United Way of Cascade County will invest $1,229,798 to advance bold goals in education, financial stability and health. 
Thanks to last fall’s record-breaking campaign, United Way will help 31,498 people in the coming year through the local programs receiving grants alone. And its community impact work touches everyone living in Cascade County.
The annual United Way campaign aims to make it easy for people and businesses to build our entire community. Most give through a workplace campaign and deduct small amounts from each paycheck.
This year’s campaign kicks off Sept. 7, 5-7 p.m. at City Motor Company, 3900 10th Ave. S. 
“Our generous community continues to step up their support of our efforts,” United Way President Gary Owen said. “Because of their support, United Way is able to bring together community resources to tackle some of our community’s biggest challenges.”
To broaden United Way of Cascade County’s impact in our community, the nonprofit is dedicating $541,984 to community initiatives in the coming year. That includes supporting efforts to address homelessness, prevent child abuse, improve education and manage the federally funded Retired Senior Volunteer Program. 
Employees can designate their donations to specific nonprofits that are close to their hearts. In last year’s campaign, donors designated $202,814 to 106 nonprofits.
For money that isn’t designated, a volunteer committee decides which programs best advance United Way’s goals of helping children achieve their potential and graduate on time, promoting financial stability and independence and improving people’s health.
A team of 40 volunteers spent hours reviewing written proposals and listening to presentations before allocating $485,000 to fund 32 nonprofit programs.
Many nonprofits requesting grants had increased costs as they scrambled to safely offer support to students, seniors and people with disabilities. United Way will invest in new programs, including a program that engages Native American students who have dropped out to further their education, a mobile clinic to provide services to autistic children and a community kitchen that will rescue prepared food to give to people in need.
“Each year, our volunteers face the challenge of being able to fund half of what is requested of United Way,” Owen said. “Our hope is to rise to meet that need with this year’s campaign.”
In addition to the workplace campaign, people may give by sending contributions directly to United Way at PO Box 1343, Great Falls, MT 59403, or donating online by clicking here. 
Broken down into United Way’s focus areas of education, financial stability and health.  Here are the 32 programs that will be funded this year:

Education -- $50,500
•    Boys & Girls Club -- $14,400
•    Big Brothers Big Sisters -- $3,900
•    Foster Grandparents -- $8,000
•    Montana United Indian Association -- $5,000
•    Young Parents Education Center -- $19,200

Financial Stability -- $196,800
•    Alliance for Youth (youth resource center) – $20,500
•    Cascade County Law Clinic -- $10,000
•    Family Promise -- $6,500
•    Great Falls Children’s Receiving Home -- $11,500
•    Habitat for Humanity -- $8,000
•    Kairos Youth Services -- $24,000
•    NeighborWorks Great Falls -- $21,000
•    Opportunities, Inc. (housing)-- $32,900
•    St. Vincent de Paul (homeless outreach) -- $31,400
•    Voices of Hope (2-1-1 information line) -- $15,500
•    YWCA Mercy Home -- $15,500

Health -- $212,700
•    Alliance for Youth (Sober Life) -- $30,000
•    Alluvion Health Foundation (mobile autism clinic) -- $21,000
•    Boys & Girls Club (community garden) -- $5,000
•    CASA-CAN -- $11,600
•    Get Fit Great Falls (afterschool program and Park Pals) -- $8,500
•    Great Falls Senior Center -- $3,500
•    Heisey Youth Center -- $7,500
•    Meals on Wheels -- $15,500
•    Peace Place Respite Care -- $14,600
•    Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect task force -- $11,600
•    St. Vincent de Paul (food program and community kitchen) -- $46,300
•    Toby’s House -- $9,600
•    Veterans Treatment Court -- $25,000
•    Voices of Hope (crisis line) -- $3,000