Over $340,000 Awarded for Capital Grant Funding

The United Way of Broome County is pleased to highlight the ongoing impact of projects funded through the Planned Capital Grant program. These funds are made available to United Way partner agencies across Broome County and provide critical support for projects that ensure these organizations are able to offer quality service to the public, and focus their funds on program impact. Projects range from 12 to 60 months.

The Planned Capital Grant Program is part of the United Way’s Emergency and Capital Needs Fund which was made possible by a gift from the estate of William and Carrie Schlegel. United Way donor funds are not used for these capital projects, unless specifically designated for this purpose.

The following projects were approved in the 2014 round of funding (some projects are ongoing):

Action for Older Persons’ (AOP) - $3,999.98
Purchase of computer equipment to offer additional senior health insurance counseling at AOP’s offices as well as offsite, rural locations where residents have limited access to services.

American Civic Association - $12,620
Modernization of the information technology systems, which are no longer supported by the manufacturer, to allow the ACA better perform its tasks in assisting immigrants into the Binghamton area.  

The Baden Powell Council, Boy Scouts of America - $40,000
Two critical infrastructure upgrades: air conditioning units and parking lot repairs in order to continue to  provide the quality resources and training to Scouts and volunteers.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Binghamton - $7,658.36
Upgrade/replace boating equipment that has exceeded it’s useful life at Camp Sertoma. Through the boating program, campers learn how to operate each piece of equipment and increase their physical fitness through this unique water sport and recreation activity most of our campers have never experienced before attending camp.

The Deposit Foundation, Inc. - $24,843.50
A new van for transporting more than 100 residents in Deposit that depend on the program for medical transportation in and outside of town.

The Family & Children’s Society - $30,810
Building upgrades and equipment  not covered by insurance/ grants after the building suffered water and smoke damage after a fire next door last February, 2013.

Family Planning of SCNY - $16,085
Paving of the parking lot, which is currently a dirt and gravel lot that has deteriorated to an unsafe standard. Will also save money on leased parking currently required for staff due to lack of painted parking spots.

Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways - $19,522
A range of facility repairs and upgrades of various structures at Camp Amahami.

Handicapped Children’s Association - $8,280
Adapt existing building at 139 Grand Ave in Johnson City (originally acquired as a gift) to allow for handicap accessibility for staff and increasing numbers of clients with disabilities.

Binghamton JCC - $25,684
Removal and replacement of gym floor that had exceeded it’s normal life. The JCC’s gymnasium has served the community for over 46 years as home court for St. Vincent’s, the Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier, the CYO Basketball league, Teen Volleyball, Early Childhood Center, JCC Camp, youth recreation leagues, soccer programs & men’s basketball leagues.

Opportunities for Broome - $75,000
The complete rehabilitation and renovation of two buildings located at 88-90 Carroll St. and 8-8 1/2 Cypress St. in Binghamton.  United Way funds will be used to leverage additional state funds as part of a proposed New York State housing grant. Currently buildings are either uninhabitable, or fail to comply with housing code, and are in need of extensive repairs.  

YMCA - $63,220
Replacement of deficient windows throughout the YMCA Child Care facility so that the center can continue to operate in compliance with State regulations and provide the children and staff a safe, comfortable environment.  

YWCA of Binghamton and Broome County - $14,830
Coin-operated laundry conversion and purchase of mattresses for the 54 unit supportive housing unit that serves homeless women on Hawley St, Binghamton.