Delaware County COVID-19 Response Fund Off to a Good Start as Requests for Donations Continues

David Bjorkgren
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Launch event in March 2018 for the Foundation for Delaware County. Image via Robert O. Williams/The Williams Group for The Foundation for Delaware County.

A $100,000 contribution has been made to the new Delaware County COVID-19 Response Fund established Friday by The Foundation for Delaware County.

The fund is a partnership with area business, government and community partners.

“One hundred percent of the donations will go directly to vulnerable communities in Delaware County by supporting the non-profit agencies that are already struggling to manage increased need for services, at a time when they simply cannot operate with the usual resources and methods,” said Foundation President Frances Sheehan.

As the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies locally, it will disproportionately impact vulnerable citizens like older adults,  people with compromised immune systems, low-wage workers and the homeless.

The Foundation is researching how to most effectively provide immediate support, understanding that the pandemic impacts will be long-lasting and recovery difficult.

An advisory committee  of Delaware County business, Foundation, government and nonprofit leaders will  oversee the fund’s distributions.

Mike Magnavita, president of the Franklin Mint Credit Union, will chair the committee, which will include Brian Zidek, Delaware County Council chairman.

The Fund will identify local nonprofit organizations that have proven track records, trusted by the communities that are most disproportionately affected.

The Response Fund’s community-based strategy will complement government actions and other response efforts, providing immediate relief and longer-term recovery initiatives.

For more information, click here. 

To donate to the fund, click here. 

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