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April 29, 2020

CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund Announces Third Round of Grants Totaling $121,000

$526,000 Distributed to Local Nonprofits To Date

United Way of the CSRA and the Community Foundation for the CSRA today announced $121,000 will be distributed to local nonprofits in the third round of grants provided through the CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. The United Way and Community Foundation announced the creation of this emergency fund on March 20 to provide needed resources to nonprofit organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic serving our most vulnerable populations. To date, $526,000 has been directed to local relief efforts across the first three phases of grants from the fund.

The following organizations will receive a collective $121,000 as part of the third round of grants:

Boys and Girls Clubs of the CSRA ($45,000) – This grant will support an online academic assistance program created by Boys and Girls Clubs of the CSRA to provide structure and support for distance learning environments. Working with youth and families enrolled in Boys and Girls Clubs, the program is designed to fill technology gaps, help parents who may not have the skills necessary to home school their children, and provide a routine that keeps the students on schedule for promotion.

theClubhou.se ($30,000) – A small business incubator and nonprofit, theClubhou.se has been asked by various public health providers to produce personal protective equipment (PPE), particularly face masks, using their 3D printers. These dollars will allow theClubhou.se to scale this production effort and provide PPE to local hospitals and first responders in the CSRA area. Artists and gig workers who are unemployed due to COVID-19 will be hired to help with this effort.

Miracle Making Ministries, Inc. ($16,000) – This grant will help the Druid Park based health clinic with additional costs for PPE, staff hours and technology needs associated with COVID-19. Additionally, these dollars will provide prescription assistance for existing patients who are suffering from hardships brought about by the virus.

The Bridge Ministry of the CSRA ($20,000) The Bridge Ministry has been on the front lines of helping the homeless and those living in extreme poverty in our community for years. This grant will help them to purchase additional food which will serve the hard to access populations in Columbia, Richmond, Wilkes, and Lincoln Counties.

The Mosaic Center ($10,000) – This grant will help purchase food and provide other supportive services to residents who are living in Maxwell House Apartments in downtown Augusta. Many of the residents work in as-needed jobs in the hotel/hospitality industry. Due to COVID-19, most residents have not had the opportunity to work and need assistance.

For a list of all grants given to date please visit www.cfcsra.org/COVID-19Recipients

These grants have been made possible by contributions to the CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund from Augusta National Golf Club, Community Foundation for the CSRA, United Way of the CSRA, Chestnut Family Foundation, Bridgewater Fund, The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation, Georgia Power Foundation, Graphic Packaging International, Truist Foundation, Betty and Davis Fitzgerald Foundation, Bank of America Foundation and scores of individuals in our community. As the need continues to rapidly increase throughout the region, please join these community leaders and donate to the CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund today at www.uwcsra.org or www.cfcsra.org.

United Way and Community Foundation staff, with guidance from a volunteer advisory committee comprised of respected community leaders, are working together to identify needs and gaps in resources during this ongoing pandemic. Nonprofits in the community can submit grant applications through the Community Foundation website. Support funds will be released on a rolling basis throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of this crisis, making it possible to deploy resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases.

The first few phases of grants are focused on the immediate basic needs of financially vulnerable individuals and families to help bolster resilience in affected communities. These vital needs range from housing support (including shelter, rent and mortgage); utilities and transportation assistance; and food, personal hygiene items, childcare, etc.

We anticipate our region will continue to experience economic burdens during this time. The Community Foundation for the CSRA and United Way will continue to assess the short and long-term impacts of this health and economic crisis on this area. Funding priorities may shift as our understanding of need and where we can be most impactful deepens.

In an effort to direct those most in need of immediate assistance to critical resources, individuals can get connected to United Way’s free information and referral service by dialing 2-1-1, or by visiting www.211csra.org  to use the Community Resources Database. Each call is completely free and confidential.


 

April 14, 2020

CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund Announces Additional $160,000 in Grants

United Way of the CSRA and the Community Foundation for the CSRA partnered to create the CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to provide needed resources to nonprofit organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic serving our most vulnerable populations.

Today, the organizations announced $160,000 in its second round of grants will be directed to the following organizations to assist their efforts:

ACTS of Aiken ($50,000) – This grant will support vulnerable populations in the communities of Aiken, Wagner, Jacksonville and Graniteville. Services may shift based on the changing needs of those communities but will include assistance with food, prescriptions, rental and utility assistance. 

Community Ministries of North Augusta ($40,000) – This grant will help individuals in need due to COVID-19 in the greater North Augusta and Edgefield areas. Support services will include food, rental and utility assistance. 

