Nonprofit agencies in Bulloch County interested in applying for United Way funding for fiscal year 2018–19 are invited to an informational meeting Tuesday, Jan. 23, said Carey C. Melton, interim director for Bulloch County United Way.
The only requirement for eligibility is that the applying agency be 501c3 compliant, she said.
United Way raises funds for 19 different agencies in Bulloch County, she said.
“We cover all stages of life, from birth to senior citizens,” Melton said.
United Way also works with agencies in organizing fundraisers and other activities.
When agencies apply for funding, they give a presentation to a panel of volunteers, who then make recommendations to the United Way board of directors, who decide on funding amounts, she said.
United Way also fields calls from citizens and directs them to appropriate agencies that may be able to help them with needs, Melton said.
More information about United Way and its partnership with agencies will be available at the informational meeting Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Statesboro Regional Library. For more information about the meeting, call (912) 489- 8475. The meeting is hosted by United Way of Southeast Georgia.
Bulloch County agencies funded by United Way include the following:
· ACTS (Area Christians Together in Service): Provides one-time emergency assistance with utility bills, rent, food, clothing and other situations; (912) 489-4588.
· American Red Cross: Provides delivery of disaster services, armed forces emergency services, blood, health and safety services; (912) 651-5300 or www.redcross.org.
· Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County: Provides programs to inspire and enable young people (with special concerns for those who are disadvantaged) to become responsible citizens and leaders; (912) 764-9696 or www.bgcbulloch.org.
· Boy Scouts Coastal Empire Council: Youthful development program for boys, centering on character development, citizenship training and physical, mental and emotional fitness; (912) 927-7272 or www.coastalgeorgiabsa.org.
· Bulloch Alcohol and Drug Council: Provides drug awareness and counseling to teachers, families and individuals; (912) 764-6405 or www.bullochadc.org.
· Bulloch Med Connection: Provides short- and long-term assistance in obtaining prescription medications for those in need; (912) 764-8196.
· Child Advocacy Services SEGA Inc. (formerly CASA): Provides screened, trained and supervised volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in deprivation hearings in the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit; (912) 764-4849 or www.casaogeechee.org.
· Concerted Services: Provides home-delivered meals to seniors, providing one-third of the recommended daily nutritional needs; (912) 489-1604 or concertedservices.org.
· Family Literacy Initiative: Develops strategies and programs to promote reading and learning and provides direct assistance and academic support to families; (912) 682-7539.
· Ferst Foundation of Bulloch County: Provides books for local community to help prepare all preschool children for reading and learning; (912) 478-5806 or www.ferstfoundation.org.
· Statesboro Food Bank: Provides emergency food assistance to families and individuals; (912) 489-3663 or www.statesborofoodbankcl.wordpress.com.
· Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia: Provides youth development programs for girls centering on personal growth and community service; (912) 236-1571 or www.gshg.org.
· GSU Senior Companion Program: Provides volunteer service opportunities to seniors who assist other seniors living at home but who need assistance with routine activities; (912) 478-0712 or class.georgiasouthern.edu/gerontology/community/senior-companion-program.
· Hearts and Hands Clinic: Provides free quality medical, dental and optical care to Bulloch County residents with no health insurance and who do not qualify for Medicaid and Medicare and live at or below 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines; (912) 681-9519 or www.theheartsandhandsclinic.org.
· Homebound Services: Provides homemaker services that aid the elderly, disabled and recovering patients; (912) 764-9500.
· Parent to Parent: Provides a network for emotional support and information to families with children who have disabilities or special healthcare needs; (912) 489-1904 or www.p2pga.org.
· Prevent Child Abuse: Provides leadership, support and coordination for prevention of child abuse; (912) 764-9462.
· Safe Haven: Temporary shelter and services for battered women and their children; (912) 764-4605 or www.safehavenstatesboro.org.
· Statesboro Library Youth & Family Reading Program: Provides educational and recreational resources for all ages, connecting the community through information, imagination and ideas; (912) 764-1328 or www.strl.info.
United Way of Southeast Georgia also provides funding for agency programs in Candler, Emanuel, Evans, Tattnall and Jenkins counties.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.