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The United Way seeks a way to distribute funds

By: WJAC Web Staff

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- The $1 million fundraising mark was met again by The United Way of the Laurel Highlands.

The nonprofit organization is having difficulty dispersing the funds.

"We have 27 partner agencies that have submitted over 30 applications for funding this year so well go over the 20 site visits with these partner agencies and understand every program and service they're asking for and make that determination where that funding is going to go," said United Way of Laurel Highlands Director Bill McKinney.

One company that relies heavily on United Ways funding is the Johnstown Free Medical Clinic. Workers said they rely heavily on the funding so they are able to serve more patients in the area.

"A lot of the money is used to offset the costs of providing services such as pharmaceuticals, medical supplies," said executive director of Johnstown Free Medical Clinic Rosalie Danchanko. "It also does help with the administration of our clinic."

Danchanko said they have received funding from The United Way numerous times before but their need is imperative. She said the people who go to the location have to choose between food and medicine.

"We'd be in big trouble without The United Way's funding. Our numbers are ever increasing, I feel this is probably the best kept secret," Danchanko said.

"There's a lot of good quality programs out there we do want to fund year to year because we know it's making a positive impact on people's lives," McKinney said.


 
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