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United Way grant will help people with utilities, rent

SALISBURY ó The Salvation Army received a $15,000 grant from the Rowan County United Way to help residents with utilities and rent.
ěThe grant was awarded based on their need. What they tried to do is establish, ëthis is what we spendí and we try to close that gap,î Bill Burgin, vice president of agency relations for the United Way campaign, said in a press release.
The United Way was able to set aside money to help agencies whose demand exceeded their campaign allocations, Burgin said.
Other agencies were also able to apply for grants.
If the Salvation Army can show additional need, the agency can apply for another grant, Burgin said.
The Salvation Army will be able to assist qualified applicants with rent and utility payments, food and medication for the remainder of 2011. The agency estimates the funding will allow it to help an additional 100 applicants.
ěWithout the support of the Rowan County United Way, the Salvation Army would not be able to keep up with the high demands for basic needs,î said Capt. Jason Smith, Corps Officer.
David Aycoth, chairman of the Rowan County Salvation Army advisory board, said the Salvation Army is extremely grateful to the United Way for the grant and its continuous support.
Burgin said in the press release the United Way can offer the grant ěbecause of the generosity of the community, and without that generosity we couldnít do it.î

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