Programs receive funds from United Way of Acadiana

The United Way of Acadiana has announced plans to fund more than $1.3 million in community programs operated by regional, nonprofit organizations this year through its PACT United grant program.

The grant program awarded money to 44 initiatives that seek to “help more children graduate from high school, build financial stability in hard-working families and help neighbors meet their own basic needs,” agency officials said in a news release.

“We are grateful for these frontline partners who help tackle the tough issues that hold back the success of our children and the prosperity of our families,” said Margaret Trahan, president and CEO of United Way of Acadiana, in a news release.

Education grant award recipients were: 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Acadiana Symphony Association, Big Brothers Big Sister of Acadiana, Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana, Central Rayne Kindergarten, Faith House Inc., Girl Scouts of Louisiana — Pines to the Gulf, Hearts of Hope, Junior Achievement of Acadiana, Lafayette Catholic Service Centers Inc., Martin Petitjean Elementary, Ross Elementary School, St. Martin Parish School Board — Access to Care, The Family Tree Information, Education and Counseling Center, Vermilion Parish Public Schools and VITA Inc.

Earnings grant award recipients were: ASSIST Agency, Faith House Inc., Lafayette Catholic Service Centers Inc., Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic, The Family Tree Information, Education and Counseling Center, and VITA Inc.

Essentials grant award recipients were: 232-HELP/LA211, Acadia Council on Aging Inc., American Red Cross, ASSIST Agency, Faith House Inc., Foodnet of Acadiana, Hearts of Hope, Lafayette Association for Retarded Citizens, Lafayette Catholic Service Centers, Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic, Lafayette Council on Aging, Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, St. Martin Council on Aging and The Family Tree Information, Education and Counseling Center.