United Way Of Greater Union County Raises $165,000 In Sandy Relief Efforts

UNION COUNTY — To help those hardest hit by the storm, United Way of Greater Union County launched the Hurricane Sandy Community Recovery Fund in early November.

UWGUC has raised over $165,000 through the help of corporate partners such as NuStar Foundation, Greehey Family Foundation, Linde North America, Inc. and many individual donors. These large donors provided special consideration to communities that were hardest hit including Linden, Plainfield, and Elizabeth.

Funds will be used to cover gaps not restored by service organizations, government programs or insurance. UWGUC relief funds are designated for items such as, but not limited to, food, household sanitizing supplies, diapers, infant formula, school supplies, and winter coats/hats/scarves. Funds will also be used for emergency relief such as rental/mortgage payments, school supplies, utility payments, transportation cards/passes, prescriptions, medical supplies, and/or legal assistance.

Funds will be managed and distributed by the Union County Emergency Food and Shelter Program Local Board that represent the emergency food, shelter and unmet needs of the greater Union County community. Local agencies seeking relief funds must contact Dawn Jeglinski at 1-908-373-7171, Ext.116.

The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, Dec. 19 by 3 p.m. Under the terms set forth by the Union County Emergency Food and Shelter Program Local Board, qualifying agencies must be a 501C3 non-profit, have an established accounting system, conduct annual audits, and must have a non-discrimination policy. Also, if they are a voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.

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