(Woodstock, VA—March 31, 2020). Shenandoah Community Foundation has established a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund for Shenandoah County. The Foundation seeded the Fund with $35,000 that was made possible through the generosity of a legacy gift from Dr. Jacob Haun and Diane Gardner-Haun. Within one day, the Fund has grown to over $105,000 with major donations from local businesses and individuals.
The purpose of the Fund is to offer grants to charitable organizations to enable them to meet the emergency needs of Shenandoah County community members who have been impacted by the pandemic. This may include assistance for food, housing, health care, transportation, daycare, utilities, or other life-sustaining expenses. President Michael Funk stated, “We are concerned about the welfare of our Shenandoah County residents and want to help meet the greatest needs in our community as we experience the growing impact from the coronavirus. Together we will face and overcome this challenge.”
The Foundation has also pledged to waive its fee for the administration of this fund. As a result, 100% of every contribution will benefit local residents.
Who can apply?
Local charitable organizations can apply for grants by completing an application available on the Foundation’s website. The distribution of resources will be guided by the Foundation’s Executive Committee with input from local government agencies, the non-profit sector, Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce and others to address the most immediate and urgent needs within the County.
How you can help
Donations to this fund can be made by check to Shenandoah Community Foundation at PO Box 350, Strasburg, VA 22657 or by credit card through its website HERE.
The Foundation encourages individuals and families in need of immediate assistance to contact the Shenandoah County Department of Social Services (540-459-6226) and view other resources available on Shenandoah Community Foundation’s website.
Frequently Asked Questions about this fund:
CLICK HERE for Frequently Asked Questions about the Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund, including a link to the application form.
CLICK HERE to see updated lists of grants made from this fund.