ATLANTA – September 30, 2020 – The Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, a joint effort from Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta, today announces an open application process for nonprofit organizations to receive grant funding for pandemic response efforts. The Fund plans to issue $5.5 million in grants in the next 30 to 60 days, in addition to $18.4 million distributed to date.

Application eligibility requirements and materials are posted on United Way’s website via this link. Applications must be completed by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 9 and funding decisions will be announced on a rolling basis beginning mid-October, with updates on timing of additional grant announcements posted on the Community Foundation’s website here.

Grants will focus on nonprofits that address four priority areas of need: education, food security, housing and mental health. Further, the Fund actively seeks applications from organizations founded and/or led by Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) and organizations with annual budgets under $2 million that are responding to local needs. Applications should detail how nonprofits have served constituents during the pandemic, as well as each organization’s plans for how funding would be used in the next 90 days.

“We launched the COVID-19 Fund in mid-March when the significant challenges brought on by COVID-19 were just being felt in our region,” said Frank Fernandez, president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. “Our initial response was triage, directing funds to organizations that could scale a large response to critical needs such as food and childcare with broad geographic reach. We recognize that the region is still challenged and smaller nonprofits, especially, are well-positioned to serve harder-to-reach individuals and families in underserved communities.”

“Our grantmaking has been informed by a digital listening tool that revealed broad community needs, as well as through meetings with diverse nonprofit leaders representing Black, Latinx and other constituencies,” said Milton J. Little, Jr., president and CEO of United Way of Greater Atlanta. “Racial equity lies at the core of our collective work. We know that our Black neighbors have been harder hit by the pandemic and that we must continue to support nonprofits working directly in these communities.”

Representing a combined 185 years of serving our region, both United Way and the Community Foundation are committed to an equity agenda to support the emergence of a Greater Atlanta where every child, family and community has the resources and opportunities they need to thrive. When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit, school buildings closed down, businesses temporarily closed, arts and cultural performances shuttered and workers were laid off. When faced with these economic, health and social crises, the institutions partnered on a swift and significant financial response that continues with this additional funding.

Initial grants from the Fund were determined by a volunteer advisory committee and were focused on providing crucial services to high-risk audiences including seniors, families with children who normally receive free or reduced meals at school, front line workers and other families in need of childcare, homeowners and renters at risk for eviction and hourly/low-wage workers. As the pandemic continued to impact our region, funding priorities expanded  to respond to additional identified needs, feedback through the digital listening tool and outreach to area nonprofits. Subsequent grants focused on getting technology and connectivity to students across the region to enable distance learning, while further funding addressed emergency financial assistance for rent and utilities to keep people in their homes.

More than $18.4 million has been awarded from the Fund to more than 320 nonprofits in the region and are detailed on both the Community Foundation’s website and United Way’s website. A comprehensive timeline of the Fund that details how the Fund launched and evolved as funding priorities shifted for ongoing pandemic response can be found here.

The Fund was announced March 17 with Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta committing $1 million and United Way of Greater Atlanta contributing $500,000 to seed the Fund. As of today, commitments have been secured from The Coca-Cola Company and Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, each donating $5 million to the Fund in support. Other current funders include, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, The Goizueta Foundation, The Klump Family Foundation and Truist Foundation. A complete list of corporate, foundation and individual donors to the Fund can be found here.

Individuals and families impacted and in need of support can contact United Way of Greater Atlanta’s 2-1-1 Contact Center. Due to high call volumes, texting is the quickest way to get in touch with United Way 2-1-1. Text 211od to 898-211 to get a list of resources by zip code. The 2-1-1 database is another quick way to find resources during this time of increased call volume. 2-1-1 is a valuable resource that is available 24-hours and 7 days-a-week.

