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United Way Of Central WV Says Emergency Fund Grows To More Than $70,000

Reported: Jan. 24, 2014 10:48 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 24, 2014 6:21 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Bethany Simmons) - The United Way of Central West Virginia said the emergency fund it had established to help residents who lost wages and work hours as a result of the recent water crisis has grown to more than $70,000.

The donations have come from local individuals, foundations and corporations and financial support throughout the country.

"We have been amazed at the support from local neighbors and companies along with support from all over the United States," John Ballengee, executive director of United Way, said. "Thanks to social media, we have received support from Washington, Florida, Iowa, Virginia, Connecticut, Texas, Pennsylvania and beyond. We are comforted to know that our theme “neighbors helping neighbors” extends to Americans helping West Virginians.”

Distribution of the funds for those eligible for support is scheduled to begin Monday Jan. 27, according to a release from the United Way of Central WV.

Affected workers can visit the United Way website at www.unitedwaycwv.org to find the locations, hours of operation of approved community based providers and eligibility requirements.

Approved community based providers include The Salvation Army, Mountain Mission, and Catholic Charities in Charleston; Heart and Hand in South Charleston; Tyler Mountain/Cross Lanes Community Services in Cross Lanes; EnAct offices in Clendenin, Chesapeake, and Hurricane; PRIDE Community Services in Logan; Boone County Community Organization in Madison; and, Community Resources, Inc. in Ripley.

Once eligibility requirements are met, affected workers can qualify for up to $200 in assistance depending on work hours lost and hourly wage. Applicants will be required to provide a paystub issued in the last 30 days, a valid government issued identification card, current utility bill(s) and the emergency fund application form. Verification of lost work and hourly wage will be required from the worker’s employer. Assistance will be provided on a first come first served basis and affected workers can apply at any approved provider. Individual awards will be sent directly to a utility company of the applicants choosing. The deadline for application funding is anticipated to be Feb. 21, depending on availability of funds.

Meanwhile, donations are still being accepted for the Emergency Fund. Donations can be made via cash, check, or credit card by contacting United Way of Central West Virginia using the information below. Donations can also be made online at
at the site by clicking the West Virginia Emergency Fund “donate here” box.



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