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) 2018-2019 grant recipients, with $305,000 recently awarded to local program partners and community 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 to improve lives and meet community needs by uniting people and resources.

Advisory committees comprised of local volunteers guide the UWOLC’s annual grant-making process by evaluating applications in the categories of education, health, financial stability, basic needs and community coalitions. Once the advisory committees complete their evaluations, the committee chairs meet in order to determine the recommended award amounts, which are submitted to the UWOLC’s Board of Directors for its review and approval. The referenced evaluations and awards are preceded by a fiscal agent review, which is conducted by the organization’s finance committee.

The aforementioned grant-making process is extensive as applicants must demonstrate the positive outcomes of the proposed programs and coalition activities as well as the severity of the needs being addressed. All of the participants are local residents who give of their time, talents and expertise to ensure the awarded grant funding will have a significant impact within their home community. The UWOLC’s Executive Director, Kurt Brummett, values everyone’s devotion and commitment.

“Our committee members and board of directors have the unenviable task of trying to allocate diminishing grant dollars to ever-evolving needs within our community,” said Brummett. “The past two years have been very difficult as donor contributions have significantly decreased at the same time needs within our community have substantially increased. I sincerely appreciate the dedication exhibited by our board and committee members as well as all of our applicants that make such a tremendous impact throughout our community.”

The UWOLC will provide grant funding to 25 programs and two community coalitions as part of its FY 2018-2019 grant cycle. Recipients will utilize the awarded funds to implement programs and initiatives in the UWOLC’s four focus areas of education, health, basic needs and financial stability. According to Brummett, financial support from throughout the LOU community is vital as local needs continue to rise.

“Our organization could not positively impact every age group and demographic in our community without the incredible generosity of our donors and volunteers,” said Brummett. “We would love to add even more members to our exceptional local team as no donation is too large or too small to make a difference.”

“While our community flourishes in many ways, our collective challenges continue to grow at an alarming rate,” said Brummett. “I cannot thank our grant recipients and applicants enough for their outstanding efforts as we all work hand in hand to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others throughout Oxford and Lafayette County.”

The following entities received grant funds in conjunction with the FY 2018-2019 award cycle:

Education ($92,260): Boys & Girls Clubs of North Mississippi, Gordon Community & Cultural Center, Inc., Horizons at the University of Mississippi, Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library, Lafayette County Literacy Council, and Leap Frog Program

Health ($75,940): Exchange Club Family Center, Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi, Girl Scouts Heart of the South, Good Food for Oxford Schools, Oxford Community Market, Southern Recovery Advocacy, and Special Olympics Mississippi – Area IV

Basic Needs ($85,800): CASA of Lafayette County, Interfaith Compassion Ministry, Oxford-Lafayette Habitat for Humanity, and Three Rivers PDD/AAA – Meals on Wheels

Financial Stability ($44,000): Doors of Hope Transition Ministries, LOU Saves, LOU-Home, Inc., North Mississippi Kidney Foundation, and North Mississippi Rural Legal Services

Community Coalitions ($7,000): LOU Excel By 5 Coalition and LOU Reads Coalition