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Community Fund For Spruces Up To $77K
Staff Reports,
08:53PM / Thursday, October 06, 2011
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Through various fundraisers and donations, the Community Fund for the Spruces has raised more than $77,000.

According to Liz Costley, chairwoman of the fund's coordinating committee, 71 residents that were displaced from the Spruces Mobile Home Park because of Tropical Storm Irene have applied and received funding from the fund already. The average grant is about $400 and used for temporary housing, food, transportation and relocation costs such as security deposits, moving and replacement appliances.

The donations came in many forms from as little as $20 to $25,000 from local organizations, churches, individuals, families and foundations, Costley said in a press release.

For example, at Mount Greylock Regional High School the middle school raised $831.50 from a dance last Friday.

Residents can still apply for the grants. Applications are available at the First Congregational Church, Williamstown Saving Bank, Town Hall, the Milne Public Library and at local churches. Completed applications should be returned to the Williamstown Savings Bank.

Despite the total, the fund is still seeking donations. Donations can be sent or taken to the Williamstown Savings Bank. The resources will be exhausted in a few weeks without any additional donations.

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