The United Way of Central Arkansas awarded six grants totaling $5,050, including one to honor the late Milton Davis, to area nonprofits on Wednesday.
Bethlehem House received a $1,000 mini grant from the organization as well as an additional $1,000 in conjunction with the Milton Davis Honorary mini grant.
“Milton Davis was a huge proponent of United Way and the community in general,” Executive Director Maret Cahill-Wicks said. “His family will choose which mini grant is named in his honor [each year].”
Granger and Claudia Davis, who chose Bethlehem House as this year’s recipient, stood alongside that nonprofit’s Board President Tom Nelson and Judi Lively on Wednesday as they received the grant.
Bethlehem House plans to use the funds to add more days to its breakfast program. In addition to its dinner program, breakfast is now served from 6-8 a.m. at Bethlehem House 365 days a year.
The Conway Ministry Center received a $350 mini grant which will be used to help fund the salary for a night manager at the organization’s Winter Warming Station. The warming station is open every day, regardless of weather, from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. through Feb. 16.
Everyone at the warming center is provided a hot meal, community time and a warm place to sleep.
Ministry Center Director of Development Laura King, who accepted the grant, said the center has “seen a huge increase in numbers this year, especially in women.”
“Last year, we had 104 people total. In the first three weeks it has been opened, we’ve had 89 unique individuals,” she said. “There are a lot more women this year, it’s nearly a 50-50 split of men to women.”
She said they also have seen more families with children — five in one night since they opened.
Other grants awarded include:
* A $1,000 mini grant to the Community Action Program for Central Arkansas (CAPCA) to go toward its Project Homeless Connect.
* A $350 mini grant to Conway Cradle Care to purchase a security door system.
* A $1,000 mini grant to the Faulkner County Council on Aging, which was used as matching funds to buy a 13-passenger bus with a wheelchair lift.
* A $350 mini grant to the Ronald McDonald House to fund its mobile health care unit.
For more information, visit www.uwcark.org.