United Way Looks to Help Lima's South Side with Help of Grant
By Branden Ferguson, Multimedia Video Journalist - bio | email
Lima Ohio -
Pam Conine is a 4th grade teacher for Perry Elementary School, and Doreen Martin, a 3rd grade teacher for Independence Elementary. The two attending Monday night's informational meeting for United Way's Southside Project. Conine and Martin have both wanted to make a difference for the families they serve, and think they may have found what they've been looking for.
United Way Director, Michael Hayden, was excited to see such a large turnout, and to receive input from organizations and community members, such as Conine and Martin. Area organizations such as the Cheryl Allen Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Concerned Christian Men, all gathering to hear about how the $18 thousand grant will be used.
The United Way will select a local group to be a "Champion Organization," and work with other organizations to divide up the money and help area families. Looking to apply for selection, the Lima Allen Council on Community Affairs (LACCA). The grant will benefit a pilot group of eight to ten families, helping to develop sustainable solutions to community issues.
Applications for selection must be completed by April 19th, with a decision being made by the United Way on May 10th. The "Champion Organization" will be announced on May 28th.