The United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. is offering mini grants to organizations that help individuals and families with disaster assistance.
At the request of business and individual donors from throughout the region, the agency has established a fund to aid in the recovery efforts from Tropical Storm Irene. The fund was established initially at the request of New York’s North Country Ford Automobile Dealers in the region, who seeded the fund.
“Hurricane Irene really did a number on this community and we felt that this was the time to step up and see what we could do to help out, said Dennis Egglefield, owner of Egglefield Bros. Ford in Elizabethtown.
“I’m very proud that we Ford dealers could come together and create something that can really make a difference in the lives of some of our neighbors,” added Joy VanLeuvan, general manager of Riley Ford in Chazy.
Numerous other businesses, groups and individuals have also contributed to the special fund, including the organizers and patrons of the Battle of Plattsburgh.
The disaster relief mini-grants are available to organizations providing direct service to individuals and families that have been affected by the recent disaster in Clinton, Essex, and Franklin Counties. Priority will be given to organizations providing services that address the unmet needs of storm victims. There are limited funds so it is important for organizations to exhaust all available resources before applying for monies. The intention of the allotted funds is to provide a safety net for needs that are unmet by insurance agencies, government agencies, and other sources.
The mini-grants can be used for: supplies, repairs, housing expenses, transportation expenses, utility assistance and appliances, health and human service needs and other disaster related expenses.
The application for funds is available at the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. 45 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901. Call the United Way office at 563-0028 for more information or dial 2-1-1 for additional information and referrals.