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United Way Creates Response Fund for Terrorist Activities

Tuesday, September 11, 2001 - Dayton, OH - United Way of the Greater Dayton Area will help raise money for victims of today's tragic events, President Craig Chancellor announced.

Cuba Wadlington, Jr., Executive Vice President of the Williams Companies and President/CEO of Williams Gas Pipeline, announced that Williams has made a gift of $1 million to start a United Way National Response Fund. United Way of America, the national training and service center, issued a request to all local United Way organizations to reach out to their network of companies and individuals to join Williams in their generosity. These funds and in-kind donations will be administered to programs assisting the victims and their families.

Individuals and organizations that wish to contribute to the United Way National Response Fund locally can mail checks to: Response Fund, c/o United Way of the Greater Dayton Area, PO Box 577, Dayton, OH 45401-0577.

HelpLink", United Way of the Greater Dayton Area's 24-hour information and referral service, is a designated crisis response center that works closely with the American Red Cross to assist with all disasters in the region. Professional personnel staff phone lines around the clock and have access to the area's most comprehensive health and human service database. Today HelpLink staff has received many calls from individuals wanting to volunteer and/or asking how they can help. HelpLink can also provide the correct phone numbers for the airline passenger lists.

United Way of the National Capitol Area has initiated the work of mobilizing care for the individuals affected by the terrorist activities in Washington, D.C. Similar involvement is anticipated for the United Way leadership in the New York, Boston and Pittsburgh areas.