United Way awards grants to nonprofits

Valley United Way awarded 17 grants to area nonprofits covering a wide range of issues in the Valley. The Special Needs Grants Program is a small grants program created with funds that donors have designated to address needs in the community.

The funds are separate from the traditional United Way funding program which takes place each year. Grants awarded were more than $31,000:

• Ansonia Community Action, $1,600, for before and after school program.

• Area Congregations Together, $1,000 for bus token assistance.

• BHcare, a combined $2,500 for Antoniette’s Angel’s House and Mental Health First Aid Training of trainees youth program.

• Boy Scouts, $1,500 for BSA technology.

• Bureau of Youth Services/Derby, $1,500 for reducing school-based arrests.

• Discovery Project, $2,390.70 for the Valley Early Childhood Task Force Play and Learn Fair.

• Junior Achievement of Western CT, $3,000 for achievement middle school Pathways programs.

• Literacy Volunteers, $1,777 for test books for literacy volunteers, students and teachers.

• Salvation Army, $2,000 for family night and kids’ club.

• Shelton Youth Services Bureau, $400 for remedial tutors.

• Team, Inc., a combined $7,630 for caregivers workshops, early head start diapers by the dozens program and volunteer caregivers shoveling for seniors program.

• United Way, $972.25 for community gardening.

• Valley Parish Nurse program, $1,102.21 for children restraint seats.

• Valley YMCA, $4,000 for members in residence.