United Way of Central Maryland offers to help needy Harford County residents with utility bills


    The United Way of Central Maryland sent me this press release about its Emergency Response Fund. They’re offering a way to help people pay for their utilities and they’re looking for donations. Here’s the release:

    Baltimore, MD (February 3, 2009) –  Less than two weeks after launching its Emergency Response Fund, United Way of Central Maryland is distributing $25,000 to Harford Community Action Agency (based in Bel Air, Md.).
    The Harford County nonprofit will help 100 people with utility assistance which will help stabilize their housing situation.
    Funds must be expended by June 30, 2009.
    In the first round of grants, United Way of Central Maryland has provided $244,408 in emergency funds to 12 nonprofit organizations located across central Maryland. More than 1,000 people will be served by these monies.
    A 12-person Allocations Review Committee awarded the funds based on need and budget and the alignment with the emergency fund parameters.
    The overall goal of the fund is to raise at least $1 million for frontline agencies struggling to help those in need.  As additional funds are received, more grants will be issued. The fund was developed to address the increasing demand for services in one of the worst economic situations in recent times.
    For more information on the fund, or to donate, visit www.uwcm.org/emergencyfund
    About United Way of Central Maryland
    For more than 80 years, United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) has been the region’s human service leader. Its mission is to improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities. UWCM supports programs and initiatives in the city of Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.  UWCM is dedicated to education, income and health & safety – making sure children get the early child care they need to succeed in school, that young adults graduate, that families have the means to access affordable and stable housing and that people are free from violence and abuse at home. By encouraging all people in central Maryland to give, advocate or volunteer, UWCM wants to show the power of living united. It’s about connecting people and creating communities.  For more information, visit www.uwcm.org or call 410.547.8000.