Boone County Reviews Social Service Funding Proposals

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COLUMBIA - Boone County Community Services Advisory Commission will review funding proposals from social service agencies Tuesday night. Some senior service agencies say they have to apply for more money because they face a potential loss of funding from the United Way. Earlier this year, United Way officials announced the organization will shift its efforts to focus more on at-risk youths and their families.

Jessica Macy, executive director with Boone County Council on Aging, said her organization has received the county funding for more than 10 years. This year, it is applying for $80,000. Macy said the money would account for 30% of the agency's costs if the commission approves. "We do currently have United Way funding, but obviously they have shifted their funding designations," Macy said.

MU Adult Day Connection is another applicant of the funding. Director Amy Byergo said the money would benefit two to three families who otherwise could not afford the services themselves.

"We are very likely going to lose about 12% of our revenue with United Way is moved to community impact, so that will really affect our long term policy of not ever turning anyone away," Byergo said.