Niagara Gazette — The review comes as United Way of Greater Niagara prepares to celebrate its third anniversary as a consolidated agency focused on serving the needs of all of Niagara County. United Way of Greater Niagara was formed in 2010 through the consolidation of the former United Way of Niagara and the former United Way of Eastern Niagara. In that time, the organization has completed three successful Community Care Campaigns, most recently raising more than $1.3 million to support 20 United Way agencies and more than 75 programs across Niagara County. More than 80,000 people from throughout Niagara County benefit from United Way-funded programs and services each year.
While a committee annually reviews recipients of Community Care Campaign funding from a programming perspective, this is the first substantive review of funding policies and formula undertaken by United Way of Greater Niagara – or its predecessor organizations – in several years.
“One of the overarching goals of the consolidation was to strengthen the services we provide so we could have the biggest possible impact on the lives of those we serve. This initiative is in keeping with that goal,” Houwaart-Diez said. “Our member agencies regularly adapt to growing trends and needs for the people they serve, and we need to do the same for Niagara County.”
A volunteer-driven agency, United Way of Greater Niagara provides and supports numerous programs throughout Niagara County that focus on making the community healthier and stronger. Each year, more than 80,000 people benefit from nearly 75 programs which United Way supports across the county. For more information, visit www.uwgn.org.