Our Focus Areas

Faith and Action

Reaching high-risk youth is no easy task. That’s why United Way has taken an unconventional approach. We call it Faith and Action (FAA). The faith presence in communities is powerful yet not readily acknowledged by many who are focused on secular activities. Faith-based social ministries, while less visible than mainstream human services, are effective at facilitating growth and change for young people. Young people’s involvement in faith-based activities often provides transformational opportunities for high-risk and at-risk adolescents as well as protects them from choosing negative behavioral responses to the developmental and social challenges they face. As part of the Increasing Youth Opportunities Impact Strategy, Faith and Action (FAA) seeks to reach high-risk youth in under-served communities who do not seek help through traditional human services. Faith and Action grants provide operating support for programs designed to reach and involve youth outside of the existing congregation.


For those interested in applying for Faith and Action Grants: Letters will be reviewed by committee members and United Way staff. Organizations whose projects are consistent with Faith and Action guidelines and objectives will be invited to submit a full proposal for consideration by the Faith and Action Committee and scheduled for an organizational site visit. Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time. Proposals will be considered only between September and May of each year. Funding levels will vary but will generally range between $20,000 and $30,000. For further information, click the application link to the right.