An Update on Our Response to Coronavirus

 

Social Service Organizations Providing Assistance, Receiving Emergency Funding

April 1, 2020

Beyond the heroic actions of doctors, nurses, hospital workers,grocery store employees, many charitable organizations are recognizing this is the time to step up their game. We applaud the efforts of these individuals and organizations. A coalition of Northeast Ohio philanthropic, corporate and civic partners have joined together to create the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund to deploy resources to nonprofit organizations serving on the frontlines of the pandemic in the region. The COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund has given sizable grants to multiple agencies in crisis, including shelters, food pantries, domestic abuse shelters, mental health organizations, youth service non-profits, organizations for vulnerable older adults, and the homeless. Grants exceed $6 million to date, and come from a variety of businesses, individuals and county donations. Although hardships lie ahead, our community is stepping up, both individually and collectively. Recent recipients include the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry ($285,000), Project Hope for the Homeless ($22,000), Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland ($75,000), May Dugan Center ($50,000), University Settlement ($50,000): Murtis Taylor Human Services System ($70,000), David’s Challenge Young Achievers Ohio ($50,000), YWCA Greater Cleveland ($26,000)(emergency financial support (food cards, temporary housing, bus tickets, etc.) (“A Place 4 Me” initiative for homeless youth), Global Cleveland ($35,000), HOLA Ohio ($50,000), Refugee Services Collaborative ($50,000), The Spanish American Committee ($50,000), Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center ($75,000), Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center ($100,000), and Fairhill Partners ($55,000). In Columbus, the Columbus Foundation's response has been equally impressive. “ We are one community. During times of crisis it is critical we join forces to support each other. The Foundation is committed to being a point of access for those who want to assist others, while also doing what we can with these resources to be of help to this community. ”

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