posted on April 14, 2020 14:27
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For further information contact
Linda Yoder, Executive Director
April 14, 2020
MARSHALL COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE PHASE 1 GRANTS
Food pantries, housing and utility assistance response focus
The first of Phase 1 grants from the Marshall County COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund at the United Way of Marshall County were awarded April 10, 2020, to food pantries and organizations providing housing and utility assistance to families and individuals impacted by COVID-19. United Way, in partnership with the Marshall County Community Foundation, is working with a network of businesses, educators, faith-based and disaster relief organizations, nonprofits, and volunteers to address immediate and urgent needs. The grants total an initial $22,250 in funding to local nonprofits responding to the pandemic and providing direct assistance to impacted households.
Food pantries receiving Phase 1 grants –
- Argos Methodist Church Food Pantry
- Bourbon First United Methodist Church Helping Hands Food Pantry
- Project Help (Bremen)
- Grace United Church of Christ Food Pantry (Culver)
- Monastery of the Holy Martyrs Food Pantry (Plymouth)
- Marshall County Neighborhood Center (Plymouth)
- Bread of Life Food Pantry (Plymouth)
Food pantries throughout Marshall County will receive the funds to help them restock their shelves and continue their important services. Some food pantry directors in requesting Phase 1 grants are reporting a 50 – 75% increase in households coming to their food pantries for the first time.
Link to Hope and Project Help received Phase 1 grants for housing and utilities assistance. As lay-offs and furloughs from employment continue to rise, providing this aid to households is imperative to help keep individuals and families safely in their residences. The Phase 1 housing and utilities assistance will be made in collaboration with township trustees and other community partners including nonprofits and faith-based organizations.
Individuals looking for assistance may visit the United Way COVID-19 Resource List (marshallcountyuw.org/covid19) for updates on Marshall County food panty hours. Call 211 or search https://in211.communityos.org/ for questions regarding food, childcare, housing and utility assistance, and mental health services. 2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that helps Hoosiers find the local resources they need. Dial 2-1-1 to connect with a trained navigator, 24/7/365.
The United Way of Marshall County and Marshall County Community Foundation – working in partnership for COVID-19 response and recovery – encourage individuals, businesses and organizations to donate to help address immediate needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic at www.marshallcountyuw.org/covid19. Visit www.marshallcountycf.org/covid19 to learn more about the Foundation’s unique role in COVID-19 response and recovery work.
About the United Way of Marshall County
For over 50 years, the United Way of Marshall County has continuously conducted annual fundraising campaigns in support of local health and human service not-for-profit organizations. The United Way has been the conduit for helping thousands of individuals, regardless of income level, contribute to a united community cause. United Way volunteers have spent millions of hours advocating for much needed programs and services that help build a stronger community and, as a result, the United Way has allocated more than $8 million to local agencies for everything from basic necessities like food to tutoring programs for youth to helping the elderly get to the doctor. The United Way of Marshall County remains committed to igniting the caring power of the human spirit to help meet the most basic needs of education, health and financial stability. Together we create a stronger future for Marshall County.
About the Marshall County Community Foundation
The Marshall County Community Foundation is a public charity with local roots that helps great ideas take flight through endowment philanthropy. Since 1991, donors to the Marshall County Community Foundation have built the community’s assets currently valued at more than $36 million and have returned over $14.9 million to Marshall County communities in grants and scholarships, $3.9 million from Community Funds. For more information about the Foundation, call 574.935.9159 or visit www.marshallcountycf.org.