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Great Rivers United Way helps Sparta Boys & Girls Club with teaching tools

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SPARTA, Wis. (WXOW) — Great Rivers United Way is celebrating the 70th anniversary of it’s venture grants.

The grants are a way for the United Way to assist organizations in buying extras that they usually don’t have money for in their budget.

The Boys and Girls Club of Sparta serves youth by providing a safe space along with a structured and positive environment for kids. Thursday, the club received nearly $1,000 which they are using to buy more

Ryan Cornett is the Resource Development Director at the Sparta club and he says they have a few Chromebooks, but not enough.  Now, they can serve more kids.

“The United Way is giving us a grant just under a thousand dollars to help us implement equipment for a program we have here that helps students connect with their teachers and educational things for reading and math,” said Cornett.

Liz Evans is the Community Impact Director of the Great Rivers United Way.  She delivered the check today. “We had $15,000 available and our partners and other non profits in the community were able to apply for something that they need. It could be a piece of equipment, or any little thing that would help them impact their programming and their community,” said Evans.

Venture grants are open to any health and human services non profit in the seven county service region served by the Great Rivers United Way.

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Heather Armstrong

Heather anchors Live at 5 and co-anchors the weekday 6 & 10 PM newscasts

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