Carter County receives grant for food and shelter programs

Carter County will receive $29,293 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county, according to Brenda Wallace, executive director of the local United Way.
   The selection was made by a national board chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
   The board will distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.
   A local board will determine how the funds awarded to Carter County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by the local service organizations in the area, Wallace said.
   The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.
   Under terms of the grant, 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 capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and (5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.
   Qualification organizations are urged to apply in writing by the deadline, Jan. 23, 2002.
   Carter County has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously with the Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency (Neighborhood Service Center) and Assistance & Resource Ministries (ARM) participating.
   Further information on the program may be obtained by contacting United Way of Elizabethton/Carter County, P.O. Box 1715, Elizabethton, TN 37644 or call 423-543-6975 no later than the morning of Jan. 23.