United Way gives $250,000Written by Scott McKimmy | | email@example.com
United Way of Greater Toledo announced at a press conference Aug. 5 the release of $250,000 through its Response to the Recession program to assist families in need.
The funds include $53,000 to be allocated to existing charitable agencies in Wood County and $18,000 in Ottawa County, according to Bill Kitson, United Way president and CEO. Another $25,000 will be held until winter to assist families in need of heat and utilities. Among the agencies are the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities and Toledo Area Ministries.
“We’re using the existing partners that we have in the community,” Kitson said. “These are the agencies that do this all the time and they’re very good at it. We’re not about creating those programs; we want to make sure that the agencies that are doing good work get supported.”
The fund’s availability stems directly from United Way’s 2007 campaign, Kitson added, which experienced a 7 percent increase from the previous year. The group raised more than $14.5 million in what he described as a great campaign.
United Way’s board members decided to set aside the money in May as a result of an increase in calls to its 2-1-1 hotline.
For information, call (419) 248-2424 in Lucas County, (419) 352-2390 in Wood County and (419) 734-6645 in Ottawa County.