Agency supports 17 programs

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FARMINGTON — The United Way of the Tri-Valley has allocated $125,100 to 17 nonprofit human service organizations serving greater Franklin County.

An amount of $53,000 was also disbursed to support heating assistance funds, energy initiatives such as the Community Energy Challenge, volunteer programs, a Venture Grant recipient and to 51 other nonprofit organizations chosen directly by donors.

The United Way of the Tri-Valley will also soon coordinate the disbursement of more than $22,000 in federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program funding.

“The United Way of the Tri-Valley Area is very pleased to support programs that significantly impact greater Franklin County,” Executive Director Lisa Laflin said.

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“These programs address critical needs such as emergency housing for adolescents who are at risk or currently homeless, to preventive services that develop long-term solutions to improving people’s lives, such as energy conservation education and school-based sexual assault prevention services. The work of these organizations is profoundly important and it is an honor to be a good steward of community contributions,” she said.

Western Maine Center for Children was the Venture Grant recipient.

The programs that received funding include: American Red Cross, Abused Women’s Advocacy Project, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Community Dental, Franklin County Children’s Task Force, Healthy Community Coalition, HealthReach RSVP, Literacy Volunteers, New Beginnings, Rural Community Action Ministry, Sexual Assault Victims Emergency Services, SeniorsPlus, Tri-County Mental Health Services, United Methodist Economic Ministry, Western Maine Community Action, Western Maine Transportation, Work First Inc.

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