Starke United Fund Committee members say they worked especially hard over the past year to enhance the quality of life for children from low-income families. That included $9,000 to fund the Kindergarten Countdown program. It provides two to three weeks of preschool for kids who might otherwise lack any preparation for kindergarten.
$2,000 also went to Kid’s Closet, which provides school supplies and clothing to Starke County students in need. Last year, the organization gave out 261 coats and 145 pairs of boots, according to Starke United.
Other groups receiving Starke United grants in 2016 include the Starke County Youth Club, Moving Starke County Forward, the Coalition Against Domestic Abuse, and the Salvation Army Emergency Assistance Program. For more information or to donate, visit the Starke United Fund page at nicf.org