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Foundation Safety Net
Our United Way remains grateful to the three local foundations that continue to provide funding for repair and replacement of furnaces as well as emergency energy assistance for people who just miss eligibility for government sponsored programs.

Single parent families with marginal income and elderly residents with limited, fixed income are the most common beneficiaries of this life-saving program. In most situations, the circumstances are dire and placement of an elderly persons or young children outside the home is imminent. As the need for this program has escalated, it has further been augmented by the Gift of Warmth program.

Emergency Food and Shelter Program
For nearly 30 years, our United Way has served as the local administrator for the FEMA program which provides funds to supplement and extend current available resources for emergency needs including rent, food and energy assistance. During the past year the local Emergency Food and Shelter Board—chaired by the United Way— awarded $94,925 in federal funds to five local organizations.

State Food Purchase Program
As local administrator of the State Food Purchase Program, the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties leveraged $314,588 in grant monies from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture. These monies were awarded to 12 local organizations to assist area families with emergency food needs. Through this vital program, approximately 167,000 pounds of food were purchased to help 11,955 households.

Individual Emergency Plans
For nearly 30 years, the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties has managed a separate fund to provide assistance during individual emergencies above and beyond what can be funded through federal and state dollars. This provision ultimately allows for a safety net to ensure our most vulnerable residents receive help during times of dire need and helps meet emergent needs such as food, shelter, prescription medication and other essential assistance.
 
 
United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties | 615 Jefferson Avenue | PO Box 526 | Scranton, PA 18501-0526 |
tel 570.343.1267 | fax 570.969.2977
Wayne County Mailing Address | PO Box 328 | Waymart, PA 18472
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