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United Way Distributes More Than $112,000 Through Emergency Fund

Reported: Feb. 27, 2014 1:10 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va.(Jeff Morris) -- United Way of West Virginia said it has completely distributed an emergency fund set up to assist residents who suffered lost wages and reduction in work hours as a result of the water crisis.

United Way has received a total of more than $112,000 in contributions and every dollar had been distributed to a total of 625 individuals throughout the area, according to a news release from United Way.

"This would not have been possible without generous donations from a caring community and the overwhelming support from local social service agencies serving as client intake sites," said John Ballengee, executive director of the agency.

The fund was established on Jan. 13. Assistance dollars provided to the 625 recipients were sent directly to a utility company or to offset another monthly obligation of the clients choosing. Clients came from Boone, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam, Roane and anawha counties and were employed by the food service industry, child care facilities, medical facilities, cleaning companies, schools, hair salons/barbershops, hotels/motels and others.

Financial support for the fund came from individuals in the local community and other institutional and corporate donors. Donors at the institutional and corporate level included Benedum Foundation, Appalachian Power Company, Daywood Foundation, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, WV American Water, Catholic Charities-WV, UniCare, WesBanco, Wells Fargo Advisors, EnviroProbe Integrated Solutions, Glotfelty Foundation, Parkersburg Area Foundation, Unity of Kanawha Valley, Temple Israel, and Rotary Club of Alparetta, Ga. Individual support came from local donations and others from throughout the United States. Individual donations ranged from $2 to $5,000.

Social service agencies located throughout the affected area stepped up to volunteer as client intake sites. They included Boone County Community Organization-Madison, Catholic Charities-Charleston, Community Resources-Ripley, EnAct offices in Chesapeake-Clendenin-Hurricane, Heart and Hand-South Charleston, Mountain Mission-Charleston, PRIDE Community Services-Logan, The Salvation Army-Charleston, and Tyler Mountain/Cross Lanes Community Services-Cross Lanes.

“United Way’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community,” Ballengee said. “Establishing and distributing the West Virginia Emergency Fund is an example of the caring power of this community and the strength provided by our social service network. Hopefully the recipients of this support had their lives improved just a little.”



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