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United Way Awards $259,862 to Nonprofits

Arlington County Check Presentation
From left: Courtney Kissell, executive director, Reading Connection; Sarah Zullo, special programs officer, Ethiopian Community Development Council; Debby Taylor, senior vice president and regional director, Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic; Tamika Hodnett, foundation and corporate grants manager, Food and Friends; Linda Chandler, CEO, Linden Resources; Michael O’Rourke, executive director, Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless; Elizabeth Hodge, director, foundation and corporate giving, Capital Area Food Bank; Rosie Allen-Herring, president and CEO of United Way NCA; Alexis Vanderhye, corporate and foundation relations officer, Arlington Pediatric Center; Jay Fisette, County Board chair; Janece Kleban, vice president of development; Shandra Niswander, development manager, Arlington Thrive; Skip Chaples, president, Music for Life; Tom Wilson, executive director, Northern Virginia Dental Clinic; Shirley M. Clark, interim CEO and executive director, The Women's Center, and Major Lewis Reckline, area commander, The Salvation Army - National Capital Area.

Arlington County Check Presentation From left: Courtney Kissell, executive director, Reading Connection; Sarah Zullo, special programs officer, Ethiopian Community Development Council; Debby Taylor, senior vice president and regional director, Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic; Tamika Hodnett, foundation and corporate grants manager, Food and Friends; Linda Chandler, CEO, Linden Resources; Michael O’Rourke, executive director, Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless; Elizabeth Hodge, director, foundation and corporate giving, Capital Area Food Bank; Rosie Allen-Herring, president and CEO of United Way NCA; Alexis Vanderhye, corporate and foundation relations officer, Arlington Pediatric Center; Jay Fisette, County Board chair; Janece Kleban, vice president of development; Shandra Niswander, development manager, Arlington Thrive; Skip Chaples, president, Music for Life; Tom Wilson, executive director, Northern Virginia Dental Clinic; Shirley M. Clark, interim CEO and executive director, The Women's Center, and Major Lewis Reckline, area commander, The Salvation Army - National Capital Area.

United Way of the National Capital Area recently awarded 20 grants totaling $259,862 to member organizations serving Arlington. The funds came through designations to the Arlington Community Impact Fund in United Way NCA's annual workplace giving campaign. Each of the grants addresses programs that fall within United Way NCA's focus areas of education, financial stability and health.In total, $1.7 million was raised through Community Impact Funds in United Way NCA's eight regions thanks to the support of employees from more than 800 workplaces with more than 3,000 locations throughout the Washington, D.C. region.

This year, United Way NCA increased the minimum grant award to $10,000. The maximum award, as in past years, is $25,000. United Way NCA awarded a total of 133 grants to 104 member organizations. There were 29 programs funded in the areas of education, 38 in financial stability, and 66 in health.The Arlington grantees are Arlington Pediatric Center, Inc.; Arlington Street People's Assistance Network, Inc.; Arlington Thrive; Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless, Inc.; Capital Area Food Bank; Davis Memorial Goodwill Industries; DC Central Kitchen, Inc.; Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc.; Food & Friends, Inc.; GnG NCA; Home Care Partners, Inc.; Linden Resources, Inc.; Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, Inc.; Northern Virginia Dental Clinic, Inc.; Northern Virginia Family Service; NOVA ScriptsCentral, Inc.; Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic, Inc.; The Reading Connection Inc.; Salvation Army, National Capital Area Command, and The Women's Center.