CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The United Way of Central West Virginia can now accept online donations for its special fund designed to assist residents who lost wages as a result of the Freedom Industries chemical spill.
Donations can now be made by visiting the organization's website, www.unitedwaycwv.org, and clicking on the West Virginia Emergency Fund link.
On Monday, the United Way announced it had set up the fund to help those who have been unable to work because the spill-related water shutdown forced their employer to close.
The fund will specifically help those workers pay the cost of their utility bills in the coming months.
Cash and check donations to the fund can be mailed to or dropped off at the United Way of Central West Virginia office, located at 1 United Way Square, Charleston, WV 25301.
Debit or credit card donations can be made by calling 304-340-3500 or by visiting the Charleston office.
The organization originally did not have an option set up on their website allowing people to donate directly to the fund. All web donations at the time were targeted only toward the organization's general fund.
On Tuesday, the United Way office updated the website with the separate option allowing individuals to contribute to the worker assistance fund.
The organization will begin taking applications for assistance the week of Jan. 27. Full details about the assistance process will be unveiled in the coming days.