Network helps groups join forces

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, January 26, 2013

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Wise County Assistance Network will have an informational presentation 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Decatur Civic Center.

Administrator Murvelle Chandler said the organization, introduced in spring 2012, is a secure, Internet-based communication network of emergency service and care providers in Wise County.

The program is called Charity Tracker, and it allows member organizations to post a need, which can be seen by other members, allowing local charity organizations and care providers to join forces in helping people.

For example, Chandler said the Red Cross posted a bulletin after the Jan. 6 fire at Eighter from Decatur apartments, which informed other organizations of the residents’ needs.

“We’re trying to get across the understanding that it’s open to all care providers, churches and charity organizations,” Chandler said. “We want to make sure the emergency responders are included in this network, too.”

Chandler said the Charity Tracker software is used by 560 cities across the United States. United Way paid for the first year’s subscription for the Wise County group.

Chandler said she hoped the meeting Tuesday would help clarify the purpose of the network for potential users.

Membership in the network is open to any organization that provides assistance to Wise County residents, but anyone interested in learning about the network is welcome to attend.

Visit for an overview of the software.

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