Promoting Reading Skills in Children
December 5th, 2013 3:57 PM
Encouraging a love of the written word is an important part of any child's education. With the constant distraction of video games, Internet, and television, it is important to make time to promote literacy among children. In this article, we look at some tips to help young readers develop a lifelong love of books.
Remember that when you take the time to encourage children to read, you are giving them the gift of literacy that lasts a lifetime. Children who love to read are generally more creative and curious about the world around them--traits that are likely to make them happier and more successful as adults.
EFSP funding proposal deadline Dec. 31
December 5th, 2013 1:19 PM
Hamilton County Receives Federal EFSP Award – Application Deadline December 31
United Way of Greater Chattanooga announces that Hamilton County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Emergency Food and Shelter national board Program (EFSP).
Hamilton County has been chosen to receive $132,496 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and, United Way Worldwide. The Local Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.
A Local Board made up of United Way of Greater Chattanooga, Hamilton County Department of Health, Catholic Charities, Tennessee Department of Human Services, Chattanooga Department of Human Services, Chattanooga Room in the Inn, Salvation Army, Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee, Team Center, Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga, Signal Mountain Social Services, Jewish Community Federation, Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Northside Neighborhood House, Chattanooga Community Kitchen, Metropolitan Ministries, the Samaritan Center, and Partnership for Families, Children and Adults will determine how the funds awarded to Hamilton County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.
Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private, voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply by Tuesday, December 31, 2013, before 5 p.m.
Hamilton County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Chattanooga Department of Human Services, Hamilton County Social Services, the Salvation Army, Northside Neighborhood House, the Community Kitchen, Partnership for Families Children and Adults, Catholic Charities, Room in the Inn, Metropolitan Ministries, United Way’s 2-1-1, Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga, and Signal Mountain Services participating. These agencies were responsible for providing 2,724 shelter nights for individuals and families, among other needs that they provided during the previous year.
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Eileen Robertson-Rheberg Ph.D - United Way’s Director of Community Impact, Data Analysis and Strategy - at either firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-752-0356 for an application. Applications are to be mailed to United Way of Greater Chattanooga at either 630 Market Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 37402 or P.O. Box 4027, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 37405. The deadline for applications to be received is Tuesday, December 31, 2013, by or before 5 p.m.
United Way advances the common good by helping children succeed in education, promoting financial stability so people can provide for themselves and their families, and by caring for the most vulnerable in our community. Because of an endowment fund that helps to cover overhead and administrative expenses, one hundred percent (100%) of campaign contributions go directly to these services that help individuals and families in greater Chattanooga, including north Georgia and northeast Alabama.
United Way partners with Chattanooga Times Free Press for Neediest Cases
December 5th, 2013 8:55 AM
United Way of Greater Chattanooga is excited to partner with the Chattanooga Times Free Press for the 2013 Neediest Cases Campaign. It kicked off onThanksgiving Day and will continue with stories of hope and healing that contributions to the fund make possible. Find out more and donate at the Neediest Cases Website.
This year United Way will begin partnering with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in allocating funds from their Neediest Cases program. By doing this, it is hoped that the funds distributed to those in need can be leveraged with available services in order to both broaden the financial support provided by money raised in this year's Neediest Cases Fund campaign and broaden the social support that can be provided through all of United Way’s 2-1-1 partner agencies.
United Way of Greater Chattanooga will work with partner agencies in the area to help people with emergency needs as well as provide services, if possible, to help them become self-sufficient and stable. Call 423-752-0353 if you or someone you know could benefit from the Neediest Cases Fund.
THE NEEDIEST CASES FUND
The Chattanooga Times Free Press Neediest Cases Fund enters its 100th year helping those in need with donations from readers who generously give to a unique resource available year round. Each year between Thanksgiving and the end of the year, the Times Free Press asks readers to donate to the Neediest Cases Fund. Hundreds of individual donors, many who have made their Neediest Cases Fund contributions an annual tradition, donate thousands of dollars that stay in this area to help those most in need. Contributions, which are acknowledged in the newspaper, will be accepted through Dec. 31.