Friday, September 24, 2010

United Way grants to help Sangamon County's needy

Two grants announced Sept. 14 will help supply computers and medical care for Springfield citizens in need.

The United Way of Central Illinois gave the two grants totaling $46,000 to Springfield-based charities Computer Banc and the Sangamon County Medical Society to support new programs at both organizations as part of the United Way’s “Venture Funds” program.

Tosha Cantrell-Bruce, a professor with the University of Illinois Springfield’s Department of Public Administration Nonprofit Project, will collect data from the Computer Banc program to evaluate its effectiveness.

“We want to see how the presence of computers in low-income homes influences performance indicators,” she says. “We’ve found some similar studies, but nothing quite like this, so we’re excited to see how it turns out.”

Cantrell-Bruce's comments were featured in a September 23, 2010, article in the Illinois Times.

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