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United Way of Southeastern Idaho
POCATELLO, Idaho (April 26, 2021) – Each year United Way of Southeastern Idaho unites community members’ donations to improve outcomes for families in our area. This year, United Way of Southeastern Idaho (UWSEI) awarded $320,000 through their community investment grantmaking process to local nonprofits. Investments in these programs will fund programs across Southeastern Idaho working to address housing stability and shelter, food insecurity, access to primary and mental healthcare, and improving educational outcomes.
United Way of SE Idaho community investment panel volunteers meet with the Area Agency on Aging Meals on Wheels program during a site visit this spring.
UWSEI, with help from community volunteers, carefully reviews each applicant to ensure that donor dollars are being used to support impactful programs. JJ Murphy of Intermountain Gas Company participated in the grant review process, saying, “It has been an awesome and humbling experience to be part of a process that really shines a microscope on the great work that our partner agencies are doing for our community.”
UWSEI invested in 26 high-impact programs in Southeast Idaho. The following organizations received grants for one or more programs:
These nonprofits work tirelessly to develop solutions to our region’s biggest challenges. Funding from UWSEI is vital for these programs to address needs in the community. Ginny Acevedo of Bannock Youth Foundation said, “On behalf of the Bannock Youth Foundation - we are so grateful for our partnership with United Way. We cannot thank United Way, their Board of Directors, volunteers, and our business community enough for the work you put in and the contributions you make to our community in so many different ways to ensure that Bannock Youth Foundation can continue to do the work through these three grants.”
All of United Way of Southeastern Idaho grant investments are tied to one or more of the organization’s strategic long-term goals.
In addition to the $320,000 in targeted grant investments, UWSEI anticipates distributing an additional $150,000 in donor-directed designations to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations. In addition to program investments, UWSEI leads initiatives such as imPACT East Idaho (Cradle to Career educational programs) and a forthcoming initiative called Connect East Idaho which will better connect residents in need of services. UWSEI also provides advocacy and community education around issues facing low to moderate-income residents (ALICE) and supports our nonprofit partners through technical assistance, volunteer matching, and training opportunities.
About United Way of Southeastern Idaho
United Way of Southeastern Idaho’s mission is to build powerful partnerships that improve outcomes for children, families, and individuals in need. We deliver on that mission every day making investments in local programs and leading initiatives that impact more than 40,000 people a year in Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Power Counties.
Kevin Bailey, CEO, United Way of SE Idaho
Molly Olson, Director of Community Investments
United Way of SE Idaho