United Way of Aroostook receives federal emergency food, shelter funds

Posted July 27, 2011, at 5:08 p.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Aroostook County has been awarded $31,250 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs, a decrease of $21,192 from last year’s award, according to a United Way of Aroostook press release.

Applications for this money from local nonprofit organizations must be filed with United Way of Aroostook by 4 p.m. Friday, July 29.

Selections were made by a national board led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Money was issued to high-need food and shelter programs around the country.

A local board made up of United Way of Aroostook and other county organization representatives and leaders will determine how the funds awarded to Aroostook County will be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by service organizations in The County.

Organizations chosen to receive funds must be nonprofit, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and-or shelter programs, and must have a voluntary board if it is a private voluntary organization.

Qualifying organizations may apply by contacting the United Way of Aroostook office for an application for funding by calling 764-5197. Applications received after 4 p.m. Friday cannot be considered. A meeting to review the funding proposals will be held at 10 a.m.Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the United Way of Aroostook office.

During 2010, emergency food and shelter funds were distributed in Aroostook County through Area Agency on Aging, Battered Women’s Project, Bread of Life Soup Kitchen, Catholic Charities Home Supply and Food Bank, Caribou Ecumenical Food Pantry, Community Health Counseling, Friends Helping Friends, Helping Hands, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, Homeless Services of Aroostook, Salvation Army-Houlton, Salvation Army Service Unit, St. John Vianney Parish, The Lord’s Pantry. These agencies were responsible for providing meals and nights of lodging as well as fuel, rent and mortgage payments to prevent families from becoming homeless, throughout Aroostook County.

More information on the program may be obtained by calling Claudia Stevens at the United Way of Aroostook at 764-5197.

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