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      United Way Announces from page 1

        • Treasure Coast ABA’s early intervention program for
      children with developmental disabilities
         The funding comes at a pivotal time when more demand
      and fewer donations are hitting local nonprofits hard as
      they try to battle economic pressures to provide critical
      community services.
         “Low-income adults, families and children are
      managing more demands and stress than ever before,”
      said Carol G. Houwaart-Diez, president/CEO of United
      Way of Martin County. “Our community organizations
      have answered  the call  to  support  those  in crisis,  but   The grants were presented at the Big Reveal sponsored by
      our nonprofits are also facing inflationary pressures and   Capstone IT. Pictured: Micheal Borlaug with Capstone IT.  United Way presented a community impact grant for $7,500
                                                                                                           to Treasure Coast ABA for its early intervention program.
                                                                                                           Pictured left to right: Carol G. Houwaart-Diez, United Way of
                                                                                                           Martin County; Diane Donahue, TCABA; Geoff Lieberman,
                                                                                                           United Way of Martin County Board president

                                                                                                           labor shortages and have the added challenge of meeting
                                                                                                           increased demand with declining revenue.”
                                                                                                              To overcome these obstacles, United Way has become
                                                                                                           laser-focused on finding synergy and shared opportunities
                                                                                                           in order to build a community where everyone has the
                                                                                                           opportunity and access to thrive. More than 60 community
                                                                                                           volunteers helped make funding decisions during a rigorous
                                                                                                           evaluation process to ensure grants are distributed objectively
      United Way presented a community impact grant for $12,960   United Way presented a community impact grant for $25,000   and aligned with United Way’s goals.
      to  the Banner Lake  Club for its beyond summer slide   to Love and Hope In Action (LAHIA) for its client services      “We find, fund and partner with the most effective
      program. Pictured left to right: Carol G. Houwaart-Diez,   program. Pictured left to right: Carol G. Houwaart-Diez,   programs and organizations in Martin County,” Diez said.
      United Way of Martin County; Wendy Reynoso, Banner Lake   United Way of Martin County; Brenda Dickerson, LAHIA;   “We have a volunteer-led Fund Distribution Committee that
      Club; Chenelle Weaver, Banner Lake Club; Geoff Lieberman,   Lauren Zettle, LAHIA; Geoff Lieberman, United Way of   monitors the progress of the grants. When they see programs
      United Way of Martin County Board President       Martin County Board President                      work, we want to try to help find ways to bring their successes
                                                                                                           to scale,” she said. “When we see them stumble, we want
                                                                                                           to identify the problem and help correct it. Our goal is to
                                                                                                           maximize impact, much like a financial manager selects
                                                                                                           investments to maximize profit.”
                                    Aligned                                                                   Beyond these grants, an additional $872,432 will support
                                       with                                                                local nonprofits through direct designations as well as funding
                                                                                                           for United Way’s internal programs, including the United Way
                                                                                                           Holiday Project, Tools for Success and Volunteer Income Tax
          Home • Auto • Boat • RV • Life                                                                   Assistance.
                                                                                                             This investment is made possible through the support of
          Flood • Business • Commercial                                                                      thousands of community members and corporate partners
                                                                                                           who contribute to United Way’s annual campaign. For a full
                                                                                                           list of funded programs, visit
                         Mary-Beth Zipsir                                                                  FundedPrograms. To get involved by donating your time,
                         Agent in Charge                                                                   money or voice to make Martin County a better place, visit
                         O: (772) 233-4444                                                                 About United Way Of Martin County
                                                                       United Way of Martin County’s mission is to lift the
                                                                                                           community and change lives together through the collective
                           It's our policy that you know yours                                             power of advancing the common good. Since 1972, the United
                                                                                                           Way has been working to create long-term social change and
                                                                                                           provide support to Martin County residents by investing in
                                                                                                           programs that strive to: enhance healthy living, improve
                                                                                                           education, and support financial stability.

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