covid 19 community response fund

Donate Today to the COVID-19 HR Community Response Fund

The United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County and The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County have announced the establishment of the COVID-19 HR Community Response Fund. “In unprecedented times such as these, a collaborative effort to support the most vulnerable members of our community is essential,” explains Laura Toni-Holsinger, United Way Executive Director. This fund will strategically deploy resources to assist nonprofits in helping build their capacity to respond to this crisis. Phase 1 grant funding will focus to support 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations providing access to food and access to safe shelter. Grants will help fund front line human services organizations that have deep roots in the community and strong experience working with those vulnerable in our community.

A special team will guide the distribution of funds. This is an opportunity for everyone in our community to support those impacted by COVID-19. Both United Way and fund holders of The Community Foundation will provide seed money for the fund. “We are deeply appreciative for the generosity of our fund holders and welcome everyone in our community who is able to be a part of this joint venture,” says Revlan Hill, Executive Director of The Community Foundation.

One hundred percent of the funds raised will go to support recovery efforts. With intention, this new fund is established with flexibility to ensure that these resources may support our local communities as conditions, circumstances, and needs change throughout this crisis. Updates will be included on both organizations’ websites as soon as they are available and we will be completely transparent regarding the use of these funds.

The situation is fluid and the prioritization of needs will change. A group of community leaders will work strategically with local nonprofit organizations to provide grants to agencies to meet both immediate and long-term needs related to the impact of the virus in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County area. One hundred percent of contributions to this fund will be distributed to nonprofit organizations swiftly as needs arise.

No Administration Fee – The Community Foundation has waived its administration fee to manage the COVID-19 HR Community Response Fund.

How to Contribute to the COVID-19 HR Community Response Fund

Checks may be made payable to The Community Foundation for “COVID-19 HR Response Fund,” may be mailed to: P O Box 1068, Harrisonburg, VA 22803. Click HERE to make an online gift. Normal credit card fees apply to on-line gifts.

Who Is Eligible for Funding?

While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, some community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support will be eligible.

Community Foundation offices closing due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we believe it is prudent to close our physical offices to the public.  Staff will be working remotely.

We will not be meeting with new or current fund holders in person, but we welcome the opportunity to talk with you via email or phone.  Gift, grants and all work will be processed in a timely manner.  Grant checks will be processed on our normal grant schedule.

COVID -19 Relief Fund

We are conferencing this week with City/County and nonprofit leaders to discuss a coordinate relief fund effort should one be necessary.  See the work of the Seattle Foundation at https://www.seattlefoundation.org/communityimpact/civic-leadership/covid-19-response-fund.  We have done a good deal of work on preparation for disaster funds.  We feel confident that we are ready to move forward with such a fund should one be necessary.

Contact information is below and please don’t hesitate to reach out if we can be of service.

  • Amy Lemmons               [email protected]                              Grant Manager & Accounting Assistant
  • Amanda Bomfim           [email protected]                        Program Officer
  • Ann Siciliano                  [email protected]                               Program Director – mobile number 540-476-5806
  • Tammy Duxbury            [email protected]                         Director of Accounting
  • Revlan Hill                      [email protected]                           Executive Director –mobile number 540- 820-1009

March 2020 TCFHR Newsletter