Child Enrichment ($35,000) – Due to sheltering in place and family stresses related to COVID-19, Child Enrichment is seeing an increase in reported incidents of child abuse.  The increase has required them to perform more forensic interviews and offer additional support and counseling services than normal. This grant will help facilitate the additional staffing hours needed to provide these services and help with costs associated with the technology needed to safely provide internet-based services.

New Bethlehem Community Center ($20,000) – Even in good times, the Bethlehem community relies on the New Bethlehem Community Center to help with food security and other essential services. Due to COVID-19 and school closures, the Center is seeing a large increase in need for food, medical supplies and other essential services related to both the elderly and families with children. This grant will help with their food and medical supply distribution programs.

Broad Street Ministries ($10,000) – While this ministry serves individuals regardless of where they live, it is a lifeline to individuals in need living in the greater East Augusta area. Due to COVID-19, they have seen a dramatic increase in the number of individuals seeking their help. This grant will help purchase food and other essential items.

Concerned Women ($5,000) – This grant will allow Concerned Women to purchase additional food to meet the growing need for their assistance. Although they work with individuals from multiple counties, they are based in Columbia County and are readily available to those residents who have been impacted by the current crisis. 

These grants have been made possible by contributions to the CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund from Augusta National Golf Club, Community Foundation for the CSRA, United Way of the CSRA, Chestnut Family Foundation, The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation, Georgia Power Foundation, Graphic Packaging International, Truist, Betty and Davis Fitzgerald Foundation and scores of individuals in our community. As the need continues to rapidly increase throughout the region, please join these community leaders and donate to the CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund today at www.uwcsra.org or www.cfcsra.org.

United Way and Community Foundation staff, with guidance from a volunteer advisory committee comprised of respected community leaders, are working together to identify needs and gaps in resources during this ongoing pandemic. Nonprofits in the community can submit grant applications through the Community Foundation website. Support funds will be released on a rolling basis throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of this crisis, making it possible to deploy resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases.

The first few phases of grants will focus on the immediate basic needs of financially vulnerable individuals and families to help bolster resilience in affected communities. These vital needs range from housing support (including shelter, rent and mortgage); utilities and transportation assistance; and food, personal hygiene items, childcare, etc.

We anticipate our region will continue to experience economic burdens during this time. The Community Foundation for the CSRA and the United Way will continue to assess the short and long-term impacts of this health and economic crisis on this area. Funding priorities may shift as our understanding of need and where we can be most impactful deepens.

In an effort to direct those most in need of immediate assistance to critical resources, individuals can get connected to United Way’s free information and referral service by dialing 2-1-1, or by visiting www.211csra.org  to use the Community Resources Database. Each call is completely free and confidential.


 

April 7, 2020

CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund Announces $245,000 in Initial Grants

United Way of the CSRA and the Community Foundation for the CSRA partnered to create the CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to provide needed resources to nonprofit organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic serving our most vulnerable populations.

Today, the organizations announced $245,000 in initial grants will be directed to the following organizations to assist their efforts:

The Salvation Army ($75,000) – Funding will support the conversion of the Center of Hope emergency shelter program from an overnight only shelter into a 24-hour emergency shelter that aims to protect the homeless population from exposure to and spread of the virus, and provide safe shelter and food for approximately 120 men, women and children. Funding will also help cover costs associated with moving and expanding the daily evening feeding program. This program is open to the public for dinner and is now at the Kroc Center.

Family Connection ($75,000) – This grant will primarily focus on bringing resources to rural counties. Due to COVID-19, Family Connection sites are receiving large numbers of requests for assistance with food, rent, utilities and other supportive services. They are also helping families bridge the technology gap so children without access to the internet can continue to learn from their homes.

Golden Harvest Food Bank ($50,000) – Providing food in 25 counties across two states, Golden Harvest is working with food pantries, soup kitchens and school systems to meet the increased demand for food due to COVID-19. Funding will support the purchase of food to provide an additional 50,000 meals to residents in our communities who need it most.

Family YMCA of Greater Augusta ($25,000) – The Family Y is operating a childcare program that serves children of first responders and other essential personnel in the region who must continue to work. The grant will support the cost of providing free childcare at four Family Y locations. The grant will also help provide emergency meals for families in need.

Economic Opportunity Authority (EOA) ($20,000) – Funding will place families with children who are currently being sheltered at the Center for Hope in permanent housing and provide supportive services to stabilize their family situation and prevent future homelessness. Additional assistance will be directed toward several other families living in rural communities who are in danger of becoming homeless due to COVID-19.

