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College Station City Councilman Bob Brick visits with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia about his first year on council, the approved PDD on Arrington Road, affordable housing, property values, and more during his appearance on The Infomaniacs on Friday, July 20, 2018.

Listen to “College Station City Councilman Bob Brick on The Infomaniacs” on Spreaker.

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Bryan’s Chief Financial Officer Joe Hegwood visits with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia about a variety of budget topics, how the hot weather is affecting Bryan Texas Utilities, the city’s future superpark, and more during his appearance on The Infomaniacs on Thursday, July 19, 2018.

Listen to “Bryan’s Chief Financial Officer Joe Hegwood on The Infomaniacs” on Spreaker.

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Every two years, United Way of the Brazos Valley sets allocations for community impact grants.

Each of the next two years, 22 agencies in the seven county region is budgeted to receive a combined $325,000 dollars each year.

The next funding cycle includes four new agencies.

Click below for comments from United Way of the Brazos Valley president Alison Prince and community impact campaign co-chair Brian Piscacek, visiting with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.

Listen to “United Way of the Brazos Valley update, July 16 2018” on Spreaker.

News release from United Way of the Brazos Valley:

United Way of the Brazos Valley Board of Directors and volunteer Grant Reviewersare proud to announce the investment of $325,000 for 2018-2019 into the Brazos Valley through the successful
completion of the Community Impact Grant Program. This Program will fund 22 local nonprofit organizations and programs that demonstrate direct impact by advancing education, financial stability and health.

The Community Impact Grant Program began in November 2017 with the submission of a Letter of Intent from 43 organizations. Over 30 Brazos Valley community volunteers spent over 450 hours reviewing the applications and narrowing the field to the final 22 organizations selected (See attached for Agency and Program listing).

Decisions and funding levels were determined based on the alignment of each program to United Way’s Regional Bold Goals for education, financial stability and health.

“We were very impressed with the quality and innovation demonstrated through this application process,” said Alison Prince, United Way CEO & President, “I love living in a community with so many strong nonprofit organizations that address needs impacting our neighbors and friends. I am proud of the work completed by the community volunteer grant reviewers and thank them for their dedication. This is not an easy job because each applicant was very strong. But they have selected 22 organizations that are committed to improving lives in the Brazos Valley.”

Of the organizations funded, 18 have previously received funding from United Way of the Brazos Valley and four organizations are new to United Way’s partnership. “We are excited to be working with new organizations,” said Prince. “The new programs we are supporting include those working in financial education, workforce development and childhood health; all programs very much needed in our community.”

General Joe Ramirez, United Way board member and grant review panel chair observed that the grant process was “effective at strategically directing funding to organizations that demonstrated how they will be able to achieve community impact. Volunteers had to make difficult decisions based on the quality of applications and community impact priorities.”

United Way of the Brazos Valley has been dedicated to supporting local nonprofit organizations as we join together to tackle our region’s most pressing community needs for 65 years. Through United Way, uninsured individuals have access to medical care at Health for All. Through United Way, parents learn skills to raise strong children at Project Unity and Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach. Through United Way, young men learn workforce skills at SOS Ministries. Through United Way and our 22 Partners, over 60,000 individuals are impacted in the Brazos Valley each year.

The Community Impact Grant program would not be possible without the support of over 3,000 individual and corporate gifts to United Way of the Brazos Valley each year. Every donation to United Way is invested right here in the Brazos Valley and creates a direct impact in the lives of our neighbors and friends. To support our work and that of our 22 partners, visit www.uwbv.org.

United Way of the Brazos Valley 2018-2020 Community Impact Grant Program Partner Agencies and Funded Programs are:

Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas: Men’s Transitional Living Campus, Brenham

Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach: Outreach to Teen Parents through Mama Club

BCS Habitat for Humanity: Financial Literacy and Education

Big Brothers Big Sisters: Mentoring Youth to Build Assets for Success

Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living: Independent Living and Life Skills Training

Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse: Adult Outpatient Treatment Program

Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center: Wellness and Rehabilitation Program

Catholic Charities of Central Texas: Financial Stability and Education Program

Easter Seals of Greater Houston: Early Childhood Intervention

Family Promise of BCS: Housing Services for Low-Income Families

Health For All: Preventative Healthcare and Chronic Disease

Management for the Uninsured: NAMI Brazos Valley

Mental Health and Counseling Services: North Bryan Community Center

Educational After-School Program: Prenatal Clinic & Scotty’s House

Child Abuse Prevention through Parent: Education during Pregnancy

Project Unity: Child Abuse Prevention through Parenting Wisely classes

S.O.S. Ministries: Jack Threadgill Vocational Training Program

Sexual Assault Resource Center: Crisis Services for Sexual Assault Survivors

Son-Shine Outreach Center: Food Pantry and Family Assistance Program

Texas Ramp Project: Wheelchair Ramps for the Elderly and Disabled

The Salvation Army BCS: The Salvation Army’s Food Pantry and Rent Assistance

Twin City Mission: Twin City Mission Financial Education

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College Station Mayor Karl Mooney visits with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia about Thomas Park and Pool, neighborhood conservation, community block grants, and more during his appearance on The Infomaniacs on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

Listen to “College Station Mayor Karl Mooney on The Infomaniacs” on Spreaker.

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Congressman Bill Flores of Bryan (R-TX) visits with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia about President Trump’s comments in Helsinki, his amended comments about Russia, Russia’s relationship with North Korea, James Comey’s plea to vote for Democrats in November, the Texas shrimp industry, and more during his weekly Washington update on The Infomaniacs on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

Listen to “Congressman Bill Flores on The Infomaniacs” on Spreaker.

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HEB Manager Rich White visits with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia about what is to come at the new Jones Crossing location during his visit on The Infomaniacs on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.

Listen to “HEB Manager Rich White on The Infomaniacs” on Spreaker.

Photo taken July 17, 2018 of the Jones Crossing H-E-B store.

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Former Arts Council of the Brazos Valley CEO Chris Dyer, who is the new CEO of the Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute, visited with Scott Delucia on WTAW’s The Infomaniacs Monday, July 16 2018.

Listen to “Farewell interview for former Arts Council of the Brazos Valley CEO Chris Dyer” on Spreaker.

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Assistant Director of College Station Parks & Recreation Kelly Kelbly visits with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia about Games of Texas and Shark Week during her appearance on The Infomaniacs on Friday, July 13, 2018.

Listen to “Assistant Director of College Station Parks & Recreation Kelly Kelbly on The Infomaniacs” on Spreaker.

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Congressman Bill Flores of Bryan (R-TX) visits with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia about a possible tariff war with China, Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, VA healthcare options, President Trump’s trip to Europe, and more during his weekly Washington update on The Infomaniacs on Friday, July 13, 2018.

Listen to “Congressman Bill Flores on The Infomaniacs” on Spreaker.

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City Secretary Mary Lynne Stratta visits with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia about volunteering for citizen boards, commissions, and committees, new Brazos County voting technology, and more during her appearance on The Infomaniacs on Thursday, July 12, 2018.

Listen to “Bryan City Secretary Mary Lynne Stratta on The Infomaniacs” on Spreaker.

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