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United Way Awards Venture Grants

The Bartlesville Regional United Way awarded $43,000 in Venture Grants to five different nonprofits at their Annual Meeting on May 1.

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, Income and Health. They are designed for funding a new program or taking a current program to a new level.

Elder Care received a $10,000 grant for Understanding and Coping with Alzheimer’s. This program intends to develop an educational curriculum for caregivers which will provide a better understanding of how to best serve those suffering from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

A $10,000 grant was awarded to Family Promise of Washington County for a program that will provide emergency housing for families through a partnership with local host congregations. They will offer a variety of services for the family in order to get them into stable housing. The goal of this program is to help families build stability and prevent a return to homelessness.

Youth and Family Services was awarded $3,000 for Because of Hanah, a suicide crisis intervention and intensive outpatient program. 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 $10,000 grant was awarded to Paths to Independence for Promoting Self-Sufficiency. This grant will allow them to set up a facility for students to learn and practice job related skills such as: car detailing, print shop activities and a garden to create a farmer’s market. Job training aimed at students with autism will be targeted to each student’s needs and will prepare the student for employment.

“Congratulations to all the recipients of the 2016 Venture Grants,” BRUW CEO and Executive Director Jody Burch said. “We are excited to see the impact these programs will have on the community in the upcoming year.”