These grants have been made possible by contributions to the CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund from Augusta National Golf Club, Community Foundation for the CSRA, United Way of the CSRA, Chestnut Family Foundation, Georgia Power Foundation, Truist, Betty and Davis Fitzgerald Foundation and scores of individuals in our community. As the need continues to rapidly increase throughout the region, please join these community leaders and donate to the CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund today at www.uwcsra.org or www.cfcsra.org.

United Way and Community Foundation staff, with guidance from a volunteer advisory committee comprised of respected community leaders, are working together to identify needs and gaps in resources during this ongoing pandemic. Nonprofits in the community can submit applications through the Community Foundation website. Support funds will be released on a rolling basis throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of this crisis, making it possible to deploy resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases.

The first few phases of grants will focus on the immediate basic needs of financially vulnerable individuals and families to help bolster resilience in affected communities. These vital needs range from housing support (including shelter, rent and mortgage); utilities and transportation assistance; and food, personal hygiene items, childcare, etc.

We anticipate our region will continue to experience economic burdens during this time.  The Community Foundation for the CSRA and the United Way of the CSRA will continue to assess the short and long-term impacts of this health and economic crisis on this area.  Funding priorities may shift as our understanding of need and where we can be most impactful deepens.

In an effort to direct those most in need of immediate assistance to critical resources, individuals can get connected to United Way's free information and referral service by dialing 2-1-1, or by visiting www.211csra.org to use the Community Resource Database.  Each call is completely free and confidential.  


 

March 30, 2020

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR THE CSRA AND AUGUSTA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB ANNOUNCE $2 MILLION DONATION TO LOCAL COVID-19 RESPONSE EFFORTS

The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA), in partnership with Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, have announced a $2 million gift to address the ongoing challenges facing our community as a result of COVID-19.

$1 million will be given to Augusta University (AU) to support the expansion of its COVID-19 testing capabilities. The other $1 million will be given to the CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. This fund was recently launched by the Community Foundation and United Way of the CSRA to raise support for nonprofits who are serving crucial roles in providing food, shelter, and educational and economic support for those most in need of help during this challenging time.

“The Community Foundation is immensely grateful to Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament for its leadership and commitment to the Augusta region, and we are pleased to work together to respond to local needs created by this pandemic,” said Shell Berry, President and CEO of the Community Foundation. “In addition to the expansion of testing, these dollars will give our nonprofit partners the security to focus on helping others and not worry quite as much about how to fund their work. The Community Foundation will continue leaning into its mission by using our resources generously when the community needs it most, including through our ongoing work with the United Way on the CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.”

The Community Foundation and the United Way have been working together to create a process to identify community need and gaps in funding, while seeking the guidance of community advisors to make grants available as efficiently as possible over the coming days and weeks. An Ad Hoc Advisory Committee has been formed and is comprised of the following respected leaders in our community:

Mr. Jim Armstrong, Community Foundation Board Member
Dr. Faye Hargrove, Community Foundation Board Member
Mr. Joe Klecha, United Way Board Member
Mr. Jordan Pierce, United Way Board Member
Ms. Tamera Toogood, At-Large Community Member

Augusta National Golf Club has donated more than $25 million to the Community Foundation for the CSRA, who has distributed these contributions to various local charities and philanthropic endeavors throughout the region. This generosity has inspired others to support the work of the Foundation such that more than $100 million in grants have been distributed in the CSRA since 1996.


March 20, 2020

Community Foundation and United Way of the CSRA Covid-19 Response

Over the past few weeks, we have closely monitored the impact of the coronavirus both in our community and around the globe. The impacts of this pandemic are affecting thousands of area residents, and it's why the Community Foundation for the CSRA and the United Way of the CSRA
are partnering to provide emergency assistance for the most vulnerable populations living in our communities. 

We’re learning that the virus is not only impacting health and well-being, but also the financial
stability of many people living in our region. And the time to act is now. With 51% of our residents currently living in poverty or considered the working poor, just one missed paycheck can have catastrophic effects.

Through the partnership between our two organizations, the CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund monies will be directed to vetted, local nonprofit partners who are providing critical services AND we will provide monies to individuals and families for immediate needs related to this crisis.

We're counting on your support.  Will you help us combat the impacts of COVID-19 in the CSRA? Simply click here to donate and make a difference for a fellow neighbor in need.

Or mail your contribution to:

ATTN CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area
P.O. Box 31358
Augusta, GA 30903

 Or

United Way of the CSRA
1765 Broad St.
Augusta, GA 30904

Additionally, please refer those in need of immediate assistance to United Way's 2-1-1 Contact Center. Just dial 2-1-1. Our team is working hard to connect those most in need to critical resources.
 

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