Court Appointed Special Advocates Paulding, also known as CASA, received $25,000; and Shepherd’s Rest Ministries received $30,000, said Catherine Owens, regional director for United Way whose area includes Paulding.
“These are two agencies that we have funded in the past,” Owens said.
She said both organizations provided a needed service.
CASA uses trained volunteers to speak for the best interest of children in the juvenile court system who have been abused or neglected, according to CASA Paulding’s website. Shepherd’s Rest aids victims of domestic violence.
To receive funds, an organization has to apply for them annually. An independent expert volunteer reviews the application, without knowing what the nonprofit is, to see if they meet the agency’s standards. If they pass that step, then three to four volunteers from United Way do a site review.
CASA Paulding executive director Jana Stegall said her organization uses the money to match a federal fund called Promoting Safe and Stable Families. They receive $75,000 from the federal fund because they get that amount from the United Way grant.
“From my understanding United Way likes that [we get a cash match],” she said.
Stegall said without the money they may not be able to get the federal funding.
She said the money is used to support their entire program.
“We serve almost every child that has a deprivation hearing in Paulding County,” she said.
Shepherd’s Rest uses the money for its day-to-day needs, said founder Kathryn Melton.
“[It] goes into the general operations budget,” she said.
Melton said they started partnering with United Way about 1995. Without their funds they would have to cut services, she said.
If they did not have them they would have to focus more on fundraising, which would take time and attention away from their clients, she said.
“The grant means a great burden has been lifted from us,” Melton said.