United Way creates fund to support victims of downtown Durham blast

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – The United Way of the Greater Triangle announced Monday a fund to support those impacted by the April 10 downtown Durham explosion.

A press release said the Durham One Fund “will serve as a vehicle to accept donations for nonprofit organizations providing short- and long-term human services” for Durham County residents affected by large-scale disasters like the explosion.

Durham Mayor Steve Schewel said Monday during a press conference that the downtown Durham areas affected are “open for business.” He also thanked first responders.

The release said a volunteer-led committee has been formed to “recommend expenditures of the funding within established guidelines.”

“It is our honor as partners in the Durham community to serve as a centralized resource for the generous donors who are seeking to support our neighbors in the wake of such a tragic event,” United Way President and CEO Eric Guckian said. “We are proud to be in partnership with Triangle Community Foundation, City and County of Durham divisions as well as other nonprofits in order to rally the amazing community support that is being offered.”

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