MENTOR -- The United Way of Lake County Board of Directors voted Tuesday to continue funding programs through the Boy Scouts of the Greater Western Reserve Council.
This comes on the heels of the Sept. 25 announcement by the United Way of Greater Cleveland that it is moving to pull their funding next year from the Boy Scouts of America after the group recently reaffirmed its prohibition of openly gay youth and adults.
United Way of Greater Cleveland said it will continue to fund the program through June 30, 2013, and amount of just under $100,000, but likely not after that because of the Boy Scouts ban on openly homosexual leaders and youth.
In a statement released late Tuesday, Lake County United Way said:
"Through the United Way's volunteer-driven Evaluation and Investment Process, each program is examined for its efficiency, effectiveness and most importantly, its impact on the local community. Last year, the United Way's E&I process allocated the Greater Western Reserve Council $74,000 for four programs -- Cubs, Scouts, Explorer and Training."
"The Boy Scouts will be eligible for future funding beginning in July."
"The United Way of Lake County Board endorsed the current process of funding local programs that benefit local citizens," said Deborah Foley, United Way of Lake County president.
"The Board also voted to endorse the current practice of funding the Boy Scouts of the Western Reserve with the yearly recommendation of the E&I Volunteer Process. E&I volunteers report that more than 3,000 children are directly served through the scout programs offered in Lake County."
"They have found the programs to have good outcomes such as building character, self-sufficiency, and life skills."
The United Way of Lake County's Board emphasized that dollars raised here, stay here to fund local programs that benefits local citizens."
"It was reported to us that the Boy Scouts of the Western Reserve volunteered more than 7,100 hours last year for community service," said Foley. "We have depended on our Scouts to assist with the community's food drive. We call upon the Scouts, especially the Explorers, to work in the food distribution centers weighing and sorting foods so we can distribute the items to more than 50 food pantries throughout the county. The Scouts have been a valuable part of our community through many years."