United Way of McLean County is doling out the first third of its 2013 fundraising campaign to 20 education-related programs. United Way President and CEO David Taylor says five new programs are being funded with two of them designed to help students graduate from high school.
"High school graduation rates in the community have been decreasing relative to the state average. And so part of this gets at just making sure that we've got the kind of programs in place that address any needs that can help students succeed locally."
The two new progams are operated by Unit 5 and the Regional Alternative School. An existing Baby Fold program will continue to get United Way funds. Taylor says three new initiatives are aimed at getting kids to read at grade level. 44% of the $835,126 education dollars handed out for the coming year goes to early childhood and pre-school programs. Taylor says there were nearly $1.5 million requested. Last year's fundraising campaign was down slightly, bringing in just over $4 million. United Way funds about 66 human service programs and initiatives in McLean County. The United Way is phasing in a three-year funding cycle that is based on percentages of the amount raised in an annual campaign rather than straight dollar amounts.
Support Your Public Radio Station