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The United Way of Union County recognized 11 local organization with Community Impact Mini Grants at a reception Wednesday.

The grants, which total $5,000, are given out every year to local programs to meet additional health and human service needs outside of United Way’s partner agencies. Since the program was started in 2003, United Way has committed more than $860,000.

“We are very excited to present these awards to these nonprofit agencies – not just existing United Way agencies – in our community who provide much-needed services to thousands of residents in Union County,” said Executive Director Alexis Alexander. “We’re excited to be able to reach further into the community by creating these new partnerships.”

The grants were given out to programs that are looking to take innovative approaches to meeting the health and human service needs of the community with specific focus on education, health services, culture/recreation, safety and violence, and healthy behaviors.

The funding for the grants are not part of the United Way’s annual campaign, but rather through a trust the organization has set up, Alexander said.

Grants were awarded to:

Camp Fire El Dorado for a mini day camp for students at Retta Brown Elementary.

El Dorado Connections for the Socks for Seniors program.

El Dorado Schools Food Pantry to purchase snacks for their program for students.

Fairview Community Development Association for their annual school supply giveaway.

Hannah Pregnancy Resource Center for pregnancy tests, prenatal vitamins and ultrasound supplies.

Helping Hands Food Pantry at St. Paul’s for food.

KidsNGolf for summer camp scholarships.

South Arkansas Fights AIDS for nutritional supplements.

SHIFT Ministries at Cross Life Church for food for clients.

The CALL in Union County to support their Empowered to Connect Conference.

The Compassionate Friends of South Arkansas for meeting supplies.

Michael Shine may be reached at 870-862-6611 or mshine@eldoradonews.com. Follow him on Twitter and like him on Facebook @MichaelAZShine for updates on Union County school news.

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