The funds are being used to restore water for many vulnerable residents who have been without it for weeks due to broken pipes and other plumbing issues, according to a press release from UWDC. Prior to receiving the grant, the need for plumbing assistance quickly exceeded what the fund would be able to accommodate with more than 65 residents in the queue, with priority given to seniors and those with disabilities. young children.
“Like so many other events over the past year, the winter storm in Texas has hit our most vulnerable neighbors the hardest,” said Gary Henderson, President and CEO of United Way of Denton County. “We are grateful to the Hearst Foundation, our business partners and these dedicated volunteers for giving us the opportunity to restore hygienic living conditions for these residents of Denton County.”
Additionally, United Way of Denton County has partnered with the local Denton Noon Rotary to further involve the business sector in this effort with contributions of funds and / or plumbers to secure permits and help with repairs for the growing list. households in need, according to the UWDC press release. It is estimated that repairs will average between $ 1 and $ 2,000 per household. Additional resources are needed to meet demand. Donations can be made to www.unitedwaydenton.org/texas-winter-storm-2021.