United Way announces recovery fund for mudslide relief

Mar 27, 2014
Courtesy of: Marsha Moore Snohomish County Fire District 1 sent a technical rescue unit to Oso, Wash. on Saturday, March 22, to provide aid in the wake of the mudslide disaster.

As the search and rescue effort in Oso continues, United Way of Snohomish County has begun the process of establishing a community-wide recovery fund to assist those affected by the mudslide.

United Way seeded its Disaster Recovery Fund for Mudslide Relief with $25,000 from its endowment.

JPMorgan Chase added another $50,000 as soon as they heard the fund had been set up.

Individuals and organizations interested in contributing to the fund can find more information on United Way’s website at uwsc.org.

"Our thoughts are with the families devastated by these disasters, and we want to contribute to helping our neighbors at this most difficult time," said Region Executive with Global Philanthropy for JPMorgan Chase, Cree Zischke.

"We hope our grant helps bring some relief to those affected and lets them know we are here to help."

"We live in a very generous community. There has been an enormous outpouring of support from people throughout the county, state and across the country," said Dennis Smith, president and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County.

"That is why we have established a community-wide recovery fund to assist those affected by the mudslide.

"One hundred percent of the money donated to this fund will go to recovery efforts," Smith added.

United Way will work with local elected officials, community groups and others in Darrington, Oso and Arlington to distribute the funds.

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