United Way assists workers affected by W.Va. spill

CHARLESTON (AP) — The United Way of Central West Virginia has raised more than $70,000 to help workers affected by a chemical spill.

The organization established an emergency fund following the spill in Charleston for workers who lost wages or had work hours reduced. The fund will provide up to $200 to help pay utility bills.

United Way of Central West Virginia director John Ballengee tells the Charleston Gazette that workers in all nine counties affected by the Jan. 9 spill can apply for utility assistance. The aid will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ballenge says workers must apply in person at one of the fund’s assistance agencies.

A list of assistance agencies is posted on the United Way’s website, www.unitedwaycwv.org.

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