TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. –– As part of the United Way of Tompkins County Community Care Fund (CCF) annual grant program, a total of $750,000 has been allocated to 50 community organizations supporting financial stability, health and education in Tompkins.

In order to distribute funds raised over the past year through their community campaign, United Way volunteer reviewers identified priorities to meet Tompkins’ greatest needs. Reviewers found that the community’s greatest need for the 2020-21 award year was financial stability –– 68% of the award recipients fell under this category. Recipients in this category include organizations providing childcare like the Ithaca Community Childcare Center, and food resources such as Loaves and Fishes.

“While many programs address more than one pillar, due to COVID-19 impacts, this year the UWTC Board of Directors resolved that programs be categorized in their highest applicable pillar,” UWTC said in a statement. “With priority assigned to financial stability programs, followed by health programs, and then by education programs.”

As a whole, this year’s 50 recipients will administer eighty programs and partner with an estimated 1 in 5 residents through their daily work.

Additionally, the programs funded this year are expected to be funded at a similar rate during next year’s campaign –– based off their success and continued need –– at a similar percentage of the total funds available providing, “fifty local nonprofits with stabilizing, reliable funding to operate these programs.”

UWTC statement goes on to say that, “United Way ensures that donor dollars are well-invested by tracking and measuring the outcomes of funded programs. Volunteer reviewers, with the approval of the UWTC Board of Directors, award CCF grants to local programs that can provide measurable, positive outcomes and that address identified priorities to meet community needs.”

Besides the Community Care Fund, UWTC has several other grant cycles and initiatives to meet community needs through the collective donations received annually.  For more information on these opportunities, visit their website.

A complete list of CCF programs can be viewed online.  Summaries of these programs can be viewed here.

Anna Lamb

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