United Way of the Laurel Highlands is testing new methods of getting much-needed funding to the right people at the right time.

At the organization’s annual meeting this week, administrators said they are undertaking three new initiatives designed to make more-efficient use of donations to the United Way.

The idea is to “see what the needs are, and then target funding to those needs,” said Bill McKinney, United Way of the Laurel Highlands president.

The three targeted areas are:

• Drug- and alcohol-prevention programs for youth.

• Mental-health support, including education and training for families.

• Spreading Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs to “underserved areas” in Cambria and Somerset counties.

The programs are getting started now and will take effect later this year, McKinney said.

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