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United Way of Indian River County divides $1.7 million among 41 local nonprofits

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — United Way of Indian River County will invest more than $1.7 million in 41 local community programs this year, including three new programs focusing on children of prisoners, unemployed workers and teens, according to a news release.

About 120 local volunteers met in April and May to decide how the $1,725,566 raised during the United Way’s annual campaign would be spent. Lisa Djahed, marketing director for United Way of Indian River County, said her organization chose programs relevant to local issues.

"Our main focus is on health education and income," she said.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties received $5,000 for its Children of Promise program, which partners children of prisoners with mentors from the community.

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