Individuals who wish to contribute to supporting our region’s neighbors who need help  can donate to the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund here. The Community Foundation will continue to update details for donors and nonprofits through its blog and via social media via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. To view updates from United Way of Greater Atlanta, click here or follow on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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About the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Since 1951, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has been leading and inspiring philanthropy to increase the vitality of our region and the well-being of all residents. With nearly 70 years serving the 23-county Atlanta region and a robust team of experts, the Community Foundation expands its philanthropic reach and impact by providing quality services to donors and bold, innovative community leadership. The Community Foundation is a top-20 community foundation among 750 nationally, with approximately $1.2 billion in current assets, and is Georgia’s second largest foundation. For more information, visit: cfgreateratlanta.org or connect with the Foundation on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

About United Way of Greater Atlanta

United Way of Greater Atlanta, the largest United Way in the nation, focuses on ensuring that every child in Atlanta has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. The organization invests in more than 200 programs in 13 counties through the Child Well-Being Impact Fund and works to help children succeed in school, improve financial stability of families, provide affordable and accessible healthcare and end homelessness. For more information, visit: unitedwayatlanta.org or Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Media Contacts:

For United Way United Way of Greater Atlanta

Chad Parker, 404.358.5055

cparker@unitedwayatlanta.org

There’s eight weeks until the General Election, and in the state of Georgia, you are eligible to vote by mail as long as you are a registered voter. You can request an absentee ballot, and as long as you make sure to have your ballot filled out and submitted either by drop off, or as specified by each of the 13 counties in our Greater Atlanta region, then your vote will be counted.

Below, we have included links to each of the 13 counties in our coverage region and where you can find additional information about drop-off locations and how to submit these ballots.

  • Fulton County
  • Cobb County
  • DeKalb County
  • Gwinnett County
  • Henry County — Scroll down the page to the “Henry County Voting Information” header and select the “Absentee” tab for additional information.
  • Butts County — The Butts County Administration Building is located at 625 West Third Street, Jackson, Georgia 30233
  • Coweta County
  • Clayton County — You can fill out an absentee form and print and sign absentee ballot and mail to Clayton County Elections & Registration at 121 S. McDonough St. Jonesboro, Georgia 30236. If you have additional questions, email elections@claytoncountyga.gov.
  • Paulding County — To submit an absentee ballot application via email, please use the following address: absenteerequest@paulding.gov.
  • Douglas County
  • Cherokee County — Drop off your application at the “County Registrar’s Office” in Cherokee County, which is located at 2782 Marietta Hwy., Suite 100, Canton, Georgia 30114.
  • Fayette County — Follow this link for information about voting by absentee ballot in Fayette County.
  • Rockdale County — Ballots may be returned by USPS Mail or Express delivery, or to “Office Drop Box.” You can send absentee ballots to the Board of Elections and Voter Registration, 1261 Commercial Dr. SW., Suite B, Conyers, Georgia 30094. For additional questions, contact the office at 770-278-7333 or by email at absentee@rockdalecountyga.gov.

A man had his hours cut at work—from eight hours a day down to three—because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Finally, his employer told him that they would have to let him go. There was only one thought on his mind, though: how was he going to pay for his rent and take care of his family?

He says a friend told him to reach out to Inspiritus because they were assisting people who had also lost their job.

“When I called Inspiritus to ask for help, I got one month rent for my home,” he says. “I was under stress financially and mentally. The one-month rent assistance gives me so much support because I know everyone is desperately in need.”

There are many in Greater Atlanta who are “desperately in need” right now. Inspiritus is a nonprofit organization focused on guiding people who have “experienced disruption” back on the path from simply surviving to a position where they can thrive.

Calling the pandemic outbreak of the novel coronavirus a “disruption” is an extreme understatement.

About two weeks into March, major cities across the country began shutting down businesses, restaurants, gyms and schools in an attempt to stem the spread of the coronavirus. As of Aug. 24, COVID-19, which is a respiratory illness with symptoms such as cough, fever and in severe cases, difficulty breathing, has infected more than 5.6 million people nationwide and killed more than 176,000.

This is more than just a health crisis. There are families in Greater Atlanta who are feeling the economic impact, too.

“The families that COVID has disproportionately hit have been the low-income families and people of color,” says Sarah Burke, Development Associate for Inspiritus.

Inspiritus provides services to a large refugee and immigrant population. They provide financial advisement, disability services, disaster relief and they also have a career center to help connect clients to employment. Inspiritus delivers basic needs, safety, community integration and self-sufficiency programs and services to help individuals and families achieve a “thriving life.”

