United Way of Roanoke Valley Awards Second Round of COVID-19 Grants

United Way of Roanoke Valley is distributing $104,900 in funding among 10 local organizations as part of Phase II of the Covid-19 Community Response Fund.

In less than three months, nearly $195,000 was raised to address local issues related to the coronavirus pandemic. A group of volunteer community members from across the region considered application requests totaling $211,100 from 18 organizations.

“While this is a period of significant need within our community, it has also been a time of tremendous generosity and collaboration. Individual donors and corporate sponsors share the goal of simply doing the most good in areas where needs are the most pressing,” said Abby Hamilton, President & CEO of United Way of Roanoke Valley. “Throughout the region, our nonprofit partners are working together to help families secure food, housing and utility expenses, health care, employment support, and childcare so that parents can keep their jobs.”

These organizations are recipients of Phase 2 funding focused on intermediate summer needs.

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of SWVA: $30,000 for feeding and youth development programs supporting 2,000 children and parents in need of summer care.
  • TAP: $23,400 to support emergency needs of TAP’s Domestic Violence Services, VA CARES, and the Homeless Employment and Learning Program helping clients struggling with paying rent and buying food, baby supplies and medications.
  • Bradley Free Clinic: $10,000 for dental care personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff and volunteers reopening the dental clinic for waiting-listed patients.
  • Lake Christian Ministries: $10,000 in financial assistance for Franklin County residents to prevent homelessness, address household utilities, and support job readiness and placement.
  • Blue Ridge Legal Services: $6,000 for civil legal assistance to low-income residents facing critical legal issues as a result of COVID-19.
  • ARCH Roanoke: $5,500 to support Bethany Hall with emergency services related to recovery support and in-patient substance abuse treatment for women in need.
  • Community Youth Program: $5,000 for personal and tutoring support for families of 4th -8th graders with limited access to food, work and summer care.
  • Family Service of Roanoke Valley: : $5,000 for providing mental health services for residents in crisis, offering brief, solution-focused counseling.
  • YMCA of Virginia’s Blue Ridge: $5,000 to provide childcare to the children of essential personnel during their work hours.
  • Heavenly Manna Food Bank: $5,000 for emergency food/meal assistance and hygiene supplies for 1,500 residents served in Franklin County.

The review committee set aside the remaining $29,176 to support emerging community needs in the fall.

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