BERI MOBILIZES TO HELP WITH FLOOD RELIEF EFFORTS

The storm that dropped several inches of rain in the West End of Butler on July 5 had a huge impact.  Approximately 100 homes were affected in the city with mostly minor damage; however, two homes were destroyed and three reported major damage.  
 
Due to the wonderful generosity of the community thus far, Butler Emergency Relief Initiative (BERI) will be able to help provide 22 hot water tanks, 22 furnaces and 6 dehumidifiers to families/individuals as they continue to clean up after the damage.  BERI also continues to work collaboratively with Center for Community Resources in making sure that families and individuals are getting their immediate needs met and that the hot water tanks and furnaces get installed.  
 
Butler Emergency Relief Initiative (BERI) began in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when community leaders and ministers gathered to discuss how they might help evacuees who were migrating to Butler County as well as respond to the rising fuel prices as a result of the havoc along the Gulf Coast.  As a result, the United Way of Butler County Board of Directors established the Butler County Emergency Relief Initiative (BERI) as a high priority initiative of the nonprofit to assist those in our county.  The mission:  To complement other agencies in meeting essential needs of Butler County residents whose lives have been affected by a significant emergency.   
 
After the needs of Katrina subsided, the impending winter utility crises emerged.  Collaboratively, at least twenty different human service agencies developed a plan for response, at the center of which was the establishment of a Utility Single Point of Contact (USPOC) at the Center for Community Resources.  Over the past several years, Butler County residents have received critical assistance in keeping their utilities on, or having them restored after being shut off. 
 
United Way of Butler County continues to make BERI a high priority initiative. The BERI Committee continues to meet monthly and work with Center for Community Resources to aid those families and individuals in Butler County that need assistance. If you would like to support the work of BERI, checks can be made payable to BERI and mailed to 407A West Jefferson Street, Butler, PA 16001. Please note on the check if the gift is for the flood relief efforts. Gifts can also be made via credit card by calling (724) 285-4883 x224.