Donations made during the 2017–18 United Way campaign enabled Northfield Area United Way to make $263,000 in grants to 16 nonprofit agencies.

Among those agencies are three that also serve Faribault area residents.

The grant-making process was advised by panels of 24 volunteers who reviewed the applications and had the opportunity to ask the applicants questions. Seven local financial professionals donated their time and expertise, conducting financial reviews of the organizations applying for grants. Funding priority was given to programs serving the greatest needs and helping the greatest number of community members.

This year’s Faribault area grant recipients are 

• Hope Center, an advocacy agency providing direct support to victims of domestic and sexual violence in Rice County, providing collaborative support to other organizations that serve victims, and providing educational support to the entire community.

• Ruth’s House, providing safe shelter and supportive services for women and children experiencing homelessness, with the goal of helping families work toward stability and self-sufficiency.

• HealthFinders Collaborative, providing quality health care, advocacy and wellness education to people in our community who have limited healthcare alternatives, and implementing a unique community-embedded care coordination program to extend the reach of the clinical team and support patients to be healthy.

Reach Regional Managing Editor Suzanne Rook at 507-333-3134. Follow her on Twitter @rooksuzy. 

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