Sunday, September 20th, 2020

Relief Initiative coming to United Way

Posted: Friday, May 15, 2020

United Way of Huntington County is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $225,000 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 Huntington 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 in Huntington County.

“United Way of Huntington 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 25% of families in Huntington County were not able to make ends meet – despite working and maintaining consistent employment. Those needs are bound to become even more dire during this uncertain time. However, Huntington County has always had a robust local nonprofit safety net, and the money from this grant will strengthen the nonprofits’ impact and reach in our community. 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 Mark Wiley, chair of the board for United Way of Huntington County.

The COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant calls for United Ways that receive funding to leverage partnerships and relationships to better meet COVID-19 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 Huntington County has teamed up with the Huntington County Community Foundation to create the Huntington County Emergency Relief Fund to help support those in our community that will be most affected by the health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations in need of funding related to the pandemic can apply for funds at huntingtonccf.org/coronavirus. Individuals in need can apply for assistance through Love INC and the Salvation Army. Individuals must be Huntington County residents.