United Way of Benton & Lincoln Counties today announced the first $50,000 award in its Breaking the Cycle of Childhood Poverty funding cycle in Lincoln County. The grant supports long-term preventative work to stop inter-generational poverty. BCCP’s goals are greater school readiness, supporting students during school transitions, workforce readiness for teens, and financial literacy for families.
Elizabeth Reyes, Executive Director of Family Promise said, “The funding that United Way grants to Family Promise makes it possible for us to offer Life Skills, Financial Literacy, Parenting, Second Chance Renters and many other classes that empower families within our community. Our partnership with United Way allows us to build a stronger community.’
The “Strengthening Families” program offers ten skill-building classes and a mandatory savings program. Classes are available to current Family Promise families, graduated Family Promise families, and other families in the community seeking to better their family’s situation.