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United Way to benefit 21 agencies

COVINGTON -- Twenty-one non-profit agencies will get an extra boost this year with allocations from Covington-Newton County United Way.

The agency's board of directors has selected the recipients of funds raised during the annual campaign. All those who applied on time will receive some funds, said Executive Director Doris Strickland. Several organizations that did not apply or did not meet the application deadline will also receive funds because employees of a participating company designated their payroll deductions be made specifically to those organizations, she said.

The local United Way met its $400,000 fundraising goal this year, with pledges reaching $404,000. However, Strickland said that money that is pledged does not always come in, as companies that participate may have layoffs, employees may quit or they may opt out of the paycheck deduction at any time. Last year was the first in several years agencies were awarded the full amount they were initially designated, she said. Checks are disbursed to agencies on a monthly basis as money is available.

The monies designated to local non-profits total $200,000. An additional $25,000 goes into the Emergency Relief fund, which provides heart and cancer patients who qualify with monthly financial assistance for medication, at a standard payment of $30 per month, Strickland said. The fund is also sometimes used to assist with other emergency situations, such as to pay for overnight accommodations for families that have lost their homes in a fire, Strickland said.

The remainder of funds is used to pay administrative costs of United Way, including rent, utilities, Strickland's salary and the cost of the campaign, she said.

Recipients this year are as follows:

-- A Child's Voice - $5,000

-- American Red Cross - $2,100

-- Boy Scouts - $6,384

-- Covington YMCA, summer program - $10,000

-- Empty Stocking Fund - $5,088

-- FaithWorks - $25,000

-- Newton County Community Food Pantry - $12,500

-- Habitat of Humanity - $1,986

-- Hands on Newton - $2,500

-- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society - $5,243

-- Mental Health Association of Covington - $2,718

-- Miracle League of Newton County - $5,842

-- Newton County Senior Services, Meals on Wheels Program - $37,500

-- Newton County Special Olympics - $20,000

-- Newton Mentoring - $5,000

-- Newton County READS - $4,500

-- Prevent Child Abuse Newton - $2,100

-- Project ReNeWal - $15,000

-- Salvation Army - $23,500

-- Washington Street Community Center - $5,875

-- Suzanne Price Foundation - $2,164