ith cornellonhill120The United Way of Tompkins County (UWTC) Board of Directors recently awarded over $900,000 to help the health, education and financial stability of people throughout Tompkins County and beyond. Grants were made through the Community Care Fund, Focus on Community Understanding and Service (FOCUS) Fund with the Dryden Middle School, and the Hunger & Food Security Fund.

United Way funded partners help people meet their immediate, basic needs while creating lasting change by strengthening the building blocks for a good life. The Community Care Fund (CCF) awards of $878,052 supports 95 programs. Hunger and Food Security Fund awards totaling $38,081.21 were invested in fifteen programs projected to assist 32,145 local residents gain access to an adequate supply of nutritious food.

FOCUS grant awards totaling $2,000 will support programs at four different nonprofits that serve the Town of Dryden. This fund is unique because the students of Dryden Elementary School review the grant applications and make the funding recommendations. FOCUS provides students with opportunities to share their views of our community’s assets and needs, and then invest funds to make a difference.

The Community Care Fund and Hunger & Food Security applications are reviewed by community volunteers. The review process includes a discussion and understanding of current community needs and an evaluation of each program’s design, finances, outcomes and performance. The final investments are recommended by UWTC’s Community Investment Committee and approved by the UWTC Board of Directors.

In addition to these funds and distributing donor designated gifts, UWTC recently funded a number of special initiatives; including Student Engagement Programs, the Urgent Rx Prescription Program, and the Get Connected, Volunteer Center.

For over 95 years, people have joined United Way of Tompkins County by making gifts to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. 100% of donations to UWTC’s Community Care Fund, special initiatives, and member organizations go directly to the programs thanks to earned income and Corporate Cornerstone Partners.

2016-17 Community Care Fund Grants by Area

Education – Total of $264,350  
Brooktondale Community Center    
    Brooktondale Summer Camp - $5,000

Child Development Council
    Child Care Resource & Referral (CCRR) - $45,000
Family Support Services - $25,000
    Teen Pregnancy/ Parenting Program - $15,000
Danby Community Council    
    Scholarships - $1,500
    Youth Services - $1,500

Downtown Ithaca Children's Center
    Tuition Assisted Childcare Program - $14,500

Dryden Community Council
    Dryden Community Camp - $3,000
    Southworth Library Summer Reading - $600
    Southworth Library Teen Programs - $800

Enfield Community Council, Inc.
    ESAP Scholarships - $3,000
    Summer Day Camp Program - $3,000
    Teen Program - $7,500

Franziska Racker Centers, Inc.
    Early Childhood Feeding Program - $8,000

Freeville Community Council    
    Freeville Summer Recreation Program - $4,000

Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc.    
    Girl Scout Leadership Experience - $3,500

Greater Ithaca Activities Center, Inc.    
    Teen Program - $19,000
Youth Program - $35,000  
Groton Community Council
    Groton Public Library - $1,000
    Groton Recreation Committee - $1,500
Youth Services - $2,550

Ithaca Community Childcare Center    
    Access Scholarship Fund - $5,000

Lansing Community Council
    Lansing Youth Services - $3,000  

The Learning Web
    Community & Career Exploration & Apprenticeship Program - $25,000

McLean Community Council, Inc.    
    Calling all Teens - $3,000

Newfield Community Council    
    Before and Afterschool Program - $2,000
Newfield Summer Day Camp - $4,500
    Summer Reading Program - $1,500
Youth At-Risk and General Recreation - $2,200

Southside Community Center
    Recycle Ithaca’s Bikes (RIBS) - $5,500
Ulysses Community Council    
    Afterschool Program - $2,350
Library Program - $800
    Nursery School - $500
    Summer Recreation Programs - $3,500
    Youth Services - $5,500

Income - Total of $260,877
Better Housing for Tompkins County, Inc.
    Tompkins County Home Repair Program - $17,500

Brooktondale Community Center
    Caroline Food Pantry at the Brooktondale Community Center - $1,250

Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga
    Immigrant Services Program - $10,000
Samaritan Center Emergency Services Program - $26,000
Challenge Workforce Solutions    
    Contract Production Facility - $30,000
    Job Club-Transition to Employment - $6,750  

Foodnet Meals on Wheels    
    Home Delivered Meals - $12,250  

Groton Community Council
    Izzy’s Closet - $2,000

Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County Inc.    
    Human Service Planning - $8,000
    2-1-1 Information and Referral Services - $7,000

