Hancock County Emergency Organizations to Receive Funds

ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Emergency Food & Shelter Board has announced that Hancock County has been chosen to receive $17,307 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area.

A meeting will be held to allocate these funds on Monday, May 18, at 10 a.m. at the Washington Hancock Community Agency in Ellsworth.

The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Council of Jewish Federations, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA and the United Way of America, which will provide the administration staff and function as fiscal agent.

A local board will determine how the funds awarded to Hancock County are to be divided 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 and/or shelter programs, and if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.

Hancock County has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously with the following agencies participating:  Salvation Army, Loaves & Fishes Pantry, Bucksport Community Concern, Emmaus, HOME, YWCA, WHCA, St. Frances Inn, Island Pantry, American Red Cross and Hancock County commissioners.

For more information on the program, contact Eleanor West at the Washington Hancock Community Agency at 664-2424, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Nicole Ouellette

Nicole Ouellette

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