Oregon County has been awarded federal funds in the amount of $7,244 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 the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Council of Jewish Federations, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, and United Way of America, which will provide the administrative staff and function as fiscal agent. The board is charged with the distribution of funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.
A local board made up of county residents will determine how the funds awarded to Oregon County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the area. 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 the national board, local government or private voluntary organizations chosen to receive funds must: 1) be nonprofit, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice nondiscrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 5) if is a private voluntary organization, it must have a voluntary board. Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.
Oregon County has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously to Riverways Home Care/Hospice, Ozark Action, Hands of Hope and Ozark Volunteers.
Further information on the program may be obtained by contacting Mary Vaughn in Thayer at 264-3820 or Kathy Loth in Alton at 778-7490. Application for these funds can be obtained from Mary Vaughn, FEMA board chairman.