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United Way receives emergency food, shelter program funding



United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra has received $486,828 in funding from the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board, a federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency management Agency (FEMA) to supplement and expand ongoing efforts to provide shelter, food and supportive services for the nation’s hungry, homeless and people in economic crisis.

This award includes a state set aside reallocation of $72,800 to be distributed throughout the state of Nevada when funds are available. The organizations that were awarded funding are as follows:

Nevada State Set Aside

  • Committee to Aid Domestic Violence (Elko): $7,898
  • Food Bank of Northern Nevada: $6,500
  • Lincoln County: $3,500


  • Advocates to End Domestic Violence: $20,000
  • Friends in Service Helping (FISH) – Carson City: $8,354
  • Food Bank of Northern Nevada: $5,000
  • St. Teresa of Avila Conference: $2,000

Douglas County

  • Douglas County Social Services: $7,500
  • Carson Valley Food Closet: $10,000
  • Family Support Council of Douglas Co.: $11,271
  • Our Lady of Tahoe Church: $1,500

Lyon County

  • Lyon County Human Services: $12,643
  • Food Bank of Northern Nevada: $21,000
  • Boys & Girls Club of Mason Valley: $4,000
  • Mineral County Food Bank of Northern Nevada: $3,046

Pershing County

  • Pershing County: $3,143

Storey County

  • Community Chest: $2,910

Washoe County

  • Bristlecone Family Resources: $4,498
  • Catholic Charities: $63,085
  • Children’s Cabinet: $20,000
  • Community Assistance Center: $63,084
  • Committee to Aid Abused Women: $9,000
  • Community Services Agency: $25,000
  • Food Bank of Northern Nevada: $63,085
  • Nevada Urban Indians: $3,000
  • Project MANA (Incline Village): $8,000
  • A Safe Embrace: $4,000
  • Step 1: $8,000
  • Crisis Intervention Services: $5,000

Last year, UWNNS received $429,300. The amount of funding the EFSP administers to communities throughout the nation is dependent on multiple factors including the local unemployment rate.

“This supplement to UWNNS is critical during these tough economic times,” said Karen Barsell, chief executive officer and president of UWNNS. “These funds will help many individuals in our region that are in need of basic assistance.”

A panel of volunteers determines how to distribute the monies throughout northern Nevada to organizations that are serving homeless individuals and families, those at risk of being homeless, and families who are in need of emergency food and shelter as well as one-time rental and utility assistance.

About United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra

United Way believes the foundation of a happy, productive life is made up of three ‘building blocks’ – education, financial stability and health. United Way creates positive, lasting change through the organization’s expertise, capacity and relationships. This year, United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra is celebrating our 70th Anniversary. With your help we will reach the goal of $100 million raised since we started in 1942. To help celebrate this goal, we have established the $100 Million Club. We invite everyone who gives to United Way to become a “$100 Million Dollar Club” member. For more information, call 775-322-8668 or visit www.uwnns.org.

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