Things have changed in the past six months, though. They have also been connecting families with food banks and making sure children and their parents are receiving EBT relief, Burke says.

“We want to make sure parents know what resources are available to them, their rights and that they have a strong liaison to the community between the resources and their family,” Burke says.

But many of the requests for help have come in the form of rental assistance, Burke says. Many people who apply for help have lost their jobs because of COVID-19, they’ve been furloughed or laid off or have had to take up to two weeks off because of exposure to the virus and have missed a paycheck.

“We have teams that can help them find jobs,” Burke says. “For many, this is one-time relief and the goal is that they can return to work if they’ve had COVID or, if they’ve lost their job, they can come to our staff and find a new job. They need to make sure they don’t fall behind on rent because of an interruption in their employment or income, and they need to make sure they aren’t evicted because of COVID.”

According to the Aspen Institute, if current conditions do not change, 29-45 percent of renter households in Georgia could be at risk of eviction by the end of the year.

Organizations like Inspiritus are crucial, but so is the funding it takes to provide these services.

Inspiritus was one of the most recent recipients of grant funds made possible through the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, a joint effort from United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

On Aug. 11, United Way and Community Foundation announced the seventh round of grants for the COVID-19 response. Inspiritus received $100,000 to meet the increased demand for financial assistance in its multi-county area.

The seventh round of grants totaled roughly $1.13 million and targeted emergency financial assistance for housing-related costs. The grants went to 10 organizations in response to the region’s needs resulting from COVID-19.

Inspiritus has been a longstanding partner with United Way prior to COVID-19 and has supported the organization’s work with children and families and its refugee and immigrants services — you can learn more about Inspiritus and their work at www.weinspirit.org.

The past few months have been difficult, but Burke says it has shown how strong Inspiritus’ team is and just how important collaborations with organizations like United Way and Community Foundation can be.

She says the staff miss having that firsthand, heart-to-heart connection with those families they help.

“It’s hard—hard is not even the right word,” she says. “It’s had a strong, emotional impact on our staff and the clients to not be able to sit with them, but our leadership team has done a phenomenal job of trying to improve morale.

“Our team is incredible, they work so hard and care so strongly about the people that they are serving.”

To help those in need, donate to the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. If you would like to empower communities of color in Greater Atlanta impacted by decades of systemic barriers and disinvestment, donate to the United for Racial Equity and Healing Fund.

You can also ensure that all children in Greater Atlanta have access to the same resources and opportunities by donating to the Child Well-Being Impact Fund.

David was experiencing shortness of breath.

As an undocumented American, he was afraid to leave for the hospital and afraid to leave his family alone—so he called the Latino Community Fund of Georgia.

He was desperate, and he thought this could be one of the last phone calls he ever made. He needed it to count.

His eight family members, all undocumented, were living in an apartment together. David wanted to make sure his family was supported and taken care of in case he died.

A representative with the Latino Community Fund reached out to the Grady Health System for a health professional who specializes in assisting undocumented clients like David. Over the course of two conversations, the health professional encouraged David to seek treatment. David survived his bout with the coronavirus, but he had been left with an $81,000 bill.

Now, the Latino Community Fund is working with him to understand and negotiate his expenses and help as he and his family move on from this.

The Latino Community Fund was one of the most recent recipients of grant funds made possible through the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, a joint effort from United Way of Greater Atlanta and Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

On Aug. 11, United Way and Community Foundation announced the seventh round of grants for the COVID-19 response. Latino Community Fund received $200,000 to provide emergency financial assistance for Latinx communities throughout Greater Atlanta.

The seventh round of grants totaled roughly $1.13 million and targeted emergency financial assistance for housing-related costs. The grants went to 10 organizations in response to the region’s needs as a result of COVID-19.

About two weeks into March, major cities across the country began shutting down restaurants, bars, gyms and schools in an attempt to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. As of Aug. 13, COVID-19, which is a respiratory illness with symptoms such as cough, fever and in severe cases, difficulty breathing, has infected more than 5 million people nationwide and killed more than 165,000.

