Santa Maria Community Services Receives $49,175 from the Hamilton County Nonprofit Relief Program Through the United Way of Greater Cincinnati
CINCINNATI, OH – Santa Maria Community Services, Inc. is pleased to announce it has received $49,175 from the Hamilton County Nonprofit Relief Program through the United Way of Greater Cincinnati to support Healthy Childhood Environments. These funds will be used to reimburse Santa Maria for expenses incurred in the Every Child Succeeds (ECS) and Promoting Our Preschoolers (POP) programs between January 1, 2022 and September 30, 2022.
United Way of Greater Cincinnati is administering the grant program for the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners through the county’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) and the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF). United Way, investing in changing systems so more people achieve economic well-being, has greatly researched community need by talking to those closest to the challenges. The organization is increasingly involved in administering government grants to ensure funding addresses true community challenges and promotes long-term sustainable change.
Qualified human social services nonprofits must have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 or provide services to residents who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
The ECS program promotes positive parenting and healthy child development both prenatally and during the crucial first 1,000 days of life through comprehensive home visiting services. The POP program is a family-focused kindergarten-readiness program that works collaboratively with families, schools, and the community through home visitation.
"We are grateful for these ARP funds from Hamilton County that will help us continue to provide in-home services to families negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic," said H.A. Musser, Jr., President and CEO of Santa Maria. "Our home visitors provide ECS parents support for maternal and child health and wellbeing and our POP families get assistance building reading, language and social skills. These funds will help Santa Maria continue to provide essential services to these new and expectant parents.”