$53.5M for Minneapolis – Kids, prevention top priorities

United Way of Minneapolis has announced a record $53.5 million in grants to 144 health and human service agencies in the metro area – an increase of nearly 6 percent for 2000.

The increase of nearly $3 million will support United Way agency efforts to strengthen families, nurture young people and promote health.

Seventy-one percent of United Way funding supports children, youth and families, while 65 percent supports prevention programs that target violence, low academic achievement and juvenile delinquency.

In 2000, more than $2 million will be earmarked for innovative programs to increase access to United Way services.

The United Way, for example, will address the top barrier to employment, medical care and service access: transportation in the metro area.

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