June 1, 2020
Contact: Zella Taylor, CEO
COVID-19 Relief Initiative Coming to United Way of Daviess County
Daviess, IN – United Way of Daviess County is pleased to announce that it has been approved to receive a $200,000 COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant, made possible through a partnership between Lilly Endowment, Inc. and Indiana United Ways, the state professional association of which United Way of Daviess County is a member. These special funds will be used to boost the efforts of selected area human and social service nonprofits on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic.
United Way of Daviess County has been a key convener and coordinator of our community’s response to meet human needs for decades. Even before this crisis, we knew that 27% in Daviess County were not able to make ends meet - despite working. Without a robust local nonprofit safety net, those needs are bound to become even more dire. Thanks to generous support from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., we are now more strongly positioned to help our community’s nonprofits deal with the immediate impacts of Covid-19,” said Board Chair, Eric Lane, for United Way of Daviess County.
The COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant calls for United Ways that receive funding to leverage partnerships and relationships to better meet Covid-related essential and basic needs, which could include safe, emergency childcare, and to address other Covid-19 critical issues as they emerge. Specifically, United Way of Daviess County, plans to provide funding through 3-4 grant phases (last phase ending in March 31, 2022. The United Way of Daviess County and the The Daviess County Community Foundation have partnered in this effort and will begin accepting funding requests from area human and social service nonprofits in good standing. The first phase will be open within the next 30 days with more information to follow soon. Grants will be available through The Daviess County Community Foundation grant portal. As always, feel free to contact either office with additional questions!
More about United Way of Daviess County and email@example.com, 812-254-1038.
Lilly Endowment Inc., is a private philanthropic foundation supporting the causes of religion, education and community development focusing its work in Indianapolis and the State of Indiana. For more information, contact Judith Cebula, Communications Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indiana United Ways is the state association for United Ways in Indiana that supports thriving United Ways through capacity building, shared services, and partnering. For more information, contact Maureen Noe, President & CEO at Maureen.email@example.com.
When you feel the most helpless, you actually have the power to do the most good.
As we move into social distancing and self-quarantine, it’s natural to feel isolated. Staying away from other people, though necessary, doesn’t fulfill our need to take action, to do something in the face of this crisis.
Fortunately, even in isolation, you can help the most vulnerable among us. Because we are never truly alone in our human community.
Here are five things you can do to fight in the face of COVID-19:
Donate to the United Way of Daviess County COVID-19 Relief Fund. Your gift supports community resources that serve struggling families in Daviess County. Workers are losing wages and tips due to event cancellations and business closures. Kids who rely on free- and reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school risk going hungry. As food pantries and other community resources are inundated, donations to theUnited Way of Daviess County COVID-19 Relief Fund help ensure these vital relief services stay open and accessible.
Direct people to Connections at 812-257-2650 or visit their website at https://www.dcpconnections.org/
Spare something for the food pantries. As stores run out of bulk food and toilet paper, food pantries are struggling to fill their shelves, even as more people are coming in for help. Consider donating what you can spare, especially non-perishable food and toiletry items to Feed My Sheep at 812-254-5429 or contact Connections for additional referrals, to find out what our local food pantries need most and where to drop off donations.
Call your friends and family. Loneliness is as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Even during isolation, modern technology allows us to stay connected. Checking in on friends and family is more than polite right now, it’s essential. And don’t forget elderly neighbors or others living alone.
Take care of your mental health. If you’re stuck at home, keep busy with hobbies, try out arts and crafts, pick up an old musical instrument, organize family game nights, and step outside for fresh air and exercise. You can’t take care of others unless you take care of yourself.
Even in these uncertain times, no one is powerless to make a difference. Small acts, taken together across the country, can change the course of the pandemic, bolster those facing economic challenges, and protect the most vulnerable.