The United Way of Central Arkansas thanked the companies and agencies that take part in the grant application process during its annual agency breakfast. 

Chairman Jason Culpepper thanked the director of each organization for their proposals and programs.
“It's good to see agencies interact with each other,” said Culpepper. “It’s important that non profit communities have a good working relationship with each other.”

United Way funded 23 programs within their 17 partner agencies. These agencies use the funding toward their programs, which include transportation, food availability, recreational services and others.

Randy Ohlde, Site Director of Step By Step, which has been an agency in part with United Way for the past nine years, explained the importance of the grants for the programs and each agency. 

“It helps not only in the financial aspect, but also the community you make,” said Ohlde.

United Way also allocates funds to their own programs, including Charity Tracker, which is used among the other agencies, Stuff the Bus, and VITA. VITA is United Way’s tax preparation program in which the employees provide their services to those who are unable to afford taxes. 

“We are empowering them to [find] long term solutions for their future,” said Aimee Prince, Resource Development Director of United Way. 

During the breakfast, the agencies came and went, mingling and having their coffee, sandwiches and donuts. United Way’s Chairman, Jason Culpepper, thanked all the agency representatives who came, as they left exchanging good greetings. 

United Way’s funded agencies are: Arkansas Single Scholarship Fund, Bethlehem House, Boys and Girls Club, Center for Exceptional Children, Child Care Aware, Children’s Advocacy Alliance, Conway Cradle Care, Community Action Program for Central Arkansas, Community Connections, Community Service Inc., Faulkner County Council on Aging, Faulkner County Juvenile Court, Imagination Library, Milestones Services Inc., Perry County Senior Center, Salvation Army, Van Buren County Aging Program, and Women’s Shelter.