COVID-19 emergency fund still available to nonprofits

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As uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic continues, a fund set up by the Montgomery County Community Foundation is still helping nonprofits respond to the crisis.

The COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund has given more than $216,700 so far to local agencies, said Sarah Storms, the foundation’s communications and scholarship director.

Funding goes to food, childcare, human services and health providers on the front lines of the pandemic response.

The foundation’s board of directors established the fund in March as the need for financial help began to grow.

Money from the fund allowed the Boys & Girls Club of Montgomery County to pack more than 3,000 weekend meals for families. The fund also made it possible for local schools to deliver food to students this summer.

Funding also went to the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau, fire stations, daycares, food pantries and the Montgomery County Free Clinic among other agencies.

Grants are awarded on an as-needed basis.

The money will be available until funds are depleted or the need has gone away, Storms said.

“We’re still fully in to it. It will all depend on what winter will bring and what we continue to see with numbers,” Storms said.

Five new cases were confirmed as of midnight Thursday, bringing the overall total to 455, according to the Montgomery County Health Department. No additional deaths were reported.

None of the new cases were related to the clusters at Bickford Senior Living or Wabash College, the health department said.

Money for the foundation’s fund comes from local donors. Those interested in giving can visit www.mccf-in.givingfuel.com/giving-page.

The foundation also provides nonprofits with information about federal CARES Act funding, Volunteer 54, a social network for volunteer opportunities maintained by the Montgomery County Leadership Academy, and MontCares, an online directory of local care providers.

For more information, visit www.mccf-in.org.

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