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United Way investing more than $5.5 million in programs and services benefiting Ottawa County residents

United Way in Ottawa County has announced its 2013-14 investment decisions. Thanks to the generosity of the community, more than $5.5 million will be invested in programs, initiatives, and partnerships advancing the common good in Ottawa County.

“We are working side by side to create fundamental lasting change throughout our community,” said Lori Clune, co-chair of United Way in Ottawa County’s Community Solutions Team that makes funding recommendations. “As an organization, it’s imperative we make sure we have a sustainable funding model to continue to meet community needs now and into the future.”

The United Way Board of Trustees acted on the recommendations of community volunteers, who over a course of several months reviewed program results, completed site visits, and assessed the programs’ ability to achieve the results needed to move the work forward.

“We are so proud of the results we are seeing from our partners,” said Chris Galvin, United Way in Ottawa County director. “And our volunteers continue to successfully make important decisions on how to best invest in programs that increase the stability of our focus areas of education, income, and health.”

As a whole, United Way of Greater Toledo, which incorporates United Way in Ottawa County, will invest $11.8 million in Lucas, Wood, and Ottawa counties this year. Of that amount, $9.3 million was directed toward strategies in education, income, and health, while donors directed more than $2.5 million to specific area nonprofit organizations.

To learn more about or get involved with United Way’s work, visit www.unitedwayottawacounty.org, or “like” United Way in Ottawa County on Facebook. For a complete list of 2013-14 United Way community investments, visit unitedwayottawacounty.org.

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