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United Way Of Central WV Continues To Distribute Emergency Funds To Qualifying Residents

Reported: Feb. 6, 2014 11:22 AM EST
Updated: Feb. 7, 2014 12:33 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Bethany Simmons) - The United Way of Central West Virginia said Thursday it continues to distribute emergency funds to qualifying West Virginians affected by the water crisis.

“The outpouring of support from the local community and beyond has been overwhelming,” said John Ballengee, executive director of United Way of Central West Virginia. “After seeing the fund grow quickly to more than $101,000, we have now provided support to nearly 300 people and more than $50,000 has been shared with those in need.”

Partner agency locations will continue to accept applications for assistance at least until Feb. 21 or until the fund is extinguished.

Affected workers can log onto the website for the United Way to find the locations, hours of operations of approved community-based providers and eligibility requirements.

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 bills 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.

“This is a caring and supportive community,” Ballengee said. “While the water crisis is the most recent issue we’ve had to face, there are crisis situations that arise most every day in people’s lives, which emphasizes the need for a strong social service network year round. With community support and strong agency network, we can handle anything.”



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