Local Nonprofits Eligible for Emergency Food and Shelter Funds

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago announced today that the federal government is expected to make almost $2.5 million in Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) grants available to nonprofit organizations and local government agencies in Chicago and suburban Cook and DuPage counties. United Way is the local administrator of EFSP investments which are made available yearly to supplement local emergency food and shelter programs in the region. United Way also chairs the local boards in charge of EFSP allocations. These funds are not associated with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) relief efforts. Applications may be obtained by e-mailing Shilpa Bavikatte, Local EFSP Administrator, at Shilpa.Bavikatte@uw-mc.org or mailing a request to United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, 560 W. Lake St., Chicago, Ill., 60661. Applications must be received no later than July 23, 2012, at 5:00pm. For more information about EFSP, please visit www.efsp.unitedway.org. As part of its community-impact plan, LIVE UNITED 2020, United Way will ensure 50,000 underperforming middle school students enter high school ready to succeed, advance economic stability for 100,000 households and connect 200,000 people with available, preventative health services. Additionally, United Way will answer the immediate crisis needs of 1 million people each year. For more information please visit LIVEUNITEDchicago.org or contact Beth Esler at 312.906.2291 or Beth.Esler@uw-mc.org.

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United Way advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life by focusing on the three key building blocks for strong families and healthy communities: Education, Income and Health. LIVE UNITED 2020 is our community impact plan to move people to self-sufficiency. Over the next decade, in communities of greatest need, United Way will: help 50,000 underperforming middle school students enter high school ready to succeed, advance economic stability for 100,000 households and connect 200,000 people with available, preventative health services. Annually, LIVE UNITED 2020 will provide one million individuals with access to crisis services including emergency food, shelter and protection from violence. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change. For more information about United Way, please visit: LIVEUNITEDchicago.org.