The United Way has distributed $21,000 to Franklin County not-for-profits, a 30 percent increase over 2016.

Earl Solomon, chairman for the United Way of the Big Bend said his committee is not resting on their laurels, though.

“We have already begun to plan our campaign for next year,” he said.

Last month, 16 charitable organizations directly serving Franklin County got a share of the wealth.

The largest stipend, $3,800, was received by the American Red Cross in response to a request for $4,000. Local Red Cross volunteers serve the county in a number of capacities but are particularly focused on immediate aid to victims of personal losses like house fires. The Red Cross provides funds for temporary lodgings, replacement clothing and toiletries and more.

The second largest allotment went to the Carrabelle Food Pantry, which requested $5,000 and received $3,370.

America’s Second Harvest, which distributes food in Apalachicola, Eastpoint and Carrabelle requested and received $1,700.

Big Bend Hospice requested and received $3,000, $200 of which was a dedicated contribution from an anonymous donor.

Lighthouse of the Big Bend asked for $3,600 and received $2,500. Lighthouse of the Big Bend offers services to individuals with vision loss in Franklin County, including orientation and mobility therapy, vocation rehabilitation, assistive technology, services for children and teens, iPhone training, and support groups.

2-1-1 Big Bend, a 24-hour telephone help line which provides information and emergency support, received a requested $500.

The Alzheimer’s Project requested and received $1,000.

Big Bend Cares requested $1,000 and received $500. Big Bend Cares provides education and comprehensive support to people infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS in Franklin and surrounding counties.

The Boy Scouts requested and received $1,000. The scouts made no request for aid in 2016.

Capital Area Community Agency, which has requested funds in the past, made no request this cycle. The Capital Area Community Action Agency (CACAA) is a private, non-profit agency serving low-income families in eight counties in the Big Bend region. CACCA provides financial support, counseling and emergency services, and has oversight over the Head Star program..

The Children’s Home Society, which provides support for children in need of adoption or foster care, requested and received $1,000.

Elder Care Services made no request for funds but received $200 which was a dedicated contribution from an anonymous donor.

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) requested and received $1,000. The mission of FCA as stated on their website is, “To present to coaches and athletes, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.”

Franklin’s Promise Coalition (FPC) is described on its Facebook Blog as, “an advocate for the community (that) provides the opportunity of a forum, for networking with service providers, churches, other institutions, and interested citizen volunteers of Franklin County.”

The coalition requested $10,000 for a project entitled, “Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by World.” FPC received $200 which was a dedicated contribution from an anonymous donor.

The Office of Public Guardian requested and received $200 in support of the Guardian Ad Litem program, which provides counseling and legal support for at risk youth. The group made no request in 2016.

Refuge House, which provides shelter form domestic abuse, requested and received $1,000.

Solomon said the funds are awarded by a four-member allocation committee of Franklin County residents. “We tried to be as fair as possible and balance things out,” he said.