Tuesday, August 28, 2001

United Way looks for Eastside help

By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Three months after announcing it would no longer fund the Northern Kentucky Community Center, the United Way is seeking proposals from other nonprofit groups serving east Covington.

        Requests for proposal applications were mailed Monday to 115 Northern Kentucky organizations, including churches, United Way funded agencies, non-United Way funded agencies, and other not-for profit charitable groups or government entities, said United Way spokeswoman Carol Aquino.

        The deadline to submit proposals is Sept. 24. Funding decisions will be made by mid-October.

        In May, the charity announced it would no longer fund the Northern Kentucky Community Center because of management concerns and the center's inability to show what it had accomplished with United Way-funded programs. The center is in the former Lincoln Grant School in the heart of Covington's

        African-American community.

        The Northern Kentucky Community Center continues to operate a day care and provide programs in youth development, and it recently resumed distribution of government commodities to low-income families, two months after it was barred from the program because of paperwork problems.

        A total of $171,167 in United Way funding is available for services on Covington's Eastside for the fiscal year that ends June 30, 2002, said Joseph Geraci, chairman of United Way's Northern Kentucky Action Council.

        Proposals are to cover six service areas:

        • Comprehensive emergency food and shelter, including clothing, utility assistance and rental and mortgage assistance.

        • Comprehensive disease prevention education.

        • Substance abuse treatment for adults and adolescents.

        • After-school care for children up to age 12.

        • Mentoring for youths ages 13-24.

        • Senior services.

        Funding will be provided to one or more nonprofit charitable groups or government entities, Mr. Geraci said. They must have a physical presence in the Eastside community and the ability to provide services to residents.



The United Way is sponsoring two workshops for applicants on how to complete the application to provide program services to Covington's east side.

        Both will be at the Kenton County Public Library, Fifth Street and Scott Boulevard, Covington. The first workshop will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and the second will be at 10 a.m. Sept. 5. Attendance at a workshop is not required to be eligible for funding.


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