The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

June 27, 2013

United Way venture grants handed out

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — More than $39,000 in United Way venture grants were handed out this week at the monthly meeting of the United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma.

The venture grants — totaling $39,541 — were given out to area nonprofits. There were a total of 25 requests totaling more than $110,000, said United Way Executive Director Pamela Ballard.

“With so many worthwhile projects, the very difficult task of the committee was determining how to allocate a limited amount of funds,” Ballard said.

Organizations awarded venture grants were:

• Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Oklahoma City for Family HOPE project of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma, $2,550.

• Community Development Support Association for Project PASS, $3,500.

• Garfield County Child Advocacy Council for forensic interviews, CASA and enhanced phone system, $3,154.

• Northern Oklahoma College Enid for OPR suicide prevention training, $3,000.

• Oklahoma Dental Foundation for Oklahoma Mission of Mercy, $8,000.

• PreventionWorkz for Suicide Survivors Support Group, $800.

• Retired Senior Volunteers Program of Enid and North Central Oklahoma for Enid Mobile Meals and Mobile Books Program, $4,019.

• Thayne A. Hedges Regional Speech and Hearing Center for low-income hearing aid repair and SMART Board purchase, $4,000 for each program.

• YWCA of Enid for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner training, $3,125.

Another $3,000 in scholarships will be made to Enid Public Schools for students needing assistance to attend the summer program at Lincoln Academy.

“We are pleased that these organizations are committed to address the underlying causes of societal problems in our community and those that will positively impact the largest number of individuals,” Ballard said.

The awards were presented by board officers Yvonne Lewis-Odom, president, and David Burroughs, first vice president.

The venture grants are awarded every year in addition to the regular budgets for the United Way 16-member agencies.

“This is very much in keeping with United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma’s core mission: to impact our community by identifying, prioritizing and facilitating the meeting of human service needs,” Ballard said.