ALBANY — Officials with the United Way of Southwest Georgia have announced that Dougherty County has received $46,963 in federal funds made available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.
Officials with United Way said in a news release that these funds have been awarded to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Dougherty County. The selection for funding was made by a national board that is chaired by FEMA and consists of representatives from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army and United Way Worldwide.
A board comprised of Dougherty County residents is expected to determine how the funds are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by area service agencies. The board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.
In previous years, the board has distributed funds to such agencies as The Salvation Army, St. Clare’s Community Center, SOWEGA Council on Aging Meals on Wheels, Liberty House, Neighbors in Need, Open Arms, Faith Community Outreach Center, House of Mercy Community Outreach Center and Second Harvest of South Georgia’s Albany branch — which were responsible for providing more than 1,230 nights of lodging, 4,750 served meals and 14,000 food boxes to people in need in Dougherty County in 2011, officials say.
Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, agencies chosen to receive funds must be private, voluntary non-profits or units of government, be eligible to receive federal funds, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and — if they are a private voluntary organization — have a voluntary board.
Qualifying agencies are urged to apply. Applications for this funding must be from organizations, not individuals.
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for funds are encouraged to go to www.unitedwayswga.org and complete the appropriate application for funding and return it to the United Way office at 112 N. Westover Blvd. by 5 p.m. on Dec. 10.
The emergency food and shelter program coordinator at United Way can be contacted at (229) 883-6700, extension 29, for additional information or to have an application packet sent by email.