Central Alabama Community Foundation and River Region United Way announce Covid relief funding - 1

Photo: Burton Crenshaw, President, Central Alabama Community Foundation (at microphone) and Ann S. Cooper, Vice President of Community Impact, River Region United Way announced the third round of funding from the Covid 19 United Relief Fund last week.

The Central Alabama Community Foundation (CACF) and River Region United Way (RRUW) recently announced the third round of grants awarded to community nonprofit organizations and churches from the Community COVID-19 United Relief Fund. Representatives from two of the organizations that have received funding were on hand to talk about the needs they are seeing as a result of the pandemic, and how relief funds have allowed them to help people in the community.

The Central Alabama Community Foundation and River Region United Way have partnered in response to COVID-19 and the community needs resulting from this pandemic. Together, they are collaborating to address the most vital needs of people across the River Region area of Central Alabama and the Wiregrass. Since first announcing the creation of this fund in March, the shared goal was to solve problems together and help people by providing needed resources to local nonprofit partners for the purposes of providing goods or services that will offer relief to those with basic needs.

Burton Crenshaw, President of Central Alabama Community Foundation said, “On March 20th, we along with the River Region United Way, announced the Community COVID-19 United Relief Fund. The Fund began with $200,000 that was contributed by both organizations. As of today, additional donations of over $190,000 have been added to the Fund. Today, we are pleased to announce over $57,000 in grants to 23 organizations. This brings the total amount of grants payout to $157,500 for organizations supporting basic needs and/or health and wellness efforts. We will continue this Fund into the near future.”

Child Protect received one of the 64 grants awarded thus far from the Community COVID-19 United Relief Fund. “Child abuse is expected to rise 30% because of children being isolated in homes that have added stress and pressure due to the pandemic,” Executive Director Jannah Bailey explained. “Before schools closed early, they were often the safe place for children, and a teacher was that trusted adult a child could confide in; but with school out, we’re having to find alternative ways to inform the community about recognizing the signs of child abuse and reporting it. So, these relief funds that Child Protect received from CACF and United Way gave us the resources we needed to print materials to place in the breakfasts and lunches that the children were receiving from MPS, from the YMCA and at Mercy House.”

THIRD ROUND OF GRANTEES FUNDED BY THE COMMUNITY COVID-19 UNITED RELIEF FUND:

•  Alabama Kidney Foundation will receive $2,500 to provide direct aid for medical, transportation, and utility costs for dialysis and transplant patients who are financially insecure due to COVID-19.

• Alabama Rural Ministry will receive $2,500 to provide emergency food, hygiene supplies, and medication for persons who must “shelter in place” due to age or medical conditions.

•  American Legion Charles L. Martin Post 1948 will receive $2,500 to provide food, hygiene items, transportation, and shelter for individuals impacted by COVID-19.

• Autauga Interfaith Care Center will receive $2,500 to provide utility assistance for clients who are financially insecure due to COVID-19.

• Autism Society of Alabama will receive $2,500 to implement virtual parent and sibling support groups to address the impacts of COVID-19 “sheltering in place” on autistic children and their families.

• First United Methodist Church will receive $2,500 to provide direct aid for utilities, food, and gasoline to clients who are financially insecure due to COVID-19.

• Frazer United Methodist Church will receive $2,500 to provide direct aid for utilities and other bills of clients impacted by COVID-19.

• Friendship Mission will receive $2,361 to purchase a commercial washer and dryer and a handwashing station to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection among shelter residents and soup kitchen guests.

• Hope Inspired Ministries will receive $2,500 to purchase and install a washer and dryer to support clients displaced by COVID-19 and now employed in jobs requiring daily laundering of heavily-soiled work clothes.

• Hospice Montgomery will receive $2,500 to purchase personal protective equipment to protect patients and their caregivers.

• Love in Action International Ministries will receive $2,500 to provide food and utility assistance for clients in the Wiregrass area.

• MBA Community Ministries, Inc. will receive $2,500 to purchase food for distribution to clients “sheltering in place” through its Rolling Store.

• Medical Outreach Ministries will receive $2,500 to support its operation of telehealth services that are necessary to protect its health providers and patients, with a majority of both groups vulnerable to COVID-19 due to age and/or chronic conditions.

• Metro Church of Christ will receive $2,500 to provide direct aid of utility and rental assistance for clients who are financially insecure due to COVID-19.

The Montgomery City of Refuge will receive $2,500 to purchase food for distribution to clients in need through its Shepherd’s Staff Food Pantry serving south Montgomery communities.

• New Walk of Life Church will receive $2,500 to provide direct aid for utilities, rent, and transportation to clients impacted by COVID-19.

• Notasulga Area Support Organization will receive $2,500 to provide direct aid of food, transportation, childcare, and utilities for clients who are hospitalized or unemployed due to COVID-19.

• Operation Homefront Southeast will receive $2,500 to provide direct aid of rent, utilities, transportation, and food for clients who are dependents of active or injured military members and are impacted by COVID-19.

• Ostara Initiative will receive $2,500 to implement a teleconferencing station at Julia Tutwiler Prison to provide professional doula support for expectant mothers to address the prison’s COVID-19 protocol prohibiting entrance by any outside personnel.

• The Salvation Army of Dothan will receive $2,500 to provide utility assistance to clients who are financially insecure due to COVID-19.

• The Salvation Army of Montgomery will receive $2,500 to purchase food for distribution to clients in need.

• Strong Tower at Washington Park will receive $2,500 to provide direct aid for utilities and rent to clients who are financially insecure due to COVID-19.

• The Word of Life Church will receive $2,500 to purchase food for distribution through its food bank to clients in need.

These 23 grants awards represent an investment of $57,361 in our community.

All 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and churches supporting basic needs and/or health and wellness efforts related to the pandemic and its aftermath are encouraged to apply online for relief funds. These organizations must serve the River Region area of Central Alabama or the Wiregrass.

Grant requests will be limited to $2,500 per organization's application. Organizations receiving a grant may reapply for additional funds after expending the initial award or for a different request. (Grant applications from individuals needing assistance are not eligible.)

Applications can be accessed online at www.cacfinfo.org/grants and will be accepted and responded to on a rolling basis. The next round of grantees will be announced on June 1, 2020.

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