United Way announces assistance to local agencies affected by Labor Day flood

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From press release

The Boy Scouts of America Blackhawk Area Council will receive $5,000 to assist in the recovery efforts for their offices, which were heavily damaged and not covered by flood insurance. Additionally, the American Red Cross, Rock River Chapter will receive $2,500 to help support the operation costs incurred as a result of assisting local victims of the flood. To date, the local chapter has incurred expenses approaching $200,000 directly related to this local disaster.

“This assistance will go a long way in helping us return to a safe, professional place of business,” said Don Kinney, Scout executive for the Boy Scouts Blackhawk Area Council. “We had more than $25,000 in physical damage, not to mention the loss of inventory and printing, which are not calculated in that figure. We are grateful to United Way for its concern and commitment to helping us get back to normal operations.”

“The Rockford flood of Sept. 4 has affected many of our citizens, both in the short and long terms,” said Robert Willis, executive director of the American Red Cross, Rock River Chapter. “This assistance is another example of how United Way is showing its commitment to making a difference in the Rock River Valley. The victims of this tragedy will be the beneficiaries of this support. On behalf of all of the community, I say thank you to United Way.”

“We are happy to be in a position to help these exemplary organizations,” said Michael Call, president and CEO of United Way of Rock River Valley. “No one can anticipate an event like this and its disastrous consequences. Certainly, this has opened the eyes of local, state and even national leaders to the Rock River Valley. The community really does care, and the outpouring of support proves that. We are just doing our part.”

The mission of United Way of Rock River Valley is to improve lives and strengthen communities in the Rock River Valley by mobilizing and focusing the caring power of our residents. For more information, go to www.unitedwayrrv.org or call 968-5400.

From the Nov. 15-21, 2006, issue

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