WilCo United Way selects 19 programs for funding

After a six-month process, the United Way of Williamson County board of directors has selected the programs that will receive $535,000 in Community Investment Grants.

UWWC received 31 grant requests from nonprofit programs in Williamson County, adding up to almost $1 million in awards. After reviewing the applications for more than 700 hours, UWWC has narrowed the entrants down to 19 programs that will receive grants.

The programs were judged based on how well they demonstrated UWWC's goals in the areas of education, income, financial stability and health.

"We truly wish we were able to fully fund all the requests," UWWC Chief Professional Officer LeAnn Powers said in a news release. "The nonprofit organizations in our community are doing an incredible job; however, we have some very ambitious goals, so we have to be extremely strategic in allocating funds."

Each program offers a specific focus that positively affects the county by helping improve graduation rates, increasing the number of families receiving health care, providing access to prevention programs or assisting families with their financials.

"It is our responsibility to those who invest in UWWC to ensure that the donors' monies are supporting programs that make the most impact in our community," UWWC board of directors Chairman Ed Komandosky said in a news release. "The volunteers that served on our review panel used a thoughtful and careful process to determine the programs that would best meet the goals we have set. This process is one of the main reasons why donors believe in our mission."

During fiscal year 2012–13, grants ranging from $10,000 to $40,000 will be given to the 19 programs, adding up to $535,000.

The programs receiving grants are as follows:

Income/financial stability

  • Literacy Council of Williamson County
  • Capital IDEA
  • Williamson County Financial Stability Coalition

Education

  • Annunciation Maternity Home
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas
  • Interagency Support Council of East Williamson County Inc.
  • LifeSteps
  • Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation

Health

  • Breast Cancer Resource Center of Central Texas
  • Faith in Action Caregivers
  • Hope Alliance
  • Samaritan Health Ministries
  • The Samaritan Center for Counseling and Pastoral Care
  • Williamson County Children's Advocacy Center
  • Williamson-Burnet County Opportunities
  • YMCA of Greater Williamson County

Basic needs funding for food pantries

  • Round Rock Area Serving Center, Round Rock
  • Shepherd's Heart Food Pantry, Taylor
  • The Caring Place, Georgetown


MOST RECENT

The toll increases are higher this year, as a result of inflation increasing the consumer price index over the past year. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)
Central Texas tolling agency moves forward with 5% toll increases for 2022

The increases range from $0.02 to $0.10 per toll and will take effect Jan. 1.

ExxonMobil has held office space at Hughes Landing in The Woodlands. (Courtesy The Howard Hughes Corp.)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: ExxonMobil to bring Hughes Landing employees back to Spring location; Dave's Hot Chicken to open in Plano and more top stories

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 27.

Premier Martial Arts opened a Cedar Park studio location Sept. 23. (Courtesy Premier Martial Arts)
4 local business updates to know in Cedar Park

Here are four local business updates including a new martial arts studio in Cedar Park and two business name changes. 

In August, Cedar Park City Council appointed 15 people to a Bond Advisory Task Force. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Cedar Park asks for community feedback on future bond

The online survey will close Oct. 31.

Waterfall Drive was reconstructed from its connection point at Independence Boulevard to the south end of the street near Long Rock Drive. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Cedar Park to re-overlay roads in two neighborhoods in 2022

The project is expected to start next spring.

Hamlet Coworking will reach its fifth anniversary Nov. 1. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
3 businesses reach milestone anniversaries in Cedar Park

These local businesses are reaching milestone anniversaries in October and November.

"The Dude" is the signature burger at Lebowski's Grill. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Lebowski's Grill upends expectations in Austin; first Houston-area Costco Business Center opens in Stafford and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 26.

More than 35,000 passengers traveled through the airport on Oct. 25, the Monday following the 2021 F1 U.S. Grand Prix. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport sees busiest day ever following 2021 Formula One U.S. Grand Prix

The new record topped the previous busiest day by more than 3,000 passengers.

New statewide maps will go into effect Jan. 18, 2022. (Community Impact Newspaper Staff)
Gov. Abbott approves new voting maps for state legislature, Congress, school districts for next decade

The maps will go into effect Jan. 18, 2022, after the state legislature passed them during a 30-day special session.

The committee will provide input on Capital Metro's expanded public safety department to the transit agency's board of directors.  (Courtesy Capital Metro)
Capital Metro board approves charter for public safety advisory committee

The approval comes after the establishment of a transit police force met resistance during the August meeting.

The statewide job fair will connect veterans to employers as well as other resource providers. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Statewide job fair aims to connect Texas veterans and their families to employers

The job fair is coming to local Texas Workforce Solutions offices, some of which are having early admission for veterans and their families.