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United Way accepting applications for funding of food and shelter services

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WAUSAU — Nonprofit organizations and local government agencies providing food and shelter services in Marathon County are eligible to apply for federal funding earmarked to supplement emergency food and shelter programs.  Marathon County will receive $45,771.

Applications are available at the United Way office, 705 S. 24th Ave., Suite 400B, Wausau. The application deadline is 5 p.m. July 15.

The money must be used for mass shelter, mass feeding, food distribution through food pantries and food banks, one-month utility programs to prevent service cut-off, and one-month rent/mortgage assistance to prevent evictions or assist people leaving shelters to establish stable living conditions.

To qualify, the organization must: 1) be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, 6) and if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.

A local board comprised of representatives from county government, local human services agencies, and minority and veterans groups will review the applications and distribute money awarded to Marathon County. The local board has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously to the Community Center of Hope, The Neighbors’ Place and The Salvation Army.

For more information, call United Way of Marathon County’s Community Impact Assistant, Nancy Newville, at 715-298-5717.

Funds were made available through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

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