Crow Wing County United Way's coffers are $13,000 richer thanks to a U.S. District Court restitution program.
United Way Executive Director Heidi Funk said Friday the Crow Wing County United Way received $13,220.27 of a $500,000 restitution settlement involving a Twin Cities man who was convicted of insider trading. Of that $500,00, $300,000 was pegged for outstate United Way programs. The settlement specifically earmarked dollars for housing, food shelf and transition to job programs.
Crow Wing County United Way, acting on behalf of Aitkin and Cass County charities, distributed $2,609 to Aitkin organizations that work with food shelves and advocates against domestic abuse; $2,720 to Cass County organizations working with Legal Aid, Red Cross and housing programs; and $7,889 to Crow Wing County programs such as Salvation Army Food Shelf, Hope Housing, Crow Wing County Social Services, Transition to Jobs, Cuyuna Range Food Shelf, Red Cross and Legal Aid.
Aitkin and Cass counties have no formal United Way program.
Money was allocated, Funk said, based on census information on income levels.
Funk said plans are being made to expand the Crow Wing County United Way's services to Aitkin and Cass counties. She said the court ruling was an innovative idea that will help Crow Wing County United Way reach its goal of $600,000.
"It's a great step forward," she said.
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