United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County Invests in the LOU Community

The United Way of Oxford and Lafayette County (UWOLC) is pleased to announce its Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2018 grant recipients, with $330,000 recently awarded to local programs and coalitions serving the Lafayette-Oxford-University (LOU) community. Through investments such as the referenced grant awards and other meaningful contributions, the UWOLC advances its mission of improving lives and meeting community needs by uniting people and resources.

The Executive Director of the UWOLC, Kurt Brummett, is pleased with the positive outcomes the grant awards will generate. “While we are blessed to live in a community that is prospering in so many ways, we face extensive challenges as well and our grant recipients are committed to addressing significant needs affecting thousands of local residents. Without the tremendous generosity of our donors and the dedication of our Board of Directors, Community Investment Committee, and Advisory Committees, our United Way would not be able to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in our partner agencies and coalitions each year to implement worthwhile programs throughout Oxford and Lafayette County.”

Advisory Committees comprised of local citizens guide the UWOLC’s grant-making process by evaluating applications in the organization’s primary focus areas of health, financial stability, education, and basic needs. The UWOLC’s Board of Directors approves the charity’s annual grant awards after receiving recommendations from the Community Investment Committee, which consists of Board members serving on the aforementioned Advisory Committees. To ensure donations have a meaningful impact within the LOU community, there is an extensive vetting process and applicants must demonstrate the positive outcomes of their programs as well as the severity of the needs being addressed.

The UWOLC’s Board of Directors and Brummett are grateful for the dedication and diligence of the volunteers serving on the Community Investment Committee and Advisory Committees as well as the agencies applying for grant funds. “Our United Way cannot thank our committee members enough for their efforts as this was a particularly challenging year due to a significant increase in the amount of grant funding requested and a sizeable reduction in the amount of available funds,” said Brummett. “In addition, the Board and I appreciate the incredible work being accomplished by our grant recipients as well as the organizations that did not receive funding during this award cycle. As the needs in our community continue to grow, we must further cultivate our outreach efforts to existing and prospective donors in order to enhance our collective impact.”

The following entities received grant funds in conjunction with the FY 2017-2018 award cycle:

Health: $84,500

Exchange Club Family Center, Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi, Girl Scouts Heart of the South, Good Food for Oxford Schools, LOU Excel By 5 Coalition, Oxford Community Market, Special Olympics Mississippi - Area IV

Education: $114,500

Boys & Girls Clubs of North Mississippi, Lafayette County Literacy Council, LOU Excel By 5 Coalition, McLean Institute - Horizons, The Leap Frog Program

Financial Stability: $34,000

Doors of Hope Transition Ministries, McLean Institute - LOU Saves, North Mississippi Kidney Foundation

Basic Needs: $97,000

American Red Cross of North Mississippi, Dignity Period Oxford, Interfaith Compassion Ministry, Three Rivers - Meals on Wheels

The UWOLC seeks to make a concrete, measurable impact by understanding and addressing the LOU community’s most complex challenges. Since no single organization can accomplish such a goal, the UWOLC partners with its grant recipients as well as other non-profits, public entities, corporations, and individuals to mobilize resources, promote collaboration, and support programs that can make a significant difference in the lives of local residents.