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United Way of Hunterdon County to Serve as Point of Contact for Frenchtown Fire Relief Long-term Response

United Way of Hunterdon County will be the point of contact for ongoing relief efforts for the Frenchtown Fire that occurred on Monday, August 13th.

Community members who are interested in volunteering or would like to provide monetary and other donations to the relief effort can contact the United Way directly at 908-782-3414 or carolyng@uwhunterdon.org.

Online donations can be made at www.uwhunterdon.org. Please specify Frenchtown Relief Funds in the comments. Donations can also be made to https://www.gofundme.com/updated-frenchtown-fire-relief-fund.

Checks will also be accepted at Frenchtown Borough Hall during business hours.

Information regarding employment opportunities and other services such as counseling can be found at www. lovefrenchtown.org.

The Frenchtown Community and especially those impacted by the fire are grateful for the outpouring of support and desire to help and kindly request that all donations are made through the avenues outlined above in order to avoid confusion. 

Frenchtown Fire Funds disbursement protocol:

·         All funds collected through the Frenchtown United Methodist Church and UWHC will be deposited into a checking account designated specifically for Emergency Relief Funds.

·         An initial and immediate disbursement of $250 will be given to each individual impacted by the fire. This includes the 7 individuals who lost their homes and the 21 employees of Galasso’s and The Frenchtown Café. These checks will be accompanied by a one-page information sheet of community resources.

·         The 7 individuals who lost their homes also will receive all gift cards, which will be distributed equally.

·         The remainder of funds will be disbursed among the 7 individuals who lost their residences and possessions as a result of the fire.

o   A disbursement will be made on or about September 1, 2018 and a second and final disbursement will be made on or about October 20, 2018

UWHC will end the collection of funds designated for Frenchtown fire victims on October 15, 2018.

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Separating Immigrant Families Is Not Us. 

United Way of Hunterdon County is deeply concerned about the separation of young immigrant children from their parents. It is hard to imagine a more vulnerable person than a child who may be fleeing violence and oppression in their home country. It is unconscionable to further victimize such a child by taking them from their parents. That is simply not who we are as a nation.

 

ExxonMobil’s Clinton Site employees participated in its seventh annual United Way Day of Action on June 22nd A Kick-off Breakfast was held on June 13th with presentations by key people in ExxonMobil Research & Engineering, United Way of Hunterdon County and its Partner Agencies. 

 

United Way Day of Action (held globally on June 21st) is a reminder to Live United and to be active through volunteerism by personal interaction with the community. United Way Day of Action is also meant to be a “launch pad” for future volunteering.

 

This year more than 25 volunteers spent time at:

·         YMCA of Hunterdon County, where employees participated in STEM activities with children;

·         Meals on Wheels, where the team packaged and delivered meals to home-bound seniors and disabled clients;

·         ARC of Hunterdon County (Point Breeze and Arc Works), where employees created works of art with disabled clients;

·         Fisherman’s Mark, where employees participated in STEM activities with children;

·         Briteside Adult Day Center, where employees participated in activities with seniors,

·         NORWESCAP Food Bank, where employees sorted food.