The United Way of High River have given out their 2018 funding to several charity groups in the community.

The United Way High River Partnership Investment Committee had their list of recommendations for grants approved by Town Council at their last meeting.

Manager of FCSS Shelley Koot says every dollar donated to the United Way program stays in the community.

"So this year once again we had $75,000 to donate and invest in the community," said Koot. "Those are dollars that we get from the Calgary and area campaign."

Koots adds the funds have to go to programs that help people in High River.

"Each of the applicants do a full application form and then they come and present to the committee and the committee does a really good job in making sure the dollars are put to their best use."

Koots said the dollars help the charities put on extra special programs.

"These programs wouldn't run if we weren't able to support them, or they would have to spend more time fundraising and that means less time providing programs."

This year the funds went to:

- The Boys and Girls club - $15,000
- Foothills foetal alcohol - $5,000
- Foothills Community Immigrant Services -  $12,000
- Foothills SNAPS - $9,000
- Food for Thought (School Lunches) - $12,000
- Literacy For Life (Dog Tails Program) - $5,000
- Rowan House (Branches Program) - $5,000
- Food Security Initiative (Funds for students and a pilot summer program) - $12,000


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