MEDFORD, OREGON — April 8, 2020, United Way of Jackson County has raised over $150,000 for their COVID-19 Fund, which provides grants to individuals and social service nonprofits in the county for extraordinary and emergency expenses related to COVID-19. As of today, around 60% of funds have been distributed with the majority of funding going to provide rent and utilities assistance, help social service nonprofits with emergency costs, and support homelessness efforts. “People remain so generous in both giving and receiving,” says Dee Anne Everson, CEO and Executive Director of United Way of Jackson County. “Most of these folks have never asked for help and are maneuvering a system that is very strange to them. Their kindness under great stress has been really impressive and uplifting.”
Established on March 13, 2020, the COVID-19 Fund has been able to meet all qualified funding requests to date. Everson notes that 100% of funds donated are redistributed to the Jackson County community in the form of grants of up to $350 for individuals and $1,000 for organizations. To be eligible, individuals must live in Jackson County and need assistance due to conditions caused directly by the COVID-19 pandemic; organizations must be a 501(c)(3) social service nonprofit, be in good standing with the State of Oregon, and serve clients from Jackson County.
“The work being done across the county is truly amazing,” says Colleen Roberts, Chair of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners. “It will take the entire community to get through this serious outbreak, and the efforts we have seen from the Jackson County Emergency Operation Center (EOC), other county departments, and our community partners like United Way show us that we can do it.”
If you, or your social service nonprofit, wish to apply for a grant, or if you would like to donate to the fund, please visit United Way of Jackson County’s COVID-19 webpage at UnitedWayofJacksonCounty.org/covid-19-fund/.
For more information, please contact: Dee Anne Everson, CEO/Executive Director of United Way of Jackson County, at (541) 773-5339 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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