$15,000 grant will help flood victims

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 15, 2004

Tribune staff reports

The Freeborn County United Way received a $15,000 grant from the Minnesota United Way Association Thursday which will allow additional money to flow to local agencies serving victims of last month’s flooding.

&uot;The United Way has helped organize the response (to those in need from the flooding), we have helped (to distribute) information, and we need to strengthen our agencies so they can perform the additional direct service work so needed by our community residents,&uot; said Jean Eaton, executive director of the Freeborn County United Way.

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Eaton applied for the grant last week.

&uot;The United Way never gives away money, but the grant money will go to our agencies that provide help to anyone in the county who was affected by the flooding,&uot; said Eaton.

The United Way serves 18 local agencies, including the following, which will distribue money to flood victims: Red Cross of Freeborn County, Salvation Army, Semcac, Senior Resources, Lutheran Social Services, Catholic Charities, Parenting Resource Center, Circle of Parents, Albert Lea Family Y.M.C.A., The Children’s Center, Arc Freeborn County, Chemical Dependency Center, and the Crime Victims Crisis Center and Domestic Abuse Project.