The Learning Web    
    Youth Outreach - $22,000

Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. ® (Ithaca Office)    
    Tompkins/Tioga Neighborhood Legal Services - $4,000

McLean Community Council, Inc.    
    McLean Community Hall - $1,000

Newfield Community Council    
    Newfield Kitchen Cupboard – Pantry - $1,000

Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources (OAR) of Tompkins County    
    Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources (OAR) - $29,875

Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse    
    Emergency Shelter/Day Center - $31,377

The Salvation Army
    Direct Assistance Program - $9,000

Tompkins County Senior Citizens’ Council (Lifelong)
    Tax Counseling for the Elderly - $4,000

Tompkins Learning Partners, Inc.    
    Adult Literacy - $16,875

Ulysses Community Council        
    Food Pantry - $1,000  

Women's Opportunity Center    
    On the Job Training - $20,000  

Health- Total of $352,825
Advocacy Center of Tompkins County    
    Youth Intervention and Prevention Services - $25,000

Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County, Inc.
    Education and Prevention Program - $2,500
    Outpatient Alcohol & Drug Treatment - $19,500

Brooktondale Community Center
    Newsletter - $1,000
    2016-17 Playground Project - $8,500

Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes    
    Individualized Information and Support for Those Affected by Cancer - $12,750

CDRC - Community Dispute Resolution Center    
    Mediation Services - $22,000
Danby Community Council    
    Danby Seniors - $200
Family Programs - $1,000
    Newsletter - $1,500

Dryden Community Council
    Southworth Library Large Print Materials - $300

Enfield Community Council, Inc.    
    Community Newsletter - $2,000
    4th & 5th Grade Basketball - $900

Family and Children's Service of Ithaca    
    Clinical Counseling - $35,000
Psychiatry - $33,000
    Rural Outreach Services - $40,000

Finger Lakes Independence Center
    Disability Benefits Education and Assistance - $5,000

Gadabout Transportation Services, Inc.
    Gadabout Transportation Services - $12,750

Greater Ithaca Activities Center, Inc.
    Recreation - $6,000
    Adult /Senior Program - $5,000  
Lansing Community Council
    Lansing Department of Parks and Recreation - $2,000

McLean Community Council, Inc.    
    Happening in the Hamlet - $1,000
    McLean Beautification Committee - $975

The Mental Health Association in Tompkins County    
    Community Health Education Outreach - $4,500
    KIDS FIRST Summer Recreation Program - $35,000
    PASS Program Mentor Training - $1,000

The Salvation Army    
    Salvation Army Golden Agers (SAGA) - $1,000
    Youth and Educational Support - $1,000

Suicide Prevention & Crisis Service
    Crisisline - $35,000
    Online Crisis Counseling Service for Youth - $6,700

Tompkins County Senior Citizens’ Council (Lifelong)
    Tompkins County Senior Citizen’s Council Activities - $4,000
    Volunteers Connected! - $2,000

Varna Community Association
    Varna After School Program - $10,000

YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County    
    Open Door Scholarship Program - $14,750

Spring 2016 Hunger and Food Security – Total of $38,081.21
Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga
    Samaritan Center - $2,031.21

Challenge Workforce Solutions
Job Club - $4,000

Community Dinners at Dryden United Methodist Church
Community Dinners - $700

Dryden Community Council
Dryden Kitchen Cupboard - $1,000
Weekend Backpack Program - $500

Food Bank of the Southern Tier
    Tompkins County Mobile Food Pantry - $4,000

Foodnet Meals on Wheels
    Wheels for Meals - $4,000

Freeville Community Council    
Freeville Food Pantry - $750

Horticulture Program – Cornell Cooperative Extensions
    Seed to Supper - $2,600

Loaves and Fishes
Free Meal Program - $7,000

The Learning Web
Youth Outreach - $4,500

The Mental Health Association in Tompkins County
The Jenkins Center for Hope and Recovery - $2,500

Tompkins Community Action
Emergency Food Pantry – $1,500

2016-2017 FOCUS Fund Grants – Total of $2,000
Community Dinners at United Methodist Church
    Community Dinners - $715

Dryden Elementary School
    Dryden Summer Food Program - $730

Tompkins County Senior Citizens’ Council
    Enhance Your Fitness - $500

Varna Community Association
    Safe Cigarette Disposal - $55