This seventh round of grant funding from United Way and Community Foundation allows organizations to provide emergency financial assistance in response to this crisis for a period of up to four and a half months.

Nine of the grants provided emergency financial assistance and legal support to combat evictions for some of our most vulnerable, low-income populations — undocumented and immigrant families with children, families who may face threats from domestic violence, families who live in extended stay motels and families without formal leases.

David’s employer has not hired him back, and he currently has no job to provide for his family. There are many other stories like his around Greater Atlanta.

To help those in need, donate to the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. If you would like to empower communities of color in Greater Atlanta impacted by decades of systemic barriers and disinvestment, donate to the United for Racial Equity and Healing Fund.

You can also ensure that all children in Greater Atlanta have access to the same resources and opportunities by donating to the Child Well-Being Impact Fund.

ATLANTA – August 11, 2020 – The Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, a joint effort from Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta, today announces the Fund’s seventh round of grants targeted to emergency financial assistance for housing-related costs. To date, the Fund has raised more than $25 million through collective resources. Since the Fund was announced in March, the two organizations have together identified the areas of greatest need and the most vulnerable populations to determine where to deliver funds.

This seventh round of grants total $1.125 million and will be distributed to 10 organizations in response to the region’s needs as a result of COVID-19. A grand total of more than $18.425 million from the Fund has been mobilized to benefit 321 nonprofits thus far. A full listing of today’s grants is detailed below. These, as well as those made in the earlier rounds, are listed on both the Community Foundation’s website and United Way’s website.

Individuals who wish to contribute to supporting our region’s nonprofits can donate to the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund here. Support funds will be released on a rolling basis throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis.

The seventh round of grants will allow the grantee organizations to provide funding for emergency financial (rent and utilities) assistance in response to the COVID-19 crisis for a period of up to 4.5 months. Research indicated that each of the organizations has the ability to meet high demand for emergency financial assistance and strong track record of effectively serving the most vulnerable people in our region across a wide geographic scope. Nine of the grants will provide emergency financial assistance and legal support to combat evictions for some of our most vulnerable, low-income populations. These populations include undocumented and immigrant families with children, families who face threats from domestic violence, families who live in extended stay motels and families without formal leases.  The 10th grant will expand COVID-19 testing in low-income and high-risk communities.

According to the Aspen Institute, multiple studies have quantified the effect of COVID-19-related job loss and economic hardship on renters’ ability to pay rent during the pandemic. While methodologies differ, these analyses converge on a dire prediction: If conditions do not change, 29-45% of renter households in Georgia could be at risk of eviction by the end of the year.1

Steps for applying for the next round of grants will be released on September 1. In order to respond to the quickly shifting needs of our community, the Fund is committed to funding emergent needs through additional rounds of funding as well. Details will be posted here.

Today’s grant recipients and grant amounts are:

Georgia ACT (Advancing Communities Together) – $75,000 to provide emergency financial assistance and eviction relief in its multi-county service area.

Georgia Legal Services Program – $100,000 to support and meet the increased demand for emergency financial assistance, eviction filings and legal representation in the region.

Inspiritus (formerly Lutheran Services of Georgia) – $100,000 to meet the increased demand for emergency financial assistance in its multi-county service area.

Latin American Association – $150,000 to meet the increased demand for emergency financial assistance in its service area.

Latino Community Fund – $200,000 to provide emergency financial assistance for Latinx communities throughout Greater Atlanta in partnership with grassroots Latinx organizations.

St. Vincent DePaul Georgia – $100,000 to meet the increased demand for emergency financial assistance in the region.

Ser Familia – $150,000 to meet the increased demand for emergency financial assistance.

Single Parent Alliance and Resource Center (SPARC) – $100,000 to meet the increased demand for emergency financial assistance and rehousing services.

Star C – $100,000 to support emergency financial assistance, housing and eviction relief.

United 2 Live – $50,000 to provide increased testing and testing support services to meet the needs of hard to reach populations in low-income communities.

