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MVCAA Intake Specialist Bill ...
MVCAA Intake Specialist Bill Nichols mentioned LIHEAP, a program aimed at assisting low-income families, who may apply for funds under the Energy Assistance program and the Emergency Crisis Intervention Program.
, families may receive a check once per year to pay utility bills.
The amount of this check is determined based on the number of persons in the home, total household income and the type of heating source, said Nichols
, and ranges from $300 to $600.
estimated the time it takes for funds to become available as about three weeks.
ECIP allows MVCAA
to pledge to a utility company that it will pay a family's bill, thereby preventing the family's utility service from being disconnected.
estimated that it takes three weeks for the utility company to actually receive the check.
also offers a weatherization program to improve a home's insulation, but those at the end of the list for this program will probably wait another six months before one of MVCAA's
two full-time crews is able to perform the work on their homes, said Nichols
also mentioned two other programs: HEAT, which provides funds typically used to pay for deposits to utility companies, and AWARE, which provides funds used to pay for rent and utility bills.
Recruiting Circle Allies is a top ...
Recruiting Circle Allies is a top priority for the group, according to Bill Nichols, community leadership coordinator for Missouri Valley Community Action Agency.More Allies are needed than are currently available. Nichols
said the best Circle Allies are "caring and empathetic members of the community who are willing to have an intentional, befriending and reciprocal relationship," with the Circles family they work with.
Marshall Democrat-News: Story: Circles of Support begun with kick-off program
The two meetings held Wednesday were the first steps toward making that happen, according to Bill Nichols, MVCAA community leadership coordinator.
The core of a leadership team began to form, with community leaders stepping up to help get the program going. Nichols
was pleased to see a broad cross-section of the county's various constituencies represented at the meetings, which included leaders from city and county government, education, religion, business and social service agencies.
The next meeting has been tentatively scheduled for April 26, according to Nichols
Left to right, Bill Nichols, ...
Left to right, Bill Nichols, community leadership coordinator, MVCAA; Cherry Merchant, Circles of Support; Michael Bachop, director of fund development, MVCAA; Cheri Calamar and daughter Lindsey, Katie Sharon, and Ann Graff, executive director, MVCAA.
...Bill Orendorf, president of the Marshall Chamber of Commerce, and Bill Nichols, community leadership coordinator for MVCAA, presented donated cars to three members of Circles of Support -- Marie and Curtis Wagoner, who received a 1981 Chevy Citation, and Sherri Calamar, who received a 1990 Cadillac.