The United Way of Rome and Floyd County aims to clarify the changes to its method of funding for 2020-2021.

Seven local programs have been selected to be recipients of new Community Impact Grants.  Alli Mitchell, Executive Director, asserts that distribution of grants is currently being restructured to focus more on specific programs that are offered by human service agencies, rather than on general funding for the agencies themselves.

Mitchell states that she and her volunteers are working hard to pinpoint the specific needs of Rome and Floyd County and align United Way partners to assist with those needs.  This is being established through development of a Community Impact Model.  She attests that Community Impact Grants are not necessarily the best fit for every organization.

Over two years, these programs will receive funding from the United Way of Rome and Floyd County:

  • Acts of Kindness, as well as Cooking Matters and Outdoor Adventures, programs of Summit Quest.
  • Project Learn, a program of the Boys and Girls Club of NWGA
  • No Longer Inc., a program of Living Proof Recovery
  • Become Unsinkable Aquatics and Teen LAUNCH, both programs of the Rome-Floyd County YMCA
  • The Exchange Club Family Resource Center’s Parent Aide program

A total of $185,000 per year will be distributed among these seven programs through 2021.

The United Way of Rome and Floyd County also aims to tackle the issues of poverty and homelessness through the creation of the Interagency Council on Poverty and Homelessness.  The goal is to foster a collaborative spirit among local sheltering organizations, says Mitchell.

The United Way has proposed a partnership with the City of Rome and Floyd County to give the council a permanent home, along with 501(c)3 status and a permanent support staff position.

For additional details about the United Way of Rome and Floyd County’s new model of funding, visit www.uwrome.org.