- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 15, 2001

The area's September 11th Fund yesterday granted $2.1 million to 61 social service programs to assist people who lost loved ones or jobs in the terror attack on the Pentagon.

"The events of September 11th have resulted in a crippling ripple effect hurting more than those who were injured or lost a loved one in the Pentagon attack," said Gwendolyn E. Boyd, head of the governance committee for the September 11th Fund of the United Way of the National Capital Area.

Today's grants will begin to address the broader effects of the crisis specifically the needs of those who have lost their jobs while continuing to assist families of those who were killed or injured, she said.

September 11 victims in New York also received a boost yesterday with the announcement that an umbrella group will take on the task of helping them navigate the maze of charitable assistance.

The 9/11 United Services Group, an association of 13 charities, will use a database and personal case managers to create "one-stop shopping" for victims of the terror attacks, New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said yesterday.

"Many victims have told me they feel like beggars, with tin cups in hand, going from group to group filling out applications," said Mr. Spitzer, who urged families to call 1-866-689-HELP to be added to the database.

Locally, the $2.1 million will go to 61 service programs, including the Northern Virginia Family Service in Falls Church; the Women's Center in Vienna; Arlington Free Clinic; Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services; Shabach Ministries in Landover; and the American Hospice Foundation, Ethiopian Community Development Council Inc. and Capital Area Food Bank in the District.

In late October, the fund released $834,200 to 13 local organizations, including groups such as the Salvation Army and United Service Organizations of Metropolitan Washington that had responded immediately to the terror attack on the Pentagon.

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