Provided by Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has announced the grantees from Round 2 of the COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia.
The Community Foundation is mindful that the coronavirus will have a disproportionate impact on people with the least ability to meet it. Round 2 funding is directed to local organizations meeting basic needs and offering emergency financial assistance to our most vulnerable neighbors. A total of $360,000 has been awarded to 28 organizations who continue to be on the front lines of the crisis. The organizations in the greater Prince William area are listed below.
Round Two Grantees
Ethiopian Community Development Council – $10,000. Support will provide emergency financial assistance to their most vulnerable clients, including several families who have most recently resettled in Northern Virginia through the refugee reception and placement program and who do not qualify for the same federal assistance as our other clients in the area due to their status. Funding will support emergency financial assistance for rent, food, and unreimbursed medical expenses for families in Fairfax, Prince William, and Loudoun Counties.
Good Shepherd Housing – $10,000. A 46-year-old affordable housing and homeless services provider, Good Shepherd Housing provides housing-related services, housing, case management support and financial assistance to our most vulnerable neighbors and residents. Support will provide emergency financial assistance for both residents and non-residents who have lost work and incomes as a result of COVID-19.
House of Mercy – $10,000. Serves the City of Manassas and feeds 350 families per month. House of Mercy provides food, clothing, household items, and other necessities to their clients, and now need to purchase food to help with dwindling donations. They are seeing many new clients and anticipate a drastic increase in demand in the coming weeks and months.
Rx Partnership – $5,000. Rx Partnership provides medication for low income, uninsured individuals and families, serving 1,200 plus patients each year who receive more than 3,000 RxP prescriptions in Northern Virginia. During COVID-19, this support will enable Rx Partnership to provide medications to the Arlington Free Clinic, NovaScripts Central, the Loudoun Free Clinic, and the new Mother of Mercy site opening in Prince William County.
The House – $10,000. Serving children in Prince William County. The House is open Monday – Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., providing a safe place for low income children and youth who are no longer attending school. With social distancing, the House will accept 60 children and youth at once in their facility, or 10 cohorts of six kids each, during COVID-19. They also serve children in the Prince William County schools system with remote access for home work assistance and mentoring. Support will subsidize tuition assistance for their children.
From Eileen Ellsworth, President & CEO, Community Foundation of Northern Virginia:
This is a difficult moment. It is hard to see its meaning. More time will have to pass before we can make sense of it. But even with all the change, risk and uncertainty that the coronavirus has visited upon our lives, we are defined not by the crisisby . We are defined the way we have chosen to show up for one another in community. The Director General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, captured this exact sentiment when he said, “Let our shared humanity be the antidote to our shared threat.”
To each and every individual, corporate, and foundation donor to the Fund, all of whom are listed here on the Community Foundation’s website, please accept our deepest thanks and gratitude on behalf of the people of Northern Virginia. You are choosing to see our shared humanity, choosing to look at the suffering of our friends and neighbors, and you don’t turn away.
We encourage all who have the means and capacity at this time to please give generously if you can to the COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia. Your gift will be used to help our most vulnerable neighbors get through this.