United Way announces funding

Valley United Way's Board of Directors has announced the awarding of $532,000 in allocations for the next year to the following agencies:

2-1-1 Statewide Information and Referral, $12,000; American Red Cross, $21,000; Big Brothers, Big Sisters, $6,000; Boy Scouts, Housatonic Council, $43,500; Boys & Girls Club, $93,900; Catholic Charities, Ansonia, $40,000; Derby Day Care Center, $3,000; and Domestic Violence Center (BHcare), $29,000.

Also, Family Resource Center (TEAM Inc.), $10,000; Girl Scouts, Connecticut Trail Council, $6,000; International Institute, $1,400; Julia Day Nursery, $2,000; Meals on Wheels (TEAM, Inc.), $10,000; N.H. Legal Assistance, $2,000; Parent Child Resource Center, $50,000; Rape Crisis Center, $23,000; Recreation Camp, $10,000; SONCCA, $1,500; and Spooner House (Area Congregations Together), $30,000.

Also, St. Vincent DePaul, $8,750; U.S.O., $450; Valley YMCA, $45,000; Visiting Nurse Association of SCC, $12,000; and Volunteer Center, $53,500; Wellmore, $18,000.

The board decision came at the end of a two month process that started with agencies submitting budget requests in May, said board Chairman Fred Ortolli. Allocations committee volunteers working under the leadership of committee chair Adrienne Cabral then visited with the applicants to review their programs and budgets.

Following the visits, the volunteers met to review their findings and to make their recommendations to the Board of Directors which approved them.

"The agencies and programs represented in these allocations meet a wide cross section of needs in the Valley, and we know that these programs have a major impact on the quality of life in the Valley," Ortolli said.