The Fund was announced March 17 with Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta committing $1 million and United Way of Greater Atlanta contributing $500,000 to seed the Fund. Significant contributions to the fund have come from organizations including the Coca-Cola Company, Robert W. Woodruff Foundation and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, each donating $5 million to the Fund in support. Other current funders include the City of Atlanta, The Goizueta Foundation, The Klump Family Foundation and Truist Foundation, contributing $1 million each. A complete list of corporate, foundation and individual donors that gave $25,000 or more to the Fund can be found here.

Individuals and families impacted and in need of support can contact United Way of Greater Atlanta’s 2-1-1 Contact Center. Due to high call volumes, texting is the quickest way to get in touch with United Way 2-1-1. Text “211od” to 898-211 to get a list of resources by zip code. The 2-1-1 database is another quick way to find resources during this time of increased call volume. 2-1-1 is a valuable resource that is available 24-hours and 7 days-a-week.

The Community Foundation will continue to update details for donors and nonprofits through its blog and via social media via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. To view updates from United Way of Greater Atlanta, click here or follow on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter.

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About United Way of Greater Atlanta

United Way of Greater Atlanta, the largest United Way chapter in the nation, focuses on ensuring that every child in Atlanta has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. The organization invests in more than 200 programs in 13 counties through the Child Well-Being Impact Fund and works to help children succeed in school, improve financial stability of families, provide affordable and accessible healthcare and end homelessness. For more information, visit: unitedwayatlanta.org or Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

 

About the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Since 1951, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has been leading and inspiring philanthropy to increase the vitality of our region and the well-being of all residents. With nearly 70 years serving the 23-county Atlanta region and a robust team of experts, the Community Foundation expands its philanthropic reach and impact by providing quality services to donors and bold, innovative community leadership. The Community Foundation is a top-20 community foundation among 750 nationally, with approximately $1.2 billion in current assets, and is Georgia’s second largest foundation. For more information, visit: cfgreateratlanta.org or connect with the Foundation via Facebook LinkedIn and Twitter.

 

There’s no denying the tremendous impact COVID-19 has had on residents in Greater Atlanta — particularly those who are food insecure.

The pandemic outbreak of the novel coronavirus only amplified that need in underserved communities, disrupting access to food for thousands of children and their families.

This past week, United Way of Greater Atlanta, in partnership with Coca-Cola, hosted a Week of Service to meet the needs of those residents most greatly impacted by COVID-19.

About two weeks into March, major cities around the country began shutting down any non-essential businesses in an attempt to stem the spread of the coronavirus, an infectious disease, which is a respiratory illness with symptoms such as cough, fever, and in severe cases, difficulty breathing.

United Way had previously halted in-person events and volunteer opportunities but began offering safe and socially-distanced on-site volunteer events, as well as virtual and DIY opportunities in the months since Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp rolled back restrictions on a previous “shelter-in-place” order.

This is a new way that United Way has begun to meet the needs of the community while also making sure volunteers have opportunities available based on their comfort level.

“We are in constant communication with our partners on their needs and filling in as they arise,” says Brittany Phouangphet, Engagement Specialist in the Volunteerism Department for United Way. “Projects can also be tailored to specific groups and their unique set of skills. As a valued partner of United Way for over a century, Coca-Cola engages volunteers annually. This Week of Service was a special call to action, designed to address the impact of COVID-19 on the growing issue of food insecurity in Greater Atlanta.”

Over the past week, volunteers assembled more than 1,000 meals, harvested fresh veggies and performed garden maintenance for local gardens that deliver to food banks around Greater Atlanta and also implemented an emergency operation in conjunction with the Westside Future Fund to help feed families in historic Westside of Atlanta — an area that is growing rapidly, but still has great need, Phouangphet says.

“We are seeing overwhelming enthusiasm from our volunteers, whether it is a DIY project to complete at home, or a small group on-site event that has proper safety measures, volunteers are more eager than ever to help ensure our community thrives,” Phouangphet says. “The current climate has influenced us to increase our offering of virtual and remote opportunities; ensuring both the safety of our volunteers and meeting the needs of our communities.”

Learn more about how you can volunteer in your area and donate to improve the well-being of children and families in Greater Atlanta.

