United Way distributes funds to local groups


The United Way of Delaware/Otsego Counties distributed the final donations made to the Hurricane Irene/Tropical Storm Lee at the Delaware County Board of Representatives meeting on December 12 in Delhi.

Over the course of the year, the United Way collected $112,500 with 51 percent of this total being designated to assist Delaware County needs. Funds were distributed within weeks of the disaster to Delaware Opportunities and Catholic Charities of Delaware/Otsego Counties for immediate, short term needs of County residents.

The Delaware County Human Needs Committee created guidelines for how these funds were allocated. In August the United Way met with County Officials and Disaster recovery Partners to assess existing unmet needs. Requests were reviewed in October by the Human Needs committee and recommendations were brought to the United Way Board of Directors at the November meeting.
Organizations that received funding are: Watershed Agriculture Council, Town of Middletown, Sidney Center Fire Department, Trout Creek Fire Department, Margaretville Central School, Community Food Pantry in Arkville, Roxbury Methodist Church, the Jay Gould Reformed Church in Roxbury, Middletown American Legion Post 216, Masonville Fire Department, Franklin Fire Department and the Delaware County Department of Social Services.