United Way announces student leaders, youth boards funding

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The United Way Student Leaders Board recently announced allocation grants of $1,000 made to four human service organizations in Johnson County. The UWSL board consists of students attending Hill College Johnson County Campus who are at least 18 years of age and live in Johnson County communities. These students volunteer their time to participate in various community service projects such as Day of Caring, Buffalo Creek Clean-up, and Christmas in Action work days.

The board members also conduct meetings, hold fundraisers and allocate monies raised for nonprofit organizations and other community projects that provide vital services and programs to Johnson County residents.

Johnson County agencies receiving these funds are Johnson County Family Crisis Center, Texas Neighborhood Services, The Great What If Project and Adams Elementary School-Manipulating Knowledge program.

Agencies and organizations serving Johnson County were encouraged to send in a letter of request for an application for consideration of the UW Student Leaders Board grants committee. Applications were then reviewed and allocations awarded to the following organizations for their listed programs. Johnson County Family Crisis Center for wooden picnic tables and rocking chairs for their outdoor serenity area for residents in the amount of $225; Texas Neighborhood Services for rubber mulch for the Headstart playground in the amount of $225; The Great What If Project to provide the What If Monster books to first graders in Johnson County school districts in the amount of $250; Adams Elementary School-Manipulating Knowledge program to purchase math and reading manipulatives for a first grade classroom in the amount of $300. The UWSL board also raised funding in the fall through the Run for the Shelter event which benefitted the Johnson County Family Crisis Center and the Johnson County Christian Lodge.

"We are very fortunate through the hard work and dedication of the UWSL Board [and Youth Board] members to provide these additional grants," said Dianne Packwood, executive director for United Way of Johnson County. "These students have done an outstanding job giving back to their communities and meeting the needs of many Johnson County children and adults." The United Way Youth Board also announced allocation grants of $2,000 made to eight human service organizations in Johnson County.

Agencies receiving these funds are the Salvation Army for a youth camp scholarship in the amount of $225; Johnson County Family Crisis Center for summer activities for children at the shelter in the amount of $150; The Great What If Project for the What If Monster books for first graders in Johnson County school districts in the amount of $250; Community Partners of Johnson County for a youth camp scholarship for a child currently in the foster care system in the amount of $250; Christmas in Action for paint supplies for the Day of Caring event in the amount of $250; Wings of Hope Equitherapy for safety equipment for riders and tack for horses in the amount of $200; Johnson County Christian Lodge for supplies for residents to make wooden crosses in the amount of $175; and Careity Foundation for children's cancer and palliative care travel assistance gas card program in the amount of $500.

The UWY Board also allocated a $500 scholarship to a Cleburne High School student.

For information on how to become a member of the boards or how you can help, call 817-645-9153.

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