The United Way of Miami County is changing the way it funds local programs in an effort to better serve those in need.

The shift means that designated programs will know that they are funded for two years at a time and at what amount. It will also streamline the application and funding process for the United Way.

“So in the past, agencies would have to apply yearly,” United Way of Miami County executive director Debi Wallick told the Tribune last week. “Now we are funding the program or the project.”

“It’s a multi-year program, but they know they are going to be funded for two years,” she said.

A news release about the decision announced this year’s fundraising goal. It set the mark at $160,000 and listed the agencies and programs that will benefit from the 2021 and 2022 campaigns.

Those include the American Red Cross, Area Five Agency on Agency, Family Service Association Domestic Violence Program, Mental Health America of North Central Indiana, Miami County YMCA Transit, Miami County YMCA, ShipHappens and The Salvation Army Miami County Service Extension.

The local United Way Board of Directors also agreed to include Dolly Parton Imagination Library and Weekend Meal Deal initiatives in both campaigns.

“Every pledge can be designated to a nonprofit of one’s choice or invested in the Community Impact Fund, which supports programs and services that have demonstrated success in addressing the community’s most pressing needs,” the news release said.

All money stays in Miami County.
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