When Hurricane Sandy came ashore on October 29, 2012, residents of Preston County experienced heavy snow and wind that paralyzed our community. Approximately 25% of households sought assistance as a result of the storm and 3,418 families received some form of assistance during the weeks that followed.
United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties has been awarded $30,000 to provide near and long-term support to our neighbors that were hit hardest. The funding is distributed through the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund and was collected from donors around the globe in the aftermath of the storm. Over $9.6 million were raised for the Fund. In the first phase of distribution, $5.7 million of the Fund will be distributed to local United Ways who will grant moneys to community organizations that can make the greatest impact for the families still struggling in the aftermath of the storm.
United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties has partnered with four local Preston County agencies to distribute the funding.
Food for Preston will receive funds to purchase food and non-perishable items for the twelve food pantries located in Preston County.
The Salvation Army, Raymond Wolfe Center, and the Connecting Link will receive funding to provide financial assistance to individuals and families. Households may begin applying for assistance on Monday, March 18th. Each household is eligible to receive up to $100. To verify eligibility, households must:
- Be located in Preston County and
- Be able to provide receipts or utility bills to show hardship caused by the storm
All three agencies will share information to avoid duplication and will continue to provide assistance until all funds have been distributed. For more information or to apply, please contact:
- Salvation Army- 304-329-1245
- Raymond Wolfe Center- 304-329-3644
- The Connecting Link- 304-296-3300
“United Way, along with the rest of our country, watched as our family, friends, and neighbors experienced incomprehensible loss due to the storm,” commented Brandi Helms, Executive Director of United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties. “We are grateful to caring individuals across the country who contributed funds for us to provide assistance to our neighbors in Preston County.”
United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties provides funding to 48 programs at 28 health and human service agencies in the two-county region. Their work is focused around the building blocks for a successful life: education, income, and health.