UNITED WAY: Big bucks distributed across county

COLUMBIA CITY — After exceeding its goal of $190,000 by $15,000, the United Way of Whitley County awarded $100,000 in grants to local organizations.“This is almost $20,000 more than we gave back last year,” said Executive Director Cindy Baker. “We know the dollars raised are not as important as how those dollars are invested into the community to give hope and change lives.“But we do know that it is those dollars that make change possible. Change cannot happen without people in our community.”Grants awarded included:•Interfaith Mission (The Lighthouse) — $16,725•TROY Center — $10,900•NE Indiana CASA — $10,000•B.A.B.E. of Whitley County — $8,500•Passages, Inc. — $7,000•Junior Achievement — $7,000•Churubusco Childcare Center — $6,000•Cancer Services of NE Indiana — $6,000•The Center for Whitley County Youth — $5,500•Invent NOW - Camp Invention — $5,000•KC Ed — $3,125•Whitley County Energy Assistance — $3,000•YWCA Domestic Violence Services - Education — $3,000•American Red Cross — $2,000•Whitley County Council on Aging — $2,000•YWCA Domestic Violence Services - Community Chest — $2,000•Community Mid Week Meal — $1,000•Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force — $1,000•HelpLine — $250.00To read the rest of this story, see the Aug. 13 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.