Trident United Way announces community investments for next 3 years

(Joe O'Neill/WCIV)

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV)-- Trident United Way unveiled their list of community investments for the next three years.

The non-profit will disperse $26 million to local organizations and programs to achieve three community goals: stimulating education, promoting financial stability, and health.

"Over the next three years, that $26 million will leverage another $54 million in goods and services to help the most vulnerable{} populations of our community," said TUW CEO and President Chris Kerrigan.

Representatives with Trident United Way say close to 200 community volunteers worked for six months to decide where to invest.

"United Way is focused on the building blocks of a quality life," said Kerrigan. "We know it starts all with education because kids who graduate from high school earn hundreds of thousands of dollars more than kids who don't. which means their families and themselves will be more financially stable and people who are better educated and financially stable have better health outcomes. So we're focused on those three key issues."

The organization that will benefit most over the next three years is Communities in Schools. Their 10 sites across two counties will share $550,000 a year.

Lowcountry Food Banks will get a combined $265,696 for their Backpack Buddies and "Anti-hunger Service Delivery System."

Crisis Ministries is slated to receive $180,000 a year to help adults in the Lowcountry become self sufficient.

In the category of education, Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center and MUSC's Violence Prevention program are slated to get $162,000 annually for their collaborative community response to child abuse. Dee Norton will also get a separate $7,500 for their Child Abuse School Liaison program.

The Dorchester Children's Center will be getting a combined $170,000 for their Clinical Services Program, their programs at Harleyville-Ridgeville Elementary School including the after school program, and their Nurturing Parent Program.

Focusing on health issues, Lowcountry AIDS Services will receive $100,000 a year for case management and supportive services for people living with HIV/AIDS.

One organization that will not be receiving funding this year is the American Red Cross.

That announcement came earlier this year -read that story here:

"It's critical that we use a limited pool of funds strategically to move the needle on those key community issues," said Bill Moody, volunteer chair of TUW's Community Impact Committee, which makes the ultimate decisions about funding. "It's an immense responsibility that all the volunteers took very seriously."

To see the complete Trident united Way Community Impact report, click here.

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