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October 19, 2017 – The Fifth Grade class at Yuba River Charter School spontaneously started a Disaster Relief Fund and chose to give through United Way of Nevada County (UWNC). “The fund was their idea, not the schools, and they are very excited to make a difference for victims of the recent hurricanes”, said Laurie Barnett, School Secretary. United Way of Nevada County decided to match the funds, making it a total of $400 which was then sent to the United Way Worldwide Hurricane Recovery Fund.

United Way Worldwide has created the United Way Irma/Maria Recovery Fund to support local communities in the Southeast United States and Caribbean affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. As part of their goal to build stronger communities, and to fight for every person in every community, United Ways in the affected areas will continue to raise money locally and respond to emerging needs as appropriate.

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United Way’s Hurricane Recovery fund will complement those efforts, help smaller United Ways who may not have the capacity to create their own fund and provide a single clearinghouse for individual and corporate donors who want to impact affected areas. So far, the fund has raised more than ten million for mid- and long-term recovery efforts related to Hurricanes Harvey, and Irma/Maria.

United Way of Nevada County’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. UWNC current focus is on the Basic Needs of those in our community, which include Food, Emergency Shelter and access to Health Care. UWNC strives to assure individuals and families in Nevada County are able to meet their Basic Needs. UWNC envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their desired potential through healthy lives, education and income stability. If you are interested in giving through your local United Way, please contact us at 274-8111 or admin@uwnc.org