Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. has been chosen to receive an additional $2,000 in Reinvestment Act Dollars to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Cherokee County. The selection was made by a National Board which is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Management Agency, and consists of representatives from the Salvation Army; American Red Cross; United Jewish Communities; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA; and the United Way of America. The local Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high need areas around the country.
A local board will determine how the funds awarded to Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. will be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the area. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds as well as any additional funds available under this phase of the program.
Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local organizations chosen to receive funds must: (1) be private voluntary nonprofit organizations or units of government; (2) have an accounting system; (3) practice nondiscrimination; (4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and (5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying organizations are urged to apply. Public or private voluntary organizations interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc., Julie Colling, 418 S. Marion St., Remsen, IA 51050 or call 712-786-3415 by June 26, 2009.