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United Way of the Greater Triangle Announces the Durham One Fund for Victims of Downtown Durham’s Explosion

United Way of the Greater Triangle (United Way), in partnership with Triangle Community Foundation, City of Durham, County of Durham and local nonprofits, has established the Durham One Fund to support the individuals and families impacted by the explosion in downtown Durham on April 10. The Fund will serve as a vehicle to accept donations for nonprofit organizations providing short and long–term human services for residents of Durham County in response to natural and/or large-scale disasters. During a press conference today, Durham Mayor Steve Schewel declared the impacted area to be “open for business” and thanked first responders for their heroic efforts in response to the event. Brian Smith, Senior Economic Development Coordinator with the City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, announced the various recovery efforts in place since the explosion including the Durham One Fund. Eric Guckian, President and CEO of United Way, states, “It is our honor as partners in the Durham community to serve as a centralized resource for the generous donors who are seeking to support our neighbors in the wake of such a tragic event. We are proud to be in partnership with Triangle Community Foundation, City and County of Durham divisions as well as other nonprofits in order to rally the amazing community support that is being offered.” Funds raised in the name of Durham One Fund will be used for the support of nonprofit organizations serving Durham County residents in response to loss, injury, displacement, disruption, and/or other impacts from natural disaster and/or other events deemed to require relief and response funding. A volunteer-led Durham One Fund Committee has been formed to recommend expenditures of the funding within established guidelines. Committee considerations include, but are not limited to, the nature and scale of the loss event, the human services required, estimates of the costs of those services and the impact those services will have on stabilizing lives for individuals and families.

With a mission to eradicate poverty and increase social mobility through the power of partnerships, United Way of the Greater Triangle strives to provide solutions to the clear and evident needs of vulnerable populations with a path towards meeting those needs by working with a wide network of partners. United Way’s Durham One Fund is rooted in the clear and evident needs created through this unforeseen disaster within the Durham community and our desire to help the individuals and families impacted stabilize and re-build their lives.

For more information and/or to contribute to the fund, visit Durham One Fund.

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