April 3, 2020
WAUSAU, WI- In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin and United Way of Marathon County continue to address the needs of local nonprofits through the COVID-19 Community Response Fund. As of April 3, 2020, $91,000.00 has been invested directly back to the area.
This COVID-19 Community Response Fund focuses on immediate needs such as, but not limited to:
- Childcare for families impacted as a result of the pandemic
- Mental health and addiction care that may be impacted
- Food security
- Emergency rental and utility assistance
As of today, there was $206,000 in total donations to the fund. Support to the fund has been pouring in because of the generosity of our community members. The Community Foundation will cover all administrative fees so 100% of donations can be used to support local nonprofits. Andrew Dudley, executive director of the Dudley Foundation says, “Our Foundation gave to this fund because we recognized our community needed help during this crisis. We wanted to be proactive in our giving, so that organizations that need(ed) these funds would be able to receive it quickly and then continue to operate and provide essential services to our community members who are very much in need.
We admire all of the work that the Community Foundation and United Way have done for our community to address the needs caused by COVID19, and we are pleased to see such a quick response to this crisis.”
To learn more about the complete list of donors please go to: https://www.unitedwaymc.org/community-response-fund/
The following organizations have been awarded Community Relief Grants to date:
Blessings in a Backpack DC Everest–Wausau
Providing family-sized bags of food as a weekend supplement for vulnerable families experiencing food scarcity. The bags are distributed through the DCE, Mosinee and Wausau School Districts food distribution channels that are in place through the grab and go food distribution collaboration.
Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area
To provide take home, hot, nutritious dinners along with high yield activity packets, books, and craft activities to assist with out-of-school learning to anyone under the age of 18.
Bridge Street Mission
Will provide sack lunches to students living near the downtown Wausau area, who might not have transportation access to other food distribution sites.
Will provide staff with the resources to help with food and basic needs for families they serve who live just above or below the poverty line.
Community Center of Hope
Will provide self-serve, pre-packed bags of food and essential hygiene products to residents in the Mosinee area.
Faith in Action of Marathon County
To provide essential health related transportation and food security trips for the most vulnerable populations affected by COVID-19.
Hmong American Center
To educate the elderly Hmong and Southeast Asian community about COVID-19 and to provide food and essentials items to the homebound community members they serve.
Key to Life Christian Child Care
To provide operational funds for the center to remain open and provide high-quality care for children of parents in our community who are essential workers.
North Central Community Action Program
Will provide for emergency rental and utility assistance to income-eligible households.
The Salvation Army
Provide for emergency rental and utility assistance to income-eligible households.
Providing critical needs to the clients they serve including food distribution, at-home HIV testing, and personal care needs.
To provide for technology needs that will allow homebound staff to continue providing legal assistance in processing applications for its clients.
Woodson YMCA Childcare
Providing additional child care services at the Aspirus and downtown Wausau child care campuses for essential care workers in the community who still need to work.