OREGON COUNTY -- Oregon County has been awarded federal funds in the amount of $7,659 under the emergency food and shelter national board program.
According to local FEMA board member Kathy Loth, a local board made up of residents across the county will determine how the funds awarded will be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.
Loth said under the terms of the grant, the national board, local government or private volunteer organizations chosen to receive funds must be:
* Have an accounting system.
* Practice nondiscrimination.
* Have demonstrated the capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs.
* If they are a private organization, they must have a voluntary board.
Loth said qualifying organizations are urged to apply.
Besides Loth, other board members include: Kim Hollis, Mike Crawford, Jerry Richardson, Bobbie Alford, Jesse Mae Burkhead, Shirley Combs, Betty Nan Minich and Mark Hodge. Loth said the local FEMA board is always looking for new members.
Further information on the program and applications for these funds can be obtained from Kim Hollis in Thayer at 417-264-3150, evening, or 417-778-6303, days, or Loth at 417-778-7490, days, or 417-778-6628, evenings.
Loth said the county has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously to Riverways Home Care/Hospice, Ozark Action, Christo House and the Oregon County Food Pantry.
Loth said the deadline for turning in an application is April 30. The application can be turned in to either Hollis or Loth. The board will meet May 1 at 1:30 p.m. in the Oregon County Courthouse at Alton.
The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Council of Jewish Federations, Catholic Charities, the USA National Council of Churches of Christ and United Way of America which will provide the administrative staff and function as the fiscal agent.