|Alicia Karner, president, CACLV Board|
As bad as Sandy was, Mateff doubts whether the Lehigh Valley will qualify for federal or state assistance. So the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV) was able to raise $40,000 to help those who suffered. Half of this money comes from NorCo's GPA, with the rest coming from ESSA Bank, the LV Labor Council, retired PPL CEO William Hecht and an anonymous donor.
|Hal Black, retired Air Products Exec|
Alicia Karner, who is President of the Board of Directors at CACLV urged Lehigh Valley residents to apply if they need help, even if they think they might fail to meet the criteria. She explained that doing so would enable her to better assess the need. "When I worked for Senator Boscola, this is exactly the kind of call we used to get," said Karner, who is also Northampton County's Economic Development Administrator. "It's very frustrating to tell someone there's nothing there for them," she added, hopeful that these donations will help those in need.
Those who think they might be eligible are asked to call CACLV at 610-691-5620.