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United Way Increases Funds for Local Services

Unrestricted donations to the Allegan County United Way & Volunteer Center have made it possible for United Way volunteers to award $230,000 in allocations to 24 Partner Agencies.  Donations of all sizes by over 2000 generous givers will help Allegan County residents access needed services.  
Over 40 community volunteers participated in the 5-month review process, which included training, visits to agencies, prioritization of applications, and awarding of funds.
Many agencies saw an increase in allocations, as the total for 2015-16 is a 13.5% increase over the 2014-15 amount.  
Allocations will support programs serving Allegan County residents at:  Allegan County Legal Assistance Center, American Red Cross, The ARC of Allegan County, Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Bethany Christian Services, Big Brothers Big Sisters, CARES, Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo, Center for Women in Transition, Christian Neighbors SE, Community Action of Allegan County, Community Action House, Family Planning Association of Allegan County, Forever Curious Children’s Museum, Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan, Hands 2 Hands, Martin Area Resource Center, Mediation Services, OAR (Ottagan Addictions Recovery), Pathways, Safe Harbor, Sylvia’s Place, Wings Home, Wings of Hope Hospice.
An additional ACUW Partner Agency, Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan, did not request allocations.
Anyone needing services may contact agencies directly, or call 2-1-1 any time of day or night for a referral to an appropriate provider.  2-1-1 service is available to Allegan County residents thanks to unrestricted donations to the Allegan County United Way & Volunteer Center.