United Way Grants $84,000 to Family Service Association of Howard County
KOKOMO, IN / PRESS RELEASE – United Way serving Howard and Tipton Counties’ Board of Directors has announced an $84,000 grant to help fund Healthy Families, a program through Family Service Association of Howard County.
Donations given through the Annual Fundraising Campaign, both individually and through workplace campaigns make this $84,000 grant possible. United Way’s donors help low-income families with children 0 to 3 learn how to care for their children and connect them with resources to enable the family to succeed and provide a safe, nurturing home for their child. In 2018, 18 of the 24 families graduated from the three-year program, an increase from 72.58 percent in 2017 to 75 percent in 2018.
“Thank you for supporting the Healthy Families program,” said Tracy Martino, Family Service Association Executive Director. “This program serves many families, from first time teen parents to families with other children. Your contribution means that families have healthier babies, demonstrate better knowledge of parenting and child development, create positive family bonds, develop connections to community services, and have children who perform better in school.”
Healthy Families works with low-income families on a voluntary basis to promote healthy children through parent surveys and long-term home visiting. Healthy Families’ home visitors screen children for developmental delays, share child development information, and connect families with many other services.
“Ensuring our families in Howard County are given resources to allow their children to thrive is essential to the community’s future,” said Libby O’Brien, United Way serving Howard and Tipton Counties Interim Executive Director. “At United Way, we are proud to fight alongside FSA to prepare all children for kindergarten and beyond through a health, education and financial stability focus.”