COVID Relief Fund grants nearly $600,000 to area nonprofits

Community Foundation emergency fund seeks donations, awards grants

VANCOUVER — The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington recently awarded $592,078 in grants from the SW Washington COVID Response Fund. This emergency response fund was established as a way for residents to support urgent relief efforts across Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania counties. 

The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington recently awarded $592,078 in grants from the SW Washington COVID Response Fund. Photo courtesy of The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington
The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington recently awarded $592,078 in grants from the SW Washington COVID Response Fund. Photo courtesy of The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington

Jennifer Rhoads, president of the Community Foundation, said that every dollar donated to the response fund is directed to local nonprofits. The most recent grants assisted 15 nonprofits serving people who have been most affected by the health and economic impacts of COVID-19. Following is a complete list of grants awarded from the emergency fund in the first half of May: 

  • Lighthouse Financial Foundation – $91,828
  • NAACP Vancouver – $59,000
  • Meals on Wheels – $25,000
  • Council for the Homeless – $130,000
  • Bridgeview – $75,000
  • Rainbow Advocacy Inclusion & Networking Services – $5,000
  • The ALS Association Oregon and SW Washington Chapter – $10,000
  • Family Solutions – $10,000
  • Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program – $3,650
  • Latino Community Resource Group – $80,000
  • Living for Christ Church – $10,000 
  • Lower Columbia College – $25,000
  • Community Health Partners – $17,600
  • Food Lifeline – $25,000
  • Janus Youth Programs – $25,000

Relief provided through the SW Washington COVID Response Fund now totals nearly $3.5 million. Collectively, the 95 grants distributed are supporting programs and services that improve access to food, housing, technology, and health and safety equipment. 

“Neighbors and friends across southwest Washington are responding in many ways, and this relief fund is another opportunity for all of us to help those who are hurting most,” Rhoads said. “By giving what we can together, we will provide a stronger recovery for our region.” 

Grants are announced weekly and listed on the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington’s website. Those interested in learning more or donating can visit cfsww.org/covid19

About the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington

Established in 1984, the Community Foundation helps local residents build a more vibrant community by inspiring investments in local philanthropy. The Foundation holds more than 360 distinct funds, which are actively invested to grow charitable assets. Governed by an esteemed volunteer Board of Directors, the Community Foundation offers benefits and services to donors, nonprofits and the community at large. Learn more at cfsww.org

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