Rarely is toilet paper ever something you give much thought to—until you’re out of it, that is.

We are, as a country, facing an unprecedented crisis. The pandemic outbreak of the novel coronavirus has forced much of the world into an at least semi-quarantined state, and one of the most unlikely outcomes of that has been a nationwide shortage of toilet paper on the shelves at retail and grocery stores.

But one company has teamed up with United Way Worldwide to make sure there’s plenty to go around, and that there’s no shortness of kindness in this difficult time.

“Since all of this started, toilet paper has become top of mind for a lot of consumers, and as a national toilet paper brand, and one of the leading makers of toilet paper, we knew we were in a unique position to make a difference,” says Ken Champa, senior brand manager for Cottonelle, a product owned by Kimberly-Clark Corporation. “We sat down and thought about how we could make a difference and a partnership with United Way was a no-brainer as Kimberly-Clark and United Way have had a long-standing relationship for 65 years.”

So, this plan to help was three-fold—three-ply, if you will. Cottonelle was in a unique position to get these products into people’s hands.

They started with a donation on behalf of the brand of $1 million dollars to United Way Worldwide’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, and the organization would put those funds to use all over the country addressing the health and economic crisis in communities.

The second element was a donation of 1 million rolls of toilet paper, and the third part was a promise to donate $1 for every example of toilet paper sharing posted to social media using the hashtag #ShareASquare, through June 1, up to $100,000.

“#ShareASquare has driven a lot of great engagement,” Champa says. “We’ve seen thousands of posts across the country and we are doing all we can to make as much of an impact as safely as we can. And in all of that work, we decided to make this donation- we knew this was the right thing to do so that we could maximize help for others.”

About two weeks into March, major cities across the country began shutting down restaurants, bars, gyms and schools in an attempt to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. As of May 12, the infectious disease, COVID-19, which is a respiratory illness with symptoms such as cough, fever and in severe cases, difficulty breathing, has infected more than 1.34 million people nationwide and killed more than 80,000. 

Businesses shut down in Atlanta and its surrounding communities, and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on March 24 issued a “stay-at-home” order.

Social distancing guidelines were encouraged at the federal, state and local levels. On Wednesday, April 8, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp extended a statewide shelter-in-place order to roll on through the month of April, but he announced plans two weeks later to begin rolling back those orders to begin re-opening certain businesses previously deemed “nonessential.”

As Georgia began to feel the impact of this economic shutdown, local nonprofits were being called on for additional help, and when UWW set out to distribute the toilet paper rolls from Cottonelle, United Way of Greater Atlanta was one of the first set to receive the gift.

Cottonelle shared more than a square with Greater Atlanta, though. United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Gifts-In-Kind warehouse is set to receive more than 50,000 rolls to distribute to local nonprofits in the coming months.

“We have the room here for pallets and pallets of toilet paper,” says GIK Facility Manager Ann Daane says. “Everybody is asking for toilet paper, and these are critical, especially for a lot of families that aren’t financially secure—they are coping with having children at home and all of the issues for those families and economic issues, food security, housing and now tissue issues on top of that.”

Daane says the first truckload came in around 9 a.m. the week of April 1, and she expects more shipments in the coming weeks.

“This is a great way for Kimberly-Clark to make an impact on communities in ways that people will definitely appreciate,” Daane says.

Champa says the #ShareASquare campaign has shown just how much a gift like this can affect a person’s life.

“It’s been really cool to see real-life impact and families sharing with children, friends, neighbors and strangers,” he says.

If you would like to make a difference in the lives of those across Georgia who are feeling the impact of this economic and health crisis, donate today to the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund and provide resources and supports for nonprofits across the Greater Atlanta region and state of Georgia.

Think of a child in the Fulton County School System. He’s in fourth grade, in a few years, he’ll be in middle school and before you know it, he’ll be walking across the stage with diploma in hand.

This little boy’s life hasn’t always been the easiest—his mother had difficulty keeping a full-time job until she started driving for Uber. They’ve both been living in motel rooms and temporary housing this year. Life is a struggle, but there’s enough to live on for now. Things are OK, and at least one thing has been a constant for this little boy through it all.

