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Empowering youth

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month. Two local programs help youth in our community develop the necessary social and emotional skills to cope with challenges and make healthy life choices. Click below to hear Zac Shileika describe how our Boys’ Council and Girls’ Circle programs are saving lives by empowering local kids.

The Boys’ Council and Girls’ Circle programs operate in 24% of local schools. Domestic Violence Services plans to expand to all area schools within the next 16 months.

New funding for COVID-19 recovery

United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties has awarded $162,000 in grant funding to local agencies providing people with food and other basic needs, and mental and behavioral health services.

The money was granted to United Way from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support COVID-19 response and recovery efforts in the bi-county region.

Our local United Way now funds 34 programs at 21 local agencies. For a list of agencies and programs, please visit our website.

Dine Local

Get ready to eat for a good cause! Our 15th Annual Dine Local event is March 1-7 and includes 15 local restaurants. Your taste buds will thank you, local businesses will love you, and local needs will receive support as you dine in, take-out, and order delivery next week.

It’s been a challenging year for locally owned businesses, but these participating restaurants still want to give back!

Each restaurant will donate a portion of proceeds, on certain menu items, to United Way to help improve lives in our community. It’s a WIN-WIN-WIN. Check out the list of restaurants and use the handy map to plan your eating extravaganza!

And buy a couple of $20 Dine Local raffle tickets. You could win $750 in $50 gift cards to local restaurants! Tickets are on sale now through March 7. Only 400 tickets available and all proceeds stay local to fight community challenges, made deeper by the pandemic. Visit DINE LOCAL for details.

Did you know?

1 in 10 teens experience abuse by a dating partner. That equals 2,500 teens right here in our community. Help spread the word that #LoveShouldntHurt