"As a region of interconnected people, we have the opportunity and responsibility to care for one another. The COVID-19 pandemic has struck our region hard, leaving many people particularly vulnerable in terms of their health and finances. The Community Foundation is committed to responding in a way that is quick and equitable, working with partners who are already doing good work, and leveraging the philanthropic spirit of Central Virginia. I am extremely grateful to the generous donors who have contributed to this effort so far. Philanthropy is well positioned to be nimble, responsive, and creative in times of crisis."
President and CEO
Thanks to more than 800 contributors to date, the Fund has raised more than $5 million.
Major gifts have been received from the following donors:
We have been moved by the outpouring of support shown by community members through the area. Contributors of all means have given to the Fund, demonstrating the neighbor-helping-neighbor spirit of the Charlottesville region. We are honored and humbled to be the place to facilitate this giving.
For more information about donating, contact Katie Kling, Director of Advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The COVID-19 Community Resource Helpline and online form were established to provide financial relief for households facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Between March 23 and April 30, the Helpline disbursed $4.56 million, serving more than 5,000 families across our service area and reaching an estimated 18,000 people.
Due to the overwhelming response, we are no longer taking requests for financial assistance. If you have already submitted an application, it will be processed.
We recognize that families continue to experience hardship and we are exploring additional ways we can support the community during this difficult time. In the meantime, those in need of assistance should consider the following services:
CVILLE CARES HOTLINE: Grocery/prescription pickup for people who cannot leave their homes, and other material support; (434) 214-0454 or email email@example.com
A temporary grant program, using funds from the Foundation’s Community Emergency Response Fund, was established on April 3 to support nonprofit organizations providing critical services such as food, healthcare, and housing during the pandemic. The process was designed to be low-barrier and to provide quick responses. The program ended on May 7.
Over five weeks, we so far have provided more than $847,000 to twenty-eight organizations. The majority of these grants went to support food and housing needs. We also made grants for telehealth capacity, personal protective equipment, and social distancing for vulnerable populations.
APPLICATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED.
For organizations that seek further assistance, consider the following:
STATE COVID POLICY CHANGES (RE: benefits)
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND
The Community Emergency Response Fund was established to provide flexible resources to households and organizations in Central Virginia that are impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Donations have gone both to support individual households and to nonprofit organizations providing critical services. In addition, the Community Foundation assisted Cville Community Cares in supporting more than 600 community members by fulfilling $127,000 in requests through the group’s highly successful direct assistance program that launched on March 14.
SUPPORT FOR HOUSEHOLDS
On March 23, 2020, the Community Foundation joined with Cville Community Cares, United Way of Greater Charlottesville, the City of Charlottesville, and the County of Albemarle to provide a mechanism to distribute funds to households experiencing hardship due to the pandemic. That mechanism was the COVID-19 Community Resource Helpline and associated online form, which operated until May 8. See "Support for Households (above)."
NONPROFIT GRANT PROGRAM
The Community Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that are providing critical services during the pandemic. A grant program, using funds from the Community Emergency Response Fund, from April 3 to May 7. The program was designed to respond quickly to requests. See "Support for Nonprofits (above)."
LISTENING TO THE COMMUNITY
The Foundation is listening to the needs of community-based organizations providing basic assistance, including food, housing, and medical supplies. We understand that there is a racial disparity when it comes to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Studies have shown that lower incomes are associated with underlying, chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. These conditions result in higher mortality rates for those who contract the disease. At the same time, a lack of accumulated wealth and job security also puts people at risk, forcing them to labor under dangerous conditions or exacerbating the financial effects of not working. We strive to make assistance available to the entire community, including our most vulnerable neighbors.
Media should contact Brendan Wolfe, Marketing and Communications Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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