United Way of Long Island gifted a Community Partner grant worth $9,000 to L.I. Against Domestic Violence last month.

The award recipient is a Central Islip-based organization that provides a range of services to help Long Island adults and children suffering in abusive relationships.

According to the nonprofit, the funds will help support education and prevention programs for at-risk youth and community members of Suffolk County.

“LIADV is very grateful to be a community partner with the United Way and to benefit from the generosity of donors,” said Colleen Merlo, executive director of L.I. Against Domestic Violence. “This funding allows us to reach youth, giving them tools to make healthy relationship choices. The program is vital to ending relationship violence.”

The donation will also provide self-sufficiency and health resources for the survivors the agency serves.

L.I. Against Domestic Violence was founded in 1979 and has been helping more than 14,000 Long Islanders each year build new lives. They are a regional pioneer and leader in empowering victims and survivors by providing them with shelter and support, while working with law enforcement and the community to prevent abuse.

United Way of Long Island is based in Deer Park and fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. It is part of a worldwide network spanning across 41 countries and territories, including more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S.

“We couldn’t do the work that we do without our community partner agencies and the contributions they make to the residents of Long Island,” said Theresa Regnante, president and CEO of United Way of Long Island. “By providing funding to these organizations, it shows that they meet the highest standards of excellence in the not-for-profit sector.”

Above photo courtesy of LIADV