OREGON COUNTY -- Oregon County has been awarded federal funds in the amount of $6,512 under the emergency food and shelter national board program.
The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from several different agencies. This board is charged with the distribution of funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-needed areas around the country. A local board made up of county residents will determine how the funds awarded in Oregon County are to be distributed among emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations.
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 national board, local governments of private volunteer organizations chosen to receive the funds must have the following: be nonprofit; have an accounting system; practice non-discrimination; have demonstrated the capacity to deliver emergency food and or shelter programs; and if they are private volunteer organizations they must have have a volunteer board. Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.
Oregon County has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously to Riverways Care/Hospice, Ozark Action, Hands of Hope in Thayer and Ozark Volunteers also in Thayer.
For more information on the program, those interested may contact Mary Vaughn in Thayer 264-3820 or Kathy Loth in Alton 778-7490.
Officials said applications for these federal funds can be obtained from Vaughn, FEMA board chairman.