United Way Cuts Funding to Independent Living
Written by Admin | December 11, 2019 | In The News
Independent Living, Inc., a local nonprofit serving seniors and adults with disabilities, was advised that United Way of Dane County declined to continue funding into 2020.
“It was disappointing to receive this message from an organization that has been our partner for many years,” Brian Miller, CEO of Independent Living, says.
In 2019, ILI received $90,000 to help low-income seniors receive discounts on meals and home-chore services. The programs will continue but the number of low-income seniors who can be helped will be impacted.
United Way cut funding to other senior-focused programs, too: Colonial Club (the senior center in Sun Prairie), Jewish Social Services, NewBridge Madison (a coalition of four senior services programs), and SSM Health at Home’s noon Meals on Wheels program.
In a December 10 article, the Wisconsin State Journal quoted Miller. “This will dismantle quite a bit of infrastructure that has been serving seniors effectively for years, precisely at a time when the senior population in Dane County is growing.”
United Way notified groups late in November about funding cuts that would be effective January 1. Miller and leaders of other affected agencies have been sharing information about strategies to manage the impact on elders.