New COVID-19 Regional Response Fund helps 16 area nonprofits

New COVID-19 Regional Response Fund helps 16 area nonprofits

ST. LOUIS – A new COVID-19 Regional Response Fund set up this month is sending grants totaling nearly $370,000 to 16 nonprofit organizations serving area groups and residents affected by the coronavirus, St. Louis Community Foundation officials announced Thursday, March 26.

The new fund is the product of a coalition of area foundations, businesses and individual donors, with an advisory council of public health experts, foundation partners and representatives of businesses and civic groups.

The following organizations are receiving the first wave of funds:

Aging

  • Aging Ahead: elder services and food delivery
  • Cardinal Ritter Senior Services: basic needs, mental health and isolation
  • Louis Area Agency on Aging: nutrition, transportation and other services

Basic Needs

  • Catholic Charities: coordinates agencies providing unmet and emerging needs
  • Community Action Agency of St. Louis County: rent, mortgage, utility and food assistance
  • Connections to Success: access to technology, food, transportation after job loss
  • Metro Trans Umbrella Group: food, toiletries, isolation for transgender adults
  • Salvation Army: food, supplies, shelter
  • Francis Community Services: therapy, legal aid and case management
  • Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis: nutrition, isolation, low-income rent and utilities

Child Care

  • United for Children: nutrition and child care for emergency and essential personnel

Disabilities Services

  • Paraquad: emotional support and communication for families and caregivers

Food Insecurity

  • Operation Food Search: food for children and families
  • Louis Area Food Bank: provide food given network disruptions

Mental and Behavioral Health

  • Alive & Well Communities: basic services, mental health and isolation
  • Behavioral Health Network: uninsured adults, homeless without phones

“With this initial round of grantmaking, we really wanted to support a broad array of organizations that are already working with affected people in the designated populations,” Elizabeth George, director of Community Investment for the St. Louis Community Foundation, said in a statement on the website. “Given the magnitude of the events unfolding and their impacts, we knew we had to act fast.”

Advisory council
Those serving on the advisory council are: Jama Dodson, St. Louis Mental Health Board; Jane Donahue, St. Louis Public Schools Foundation; Regina Greer, United Way of Greater St. Louis; LadyAshley Gregory, Forward Through Ferguson; Jacki Langum, ArchCity Defenders; Sal Martinez, Employment Connection; Rich McClure, UniGroup–retired; Jamie Opsal, St. Louis Seniors Fund; Jason Purnell, Washington University; Michael Renner, Missouri Foundation For Health; Pat Sly, Emerson–retired; Pat White, St. Louis Labor Council; and Elizabeth George, St. Louis Community Foundation.

Regional Response Fund coalition members include: United Way of Greater St. Louis, Boniface Foundation, Catholic Charities, Clark-Fox Foundation, Episcopal Presbyterian Health Trust, Incarnate World Foundation, Gateway Center for Giving, Jewish Federation of St. Louis, Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis, Marillac Mission Fund, Missouri Foundation for Health, Regional Business Council and its affiliate Social Venture Partners, Saigh Foundation, St. Louis City Seniors Fund, St. Louis Mental Health Board, St. Louis Regional Chamber, City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Trio Foundation of St. Louis, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Washington University, Wells Fargo Advisors and WestPort One.

Contributions are needed for both the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund and the Gateway Resilience Fund, set up to help employees and owners of restaurants, bars, shops and other venues affected by the coronavirus disruption.

Visit stlgives.org/COVID19 for details.

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