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.