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United Way to take applications for emergency food and shelter

October 1, 2012
Pine Island Eagle

The United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades has announced that it will accept applications for funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Lee, Hendry, and Glades Counties through Oct. 15, 2012 (5 p.m.).

The applications are being accepted in anticipation of the funds being appropriated by Congress to expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas. A local board will determine how the funds awarded to this area are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local human service agencies in the area if the appropriation is made.

The United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades provides the coordination and administrative support for this program in our community. Last year over $360,000 was distributed to 17 agencies.

Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must be the following: private voluntary non-profits or units of government; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and if they are private voluntary organizations, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies and organizations are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for these Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds should contact the United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades, 7273 Concourse Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33908 or call Hannah Pelle at 239-433-2000, extension 236 to request an application. The deadline for applications to be received is October 15 at 5:00 p.m.

The United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades has been "the way the community cares" since it was established in 1957. For more information please call United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades or visit



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