Friday, September 28, 2018 United Way of Laurens County will be hosting the Phase 35 Local Board Meeting for the FEMA Emergency food and Shelter program. This meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at the United Way of Laurens County office.
The National FEMA EFSP Board has announced a $25,791 award to Laurens County in Federal Funds for Phase 35 under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.
This funding level is a decrease from previous awards, so the Local Board asks that all requests be presented fair and reasonable.
The National Board is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the Salvation Army; American Red Cross; United Jewish Communities; Catholic Charities, USA; National Councils of the Churches of Christ in the USA; and United Way of America.
A local Board made up of representatives of the United Way of Laurens County, Dept. of Social Services, American Red Cross and others will determine how the funds to Laurens County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. These allocations will be set as percentages of the total funding. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.
Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1. Be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2. Have an accounting system, 3. Practice non-discrimination, 4. 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 agencies are urged to apply.
Laurens County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with many area non-profits participating. These agencies were responsible for providing numerous meals and nights of emergency lodging.
Public or private agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Alesia Carter, Interim Executive Director, United Way of Laurens County for an application. You may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call 864-833-3623, or contact by mail at PO Box 544, Clinton, SC 29325. The deadline for applications to be received by Mrs. Carter is Monday, September 24, 2018.
LAURENS CO.— David Dunagan, Executive Director of the United Way of Laurens County (UWLC), announced his resignation last week after seven months with the organization. Dunagan filled the Director position in December 2017, he has lived in Clinton since his graduation from PC in 2008. Dungan recently accepted an assistant coaching position at Dublin High School in Georgia, where he will pursue his passion of coaching and working with youth.
The UWLC Executive Committee agreed Alesia Carter will serve as the Interim Executive Director. Carter has served as a fulltime AmeriCorps member, working directly with the UWLC since August 2016, running the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program and other Financial Stability programs for Laurens County residents. Carter has aided in the UWLC operational duties, grant writing, and has experience with the annual events. She has worked diligently within and around Laurens County, developing relationships with UWLC partners and benefactors.
According to Dale Satterfield, Executive Committee Chair, “Alesia has displayed confidence and communication skills that we would desire in the Executive Director’s position. With the School Supply Drive and Annual Kickoff Luncheon scheduled this month plus, campaign meetings gearing up, it is a crucial time for the success of the UWLC. The community depends on this organization and although we may have had some turnover in the last few months, we will continue to push forward as we aim to make all transitions as seamless as possible.”
Carter will begin the Interim Executive Director position immediately. Meanwhile, the UWLC Executive Committee will work to structure the UWLC team to best suit the needs of the organization and the community it serves.
United Way of Laurens County is a non-profit organization which has served the Laurens County area since 1955 and supports 24 local nonprofit agencies in the areas of education, health, financial stability and emergency relief.
The School Supplies Drive concludes with a two-day collection site at the Laurens Walmart this Friday and Saturday. United Way Employees will be joined by representatives from School Districts 55 and 56 and other volunteers during these final two days, stationed at the doors of Walmart. They’ll be passing out information and collecting items that shoppers donate. For each bag donated, donors will receive a coupon from Sonic for free and/or half off priced menu items.
Volunteers are always welcomed and encouraged, so if you feel so inclined, please contact Carey Pitts at email@example.com to coordinate volunteer hours for either/both days.
For any questions/concerns please feel free to call the United Way of Laurens County office at (864) 833-3623, or email Carey Pitts at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Alesia Carter at email@example.com.