Each morning, he wakes up and goes to school. He may not have the same access to resources as his classmates or other children living in neighboring zip codes, but he gets the same opportunity for a quality education. This is his normal, the life he’s come to expect.

Life changed for this child on March 9, though, when it was announced a teacher in the Fulton County School System had confirmed they were infected with COVID-19. In the coming days, school systems were ordered to be closed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, shelter-in-place orders were enforced by state and local officials and children across the state were forced to stay at home.

But that created a whole new set of problems. It has been hard to get in touch with families, not all children had access to computers or the internet, parents lost jobs or had hours cut back tremendously, access to groceries, transportation and housing needs were pushed to the forefront—there were mental health issues to address, as well.

“We’ve always had these needs,” says Chelsea Montgomery, executive director of Counseling, Psychological and Social Work Services for Fulton County Schools. “COVID urgently increased our need for basic resources, and money would be critical. It’s expensive to get families in hotels.”

“We did a good job of making school meals accessible, but transportation was a challenge. Now we’re starting to see a lot more need for housing and support for COVID-related trauma.”

There are currently more than 1,300 students in the Fulton County School System who are homeless, Montgomery says. Those students and their families are spread throughout the county and are not just limited to one region.

While issues like these have always been apparent in Fulton County, the pandemic outbreak of the novel coronavirus and the forced shutdown of many businesses across Greater Atlanta have only exacerbated these problems. As of May 11, the infectious disease, COVID-19, which is a respiratory illness with symptoms such as cough, fever and in severe cases, difficulty breathing, has infected more than 1.3 million and killed more than 78,000 people across the United States.

As schools shut down, Montgomery says her team of social workers began hearing from homeless children, foster families and other at-risk children of their specific needs. She said there wasn’t yet a way to fulfill them. They had to act quickly.

“The school Social Workers are in constant contact with families, and so are all of our Student Support Staff,” Montgomery says. “They have been checking in with families each week, and as those needs come up, the [School Social Workers] complete a request form, we have our internal reviewers take a look at those requests and we meet them.”

Montgomery was able to turn to Graham Huff with the Fulton Education Foundation to help provide funds and access for these families that needed it.

The Fulton Education Foundation was established to partner with the community to address the physical, emotional, academic and enrichment needs of all students. They have provided College and Career services, after-school programs, mental health services, early education opportunities and scholarships.

But this pandemic presented new challenges. Huff knew the need in Fulton County was great, and he leveraged previous relationships with contacts at United Way of Greater Atlanta and Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta to apply for money through the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

The Fulton Education Foundation was awarded grants totaling $300,000 to contribute to the costs of housing, food, transportation and therapy for students presenting the greatest needs.

“We’ve placed 36 families so far, and we’ve helped them with some rent coverage,” Huff said May 11. “We’re also helping them with hygiene supplies and mental health services. We’ve put together a great committee, and we’re doing a great job for accountability.”

Huff, who has been the President and CEO of the Fulton Education Foundation for just “over a year,” said the foundation has looked at this as a “bottom-up approach,” working to provide homeless families a place to stay first, and then pre-loaded gift cards that can be used to purchase grocery items or to pay for transportation.

This was the first funding Huff had received from both United Way and Community Foundation, he says.

“We’ve really tried to implement best practices and set the standards for this type of support system,” Huff says. “We’ve been able to put more toward support of students this year than the previous 10 years combined—we’ve received large gifts even beyond this COVID-19 grant.”

Montgomery says her school system was “bombarded” with families in need once this pandemic struck.

“We were preparing, but it happened really quickly,” she says. “We didn’t have good, safe, quick solutions.

“But Graham came and said, ‘What are your challenges?’ I got with our lead team and said, ‘This is what we need.’”

These funds provided by United Way and Community Foundation gave Montgomery, her team and families in Fulton County one vitally important thing: hope.

That’s been invaluable during this time.

“It’s really nice for my staff to know that when we talk to these families, we have a solution,” Montgomery says. “Not only is it amazing for our families, but our morale has been better. It’s incredible to know there’s not a lot of red tape or rules and that we can just provide help, and fast. It’s exactly what our families needed.”

