United Way of Johnson County recently announced allocations of $10,000 being made to six human service organizations through the Community Small Grants Program.

Johnson County agencies receiving these funds are CASA of Johnson County, Cancer Care Services, Community Opportunities, Community Partners of Johnson County (Rainbow Room), BMAA Harvest House and H.O.P.E. Medical/Dental Clinic.

These grants are intended to engage the energy and strength of nonprofit organizations such as neighborhood associations and faith-based groups in carrying out strategies related to enhancing the lives of children and adults in Johnson County.

Agencies in Johnson County were asked to send in a letter of request for an application for consideration of the small grants committee. Applications were then reviewed and allocations awarded to the following organizations for their listed programs.

Harvest House-Little Red School House program. This agency, located in Burleson, helps needy families with emergency needs. They also conduct the annual school assistance program to help low income families get their children ready for school. Each year children who qualify receive school supplies, backpacks, gift cards for clothing, haircuts and immunizations. The Harvest House was allocated $1,000 to help assist with this vital program. Cancer Cares Services Medication program. Cancer Cares assists cancer patients and their families during treatment of cancer through financial, emotional and social needs. Cancer Cares Services has contracts with local pharmacies in Cleburne and Burleson to fill cancer related prescriptions needs for Johnson County residents. Funds received from the Small Grant program will be used to purchase cancer related medications for Johnson County cancer patients living at or below the poverty guidelines. The allocation for this program is $1,000. Community Opportunities Special Olympics program. Each year this agency assists their clients by providing opportunities that enrich their quality of life. The allocation of $2,000 will assist their efforts in providing transportation, registration fees and other funds needed to send their Olympians to one of the Special Olympic events in North Central Texas. Community Partners of Johnson County Summer Camp program. In collaboration with Child Protect Services this volunteer organization provides support, clothing, food, diapers and other necessities to children placed in the foster care system in Johnson County. The $1,000 grant will be used to provide these children scholarships for summer camp. CASA of Johnson County Volunteer Training program. The mission of CASA of Johnson County is to train and supervise community volunteers to speak out for abused and neglected children in court proceedings so they can be permanently placed in a safe environment. The main purpose of CASA is to look out for the best interest of the children in the care of Child Protective Services. Grant funds of $2,000 will be used for recruitment efforts and training. H.O.P.E. Medical/Dental Clinic program. Healing Outreach Professional Endeavor, Inc. is an organization providing free medical and dental care for Johnson County residents with no medical insurance. The $3,000 funding from the Small Grants program will help with construction of a dental suite and dental supplies.

"We are very fortunate through generous donations from Johnson County residents to provide the Small Grants program," said Dianne Packwood, executive director for United Way of Johnson County. Through these programs organizations will enhance the lives of many Johnson County children and adults by providing emergency, health, and educational needs.

For additional information on the Community Small Grant Program or how you can help, contact United Way of Johnson County, 210 Featherston St., Cleburne, or call (817) 645-9153.