuals throughout St. John Parish.  As we move forward with our 2013 fundraising campaign, we hope donors are comforted that St. John United Way remains strong and effective in providing support to agencies and programs meeting the needs of those in our community,” stated Trista Brazan, SJUW Executive Director.