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Emergency funds available

Agencies, groups may apply
Jefferson County has been chosen to receive $13,712 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
   This is an increase of $1,057 over what was allocated to the county last year.
   The selection was made by a national board chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and which has representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities, USA, National Council of Churches of Christ, and United Way of America.
   The board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.
   A local board made up of the Jefferson County United Way Board will determine how the funds will be distributed in our area.
   Local organizations interested in applying for funding should call 541-475-2783 for an application or contact Jerry Broker at the Madras branch of Bank of the West. The deadline for applications is Jan. 23.
   To qualify for funding organizations must: Be private voluntary nonprofit groups or units of government; have an accounting system; practice non-discrimination; have demonstrated the capability to deliver food or shelter programs; and must have a voluntary board if they are a private organization.
   Jefferson county has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously to the Jefferson County Food Bank, Jefferson County Ministerial Association, Jefferson County Meals on Wheels, and the Central Oregon Battering and Rape Alliance (COBRA).
   For more information call Floyd Courtain at 475-2783.