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COVID 19 Response Fund Details and updates

 

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For the past 4 months, United Way of Cowlitz and wahkiakum counties has been pleased to offer that 100% of donations made to our covid-19 response fund would support local nonprofit urgent requests related to the pandemic. Starting July 1, 2020 United Way will begin retaining 3% of donations made to this fund to cover our credit card processing expense. We appreciate your support to our efforts to "respond, recover, reimagine and rebuild."

$81,013.50 RAISED as of 06/04/2020 

Money Dispersed
(Some of the below non-profits have received funds multiple times.)
Community House on Broadway                              Food for children not in school, sanitizing throughout buildings, less volunteers results in staff increase.
Belly Brigade                                                                Food & basic necessity supplies to support youth, elderly and  families in need. 
St Vincent de Paul                                                       Food increase
Youth & Family Link                                                    Outreach services-connecting vulnerable clients to services
CORE Health                                                                 Teletherapy for mental health & substance disorder meeting & counseling sessions
Faith Center Food Bank                                              Feeding Kelso School kids with weekend food bags & for increased food supply as demand has increased
South Kelso Neighborhood Association                 Food and bag supplies, demand has increased to 500 families per week
Lower Columbia School Gardens                             Container gardens for families, & preparations, soil, seeds, supplies & harvesting for additional crop planting.
Love Overwhelming                                                    Increase staffing for COVID 19 prevention, purchase protective equipment & cleaning supplies. 
FISH of Cowlitz County                                              Purchase eggs to serve clients.
Family Promise of Cowlitz County                           Foldable room dividers to enclose sleeping spaces for families staying at church.
Lower Columbia College Head Start/EHS/ECEAP Basic food and supplies for families served.
St. James Family Center
                                           Childcare services  for healthcare, first responders and essential workers.  
Kalama Helping Hand                                             Food  
Woodland Action Center                                        Propane for families living in RV's, utility assistance & fuel for transportation for essential needs. 
Emergency Support Shelter                                   Food, cleaning supplies, cleaning service for shelter sanitization, equipment for remote working, best practices training, childcare for                                                                                                                                   essentinal workers staff .
Family Community Resource Center                      Diapers, wipes and hygiene supplies.
Children's Discovery Museum                                 Dishwasher, washer/dryer unit and protective PPE gear for safety and sanitation.

UNITED WAY OF COWLITZ AND WAHKIAKUM COUNTIES FIGHTS FOR THE HEALTH, EDUCATION AND FINANCIAL STABILITY OF EVERY PERSON IN OUR COMMUNITY, AND IN THESE TRYING TIMES WITH THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC CAUSING RAPID AND STRAINING CHANGES HERE AT HOME, THE UNITED WAY TEAM HAS ESTABLISHED A COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND TO AID THE MOST CURRENT CRITICAL NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITY. 

How the Fund Works:

The COVID-19 Response Fund is a flexible fund and is designed to receive community contributions that are undesignated so swift deployment of funds can be made to the most critical areas in need in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties.
 

 No admin fees will be taken. For the past 4 months, United Way of Cowlitz & Wahkiakum Counties has been pleased to offer 100% of donations made to our COVID-19 Response Fund would support local nonprofits urgent request related to the pandemic, Starting July 1, 2020, United Way will begin retaining 3% of donations to cover our credit card processing expense. We appreciate your support to our efforts to "Respond, Recover, Reimagine and Rebuild."

  • The United Way Board of Directors will approve funding distributions swiftly and on-going as needs are assessed.

  • The COVID-19 Response Fund is meant to serve the community for a short to medium term ranging from 3-6 months, but may extend past that time depending on developments.

  • Updates will be posted here frequently to inform donors and community members on funds distributed and details.


Fund Focus Area
Funding distribution areas may include food, shelter, rental and utility assistance, prescriptions, childcare and healthcare systems supports, but is not limited to those areas as this is a flexible fund enabling support to go to where it is needed most during this crisis. Funding can be awarded to local non-profit 501c3 organizations in the Cowlitz and Wahkiakum County region and not to individual submitted needs

Process for Entities in Need of Support:
Requesting organizations must be a 501c3 and operate and serve in the Cowlitz and Wahkiakum County region.

There is not a formal grant application process set up for this fund as is typical of all other United Way funding opportunities. Agencies in need should e-mail bfisher@cowlitzunitedway.org with a request stating the name of the agency requesting, specific need, time urgency and number of people estimated to serve. 

 

The United Way Board of Directors will approve funding distributions on-going as needs are assessed. 

 

For questions, please e-mail bfisher@cowlitzunitedway.org