The holiday season is just around the corner and many of you have requested information about the Holiday assistance programs available in our area. Many of us know families who could benefit from assistance during this time of year. If you know a family who would like to apply for assistance, please see the contact information below for all of the local programs. The same contact information can be used if you’d like to donate or volunteer to assist in any of the programs. I know donations and volunteers are always welcome. PLEASE ENCOURAGE FAMILIES NEEDING ASSISTANCE TO APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE as assistance is limited based on resources. APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW. (and so are donations. )
The annual United Way Holiday Food and Toy Distribution is in its 36th year of community outreach in 2017. The purpose of the Holiday Food and Toy Distribution is to provide needy families in Monongalia County with food and toys for the holiday season
To Apply for Assistance:
Applications will be accepted at The Connecting Link Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, October 2nd through Friday, November 17th from 9:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Their office is located in the Monongahela Building (235 High Street) in Room 208.
You must bring the following items with you to register:
•Proof of income
•Proof of expenses
•Birth certificate, social security card, driver’s license or medical card for each family member
Applicants must be Monongalia County residents to receive food and toys. Toy distribution is for children ages birth to 18 years. (*In order to receive gifts, the children in the home must be actively enrolled in school.)
Distribution will be held on Thursday, December 14th.
On December 11th, 12th, and 13th, volunteers are needed to sort and bag donated food and organize toys in preparation for the distribution. It is on these days that a large portion of the effort behind the distribution takes place. Volunteers will be on hand to show you how you can assist in the effort. Any group or individual interested in helping should join us on these days. The distribution of food and toys to families will take place on December 14th. Volunteers are also needed on this day to assist with the distribution.
If you questions about volunteering, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (304) 322-2063.
If you are interested in making a financial contribution, please contact one of the following:
•United Way at 304-296-7525 for food
•Christian Help at 304-296-0221 for toys
•Humane Society at 304-296-6247 for pet food
SALVATION ARMY- SEASONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS:
1264 University Ave.
PO Box 753, 26507
Preston County Service Unit
124 Morgan Street
ALBERT GALLATIN SERVICE CENTER
Saint Benedict’s Learning Center
100 Rear South Washington Street
Telephone: 724-583-9603, 724-437-0580
Fairmont Service Unit
1512 Locust Avenue
111 Beech St.
32 West Fayette Street