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$43,000 in Venture Grants awarded by United Way

The Bartlesville Regional United Way awarded $43,000 in Venture Grants to seven different nonprofits at their Annual Meeting on May 2.

Venture Grants are for local nonprofit agencies to fund programs that address critical, unmet needs in the community and fit within the Bartlesville Regional United Way’s funding priorities: education, financial stability and health. They are designed for funding a new program or taking a current program to a new level.

Casa Hispania received a $2,500 grant for their Dental Health Project. This dental health project will provide approximately 100 patients with services including advance screenings; fillings; extractions; preventive care--cleanings, sealants and fluoride varnish; and oral health education.

A $3,000 grant was awarded to the Lighthouse for Center Road to Success. Through this program, the Lighthouse will add new class times and course materials to include individuals who work during the day. This allows clients to enter the program upon their arrival and still complete the course even after they gain employment.

Youth and Family Services was awarded $2,500 for Because of Hanah, a suicide crisis intervention and intensive outpatient program. They also have the opportunity to get an additional $2,500 in funding if needed. The purpose is to stabilize individuals who are experiencing an emotional or psychological crisis (specifically those contemplating suicide), and provide immediate support so the individual can be treated in the least restrictive environment in order to quickly return to their daily lives and routines.

The Boys and Girls Club of Nowata, a United Way partner agency, was awarded $10,000 for the T.R.A.I.L. Program. T.R.A.I.L. stands for “Together Raising Awareness for an Indian Life.” It provides youth with a comprehensive understanding of healthy lifestyles with the long-term goal of preventing and reducing the onset of diabetes in youth ages 7-16. The program focuses on healthy lifestyles, nutrition and community service.

A $7,500 grant was awarded to PlayForBurk Foundation. The PlayForBurk Foundation is partnering with the Bartlesville High School to host a leadership conference for incoming seniors.

Ray of Hope Advocacy Center received a grant for $5,000 for Child Abuse Prevention. Ray of Hope is partnering with Bartlesville Public Schools to launch a Child Abuse Education and Prevention program for Pre-K through 5th grades in all Bartlesville Elementary Schools.  This could potentially impact more than 3,000 local children by giving them the critical tools they need to recognize unsafe behavior and to report abuse to a trusted adult.

The Cottage received a $10,000 grant to offering free mobile ultrasound clinics, maternal/newborn resources and residential care for pregnant women.