Sioux Empire United Way has awarded more than $200,000 in grants to several area non-profits for 2019. Community Impact Grant funding is awarded specifically for programs that have been in existence for less than three years. This year, nine area non-profit programs received grant awards. The funds will be used for programs that provide a variety of services that include: support for care givers of older adults, preschool opportunities for at-risk children, and an alternative to juvenile detention for youth.
2019 Community Impact Grant Recipients:
Active Generations; Caregiver Case Management – Provides support to caregivers of adults through one-on-one caregiver coaching, email correspondence, support groups, education, and more. Many family caregivers support their loved ones at significant cost to their own physical, emotional, and financial well-being. The goal of this program is to help caregivers find solutions to their challenges, reduce their stress, and regain a sense of control over their lives so they can continue their role as a caregiver. Anticipate to serve 50 caregivers.
Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment; ACE Interface Training – This program will provide consistent ACE Interface trainings in the Sioux Falls area and focus education to community members on how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are impacting not only children today, but our workforce, law enforcement needs, and medical services. Will assist with approximately 104 community trainings in the next year.
Helpline Center; Outreach Support Program – Designed to support isolated or homebound older adults. This program is an innovative approach utilizing telephone assurance as a mode of connection to reduce loneliness. It also provides the clients with information about additional community services they may be able to access. Anticipate to support 50 older adults with 1,000+ phone calls.
Helpline Center; Network of Care – A systematic infrastructure created to coordinate basic needs services for individuals and families in a more efficient, effective, and caring manner through the use of a common intake process and a shared software system. In addition to better serving clients, it will also provide reliable, accurate data on a community-wide level and increase the capacity of nonprofit agencies.
The Hope Coalition; Project Hope – Provides additional pre-kindergarten slots to at-risk children through a collaboration of churches, businesses, and non-profits. Anticipate to serve 100 students.
Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota; Arise Youth Center/East’s Evening Report Center – Provides alternatives to juvenile detention to youth ages 10-17 in Minnehaha County. Provides supervision and learning support during hours when youth may be more likely to be unsupervised. Focuses on life skills, homework assistance, job readiness, and group community service. Aim to serve 30-35 youth who have completed their requirements through Minnehaha County, but would like to continue with the program.
Sioux Falls Family YMCA; Downtown Activity Center – Provides youth development activities in the afternoon and evening hours for children under the age of 18. Recreational activities include: basketball, racquetball, group exercise classes, game room, homework help, and more.
Sioux Falls School District; EL Support – Enhances the support given to students who have English as a second language (English Learners). Will provide additional academic support with a low teacher-to-student ratio through tutoring services after school at Washington High School. Anticipate to tutor 70 students.
Sioux Falls Thrive; Mental Health Services – Will provide support to the future Mental Health Action Team. This will include program coordination, research on the need/resources/access (K-12), public education, professional facilitation, development of tactical plan, and establishment of performance indicators.