South Central Idaho United Way Distribute Funds


By Paul Johnson

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) This Tuesday Afternoon, the local United Way distributed funds from money collected over the past year. In all, the group handed out $115,000 to local agencies to help fund programs administered by various community organizations. That’s up 40% from last year. Through workplace giving and direct donations area residents can help many organizations. Groups from the Wood River Valley and all of southern Idaho were beneficiaries. A total of 27 organizations and nine senior center meals on wheels received funding during the annual meeting of the United Way.

The funds will be distributed to various programs, including $26,000 to Meals on Wheels programs in Twin Falls, Buhl, Burley, Eden, Kimberly, Jerome, Hagerman Valley, Minidoka and Blaine Counties.

In addition, $89,000 will be used for agency programs that serve all eight counties in South Central Idaho, such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army, CASA, the Girl Scouts, Head Start, SCCAP and the Walker Center, and those that focus on specific counties listed below.

In Twin Falls County, the agencies that received funding were: Crisis Center of Magic Valley, CSI Senior Corps, Family Health Services, Idaho Legal Aid Services, Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, Rising Stars Therapeutic Riding Center and Valley House. Funding was provided for the first time to Intermountain Fair Housing Council, Rock Creek Food Pantry and Twin Falls Optimist's Coats for Kids program.

In Jerome County, funding was provided for two new programs: the Jerome Skate Park and for the Ready for Kindergarten project being launched later this year in partnership with the Jerome School district, the Idaho Community Foundation and Idaho Voices for Children.

In Gooding County, Helping Hands & Hearts food bank received funding for the first time, as did the Kids Count Too program, which also serves citizens in Twin Falls and Mini Cassia Counties.

In the Mini-Cassia area, the Haven for Hope/Mini Cassia Shelter and the Mountain view Christian Church Food Bank were funded again.
In Blaine County, the United Way supports the Advocates of Hailey children's programs, the Wood River YMCA Y on Wheels, and Higher Ground's summer recreation camps. New for this year, Aquability and the Swiftsure Ranch programs received grant funds.

For more information on how you can support your community through the United Way, please call 208-733-4922 or visit

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