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County lands emergency funds to disperse

Island County has been chosen to receive $4,588 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

The election was made by a national board that is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.

A local board made up of United Way, Opportunity Council, CADA, American Red Cross, Island County Housing Authority, local food banks, and churches will determine how the funds awarded to Island County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the area.

Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local governmental or private voluntary organizations chosen to receive funds must be non-profit, have an accounting system and conduct an annual audit, practice nondiscrimination, have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food or shelter programs, and if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.

Further information on the program may be obtained by contacting: United Way of Island County, P.O. Box 798, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 or by calling 675-1778 no later than May 19.

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