TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Six organizations across the Wabash Valley have been given portions of a donation totaling $39,625 on behalf of the United Way Wabash Valley.

The annual funding helps to provide essential materials such as shelter, food, and clothing to many non-profits and organizations in the area. Being a staple of United Way’s investments, community safety net funding helps to provide security for many residents in the area. 

The following organizations have been awarded a portion of the safety net funding:

  • Marshall Federated Church | Buddy Bag Program
    • $7,750 to provide food for weekend meals to 60+ students at Turkey Run Elementary School. 
  • Council on Domestic Abuse (CODA) | Flex Funding Program
    • $9,500 to provide immediate financial relief for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault to keep them in their current safe housing or get them into safe housing. 
  • Kid Kare Project | Direct Assistance
    • $4,000 to provide items and financial assistance to children ages 0-18 in Parke, Vermillion, and Vigo counties. 
  • Mental Health America of West Central Indiana | PATH Program
    • $7,125 to work with homeless individuals to provide basic needs and other assistance while also helping them with the path to finding stable homes. 
  • St. Joseph University Parish | Samaritan Utility Ministry
    • $5,000 to provide emergency financial support to individuals to pay utility bills and disconnect fees.
  • The Salvation Army of Indiana
    • $6,250 to provide immediate financial assistance to residents of Sullivan, Clay, Parke, and Vermillion counties who are struggling to meet their basic needs. 

“The United Way is working to take a collaborative and comprehensive approach to address generational poverty in our community. Safety net programs like these play a role in working towards helping struggling families. Many in our community are facing increased financial pressures and are struggling more than before. A small financial struggle to most could be devastating to a family living on the edge. These programs are just a few in the Wabash Valley that provide a safety net to help families make ends meet when it matters most,” said Abby Desboro, Co-Executive Director of the United Way.