Southwestern Energy Donates $ 25,000 to Local Food Banks | News, Sports, Jobs
WOODSFIELD – Southwestern Energy recently donated $ 25,000 to the United Way of Counties of Guernsey, Noble and Monroe to support local food banks in the area.
Amy Dobkin, communications manager for the Southwest, presented the check to local officials on Monday at the Monroe County Commissioners Council meeting. The funding will go to the United Way counties of Guernsey, Noble and Monroe, which will distribute the funds to organizations in the region. United Way is a non-profit organization that helps fight hunger and homelessness, according to its website.
The Mick Schumacher Commission said the funding will help hunger relief initiatives and pantries in the county. He said that the local United Way is in the process of setting up a grant program where local food banks can apply for funds. The money will then be distributed to local initiatives.
Schumacher said the commissioners appreciate the contribution which will help support those in need.
“We are very happy to be able to accept the donation and to meet her (Dobkin). We hope to strengthen relations with oil and gas in the county ”, he added.
In other areas, Schumacher said it was the last week for the county’s garbage cleanup. He said a total amount of bags collected has yet to be determined. However, he said he collected and filled more than two dozen bags of trash this month, while hundreds more were collected by Ohio Department of Transportation crews along the l ‘Ohio 7.
Schumacher said litter along the roads remains a problem in the county. He believes much of the litter comes from unsecured debris and garbage falling from trucks.
A few of the local schools participated last week in support of Earth Day, including students from River Elementary School, who collected 18 bags of garbage on campus. Schumacher said he and his fellow commissioners Diane Burkhart and Bill Bolon will be giving away ice cream treats to students this week in recognition of their efforts.
Any resident participating in the clean-up may use the trash cans located at Buchanan Presbyterian Church in Lewisville, the Monroe County Fairgrounds in Woodsfield and the Hannibal Locks and Dam in Hannibal to dispose of filled garbage bags.