The United Way of Drew County will award funding to nine local programs, bringing its 2016-2017 community investment to about $12,000.

Drew County United Way’s volunteer board of directors reviewed applications from agencies throughout the area and conducted interviews and site visits before making funding decisions, according to a news release from United Way.

The 2016-2017 programs granted through United Way of Drew County include:

Advantages of Southeast Arkansas, Inc.; Boy Scouts, DeSoto Chapter; 10th Judicial District C.A.S.A., Drew County 4H, Drew County Single Parent Scholarship, Holmes Chapel Tutorial & Literacy, Miracle League of Southeast Arkansas, Inc.; Area 12 Special Olympics, and Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services.

Money raised in Drew County remains in the community, according to the news release.

Through the support of the local community, United Way provides support to organizations that specialize in the specific needs of their community. Its approach brings together volunteers, citizens, local businesses and service providers that positively affect the community’s quality of life. For more information, go to