Grants/Funded Partners

Grants/Funded Partners

SEPTEMBER ARTICLE

One of the requirements for those who receive grants from United Way of Waco-McLennan County (UWWMC) are Funded Partner Site Visits. Site visits are an excellent opportunity for our United Way volunteers (including Board, committee, and CIC members/FRC), staff and interns to see “where the money is going.” Reading an organization’s application and reports is one thing, but to be on-site, and seeing that good work being put into action is another thing. During the week of August 15th, that opportunity came.

From August 15th-19th, United Way staff and volunteers participated in thirteen different site visits, with eleven funded partners:

  • Advocacy Center
  • Baylor Scott & White
  • CASA of McLennan County
  • Care Net Pregnancy Center
  • Caritas of Waco
  • Community Cancer Association
  • Grassroots Community Development
  • Greater Waco Legal Services
  • Meals on Wheels Waco
  • Waco Cultural Arts Fest
  • Waco Family Medicine

The site visits may be a requirement, but they are a reminder to our staff and volunteers that while the Funded Partners are thankful for receiving funds, it must never be forgotten that these non-profits are the “foot soldiers” of action. These are the ones who work tirelessly to ensure that our most vulnerable residents are given the tools they need to achieve their full potential. These Funded Partners are doing tremendous work in the community. Many even serve those outside the McLennan County area – bringing their much needed services to more rural areas.

And so this first round of site visits comes to an end. But you’ll note that it was only round one of two of our Funded Partner site visits! In October, we’ll be having site visits with the rest of our Funded Partners. Stay tuned!

“As a United Way CIC member, I’ve had the opportunity to champion the way forward at increasing the equity in grant-making. Collectively, we strive to move the dial in a direction whereby funded programs are representative of the communities they serve.”

Paula Solano, 2021 Community Investment Council Member

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