If you would like to help more children and families across Georgia, give to United Way of Greater Atlanta and Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

ATLANTA – May 8, 2020 – The Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, a joint effort from Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta, today announces the Fund’s sixth round of grants. To date, the Fund has raised more than $25 million through collective resources. The two organizations have together identified the areas of greatest need and the most vulnerable populations to determine where to deliver funds.

This sixth round of grants total $5.3 million and will be distributed to 245 organizations in response to the region’s needs as a result of COVID-19. A grand total of more than $17.3 million from the Fund has been mobilized to benefit 320 nonprofits thus far. A full listing of today’s grants are detailed below. These, as well as those made in the earlier rounds, are listed on both the Community Foundation’s website and United Way’s website

Individuals who wish to contribute to supporting our region’s nonprofits can donate to the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund here. Support funds will be released on a rolling basis throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis. 

During an open, public application process in April, more than 650 nonprofit organizations requested funding and today 245 are receiving grants. The grant review committee placed strong consideration on racial and gender equity in their decisions. Geographic spread and the ability to reach underserved communities and neighborhoods with vital support were also among the considerations.

Grant awards were also informed by a digital listening tool which captured input from more than 300 organizations. Multiple themes have emerged depicting nonprofit experiences: 

  • Increase in service requests and new clients requesting assistance
  • Loss of revenue, fees for service and donations
  • Loss of volunteer assistance due to shelter-in-place orders
  • Moving work and services to digital platforms such as telehealth, leading to added technology needs and training
  • Supply shortages for staff, clients and distribution (cleaning supplies, food, household paper products, personal protective equipment/PPE)

 

Grants are given to nonprofits for general operating support, allowing the receiving organization to direct funds to where they are most needed as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding priority areas include childcare, education, emergency financial assistance, food security, health, housing and small business support. Prevailing needs in each of these areas are:

Childcare ($315,500 in total grants this round)

Many childcare centers have had to close, putting financial burdens on facility owners and creating fewer options for frontline healthcare professionals and first responders. Cost and accessibility to quality childcare were issues for families before COVID-19, exacerbated now by the pandemic. Funds help early childhood centers remain open with new safety standards and centers that are providing virtual learning opportunities and family supports. 

Education ($957,050 in total grants this round)

With schools closed, over 344,000 students in our region do not have access to the support needed for learning. Grants include educational support provisions and fill gaps in digital/online access, meals and mental health supports.

Emergency Financial Assistance ($990,000 in total grants this round)

The immediate loss of income for thousands of individuals and families has depleted or eliminated any savings for emergency needs, especially for hourly, service industry and gig workers. Grants will support an increased need for emergency financial assistance that ranges from rent and utility assistance to diapers, cleaning supplies and medications.

Food Security ($965,000 in total grants this round)

COVID-19 has disrupted the system of food access for hundreds of thousands of individuals and families, especially seniors, students and the homeless population. Grants for this area will address the exponential increase in demand for food at area pantries and food distribution sites and innovation in delivery options to replace volunteers that can’t be used for safety reasons.

Health ($918,575 in total grants this round)

The health safety net has experienced significant reductions in services. Most school-based clinics and some community-based centers have closed and others have faced lost revenue with declining patient volume. Charitable clinics are reporting increasing numbers due to people losing healthcare related to loss of jobs and not having other options for affordable care. Specific areas of need include access to care, behavioral health, chronic health specialty organizations, maternal and child care and services for people with disabilities.

Housing ($695,000 in total grants this round)

With unprecedented job loss and reduced hours, low-income renters are now challenged to afford their rent. There will be a growing number of unhoused and displaced persons, especially of low-income people of color and young adults. Grants for this area focus on legal support for people at risk of losing housing, basic needs to address housing stability and safety, providing stable housing for people experiencing homelessness and support for people living in residential facilities facing increased needs.

Small Business Support ($495,000 in total grants this round)

Many small business owners have not had access to Paycheck Protection Program loans from the federal government. It is estimated that up to 72% of small businesses will not survive if the crisis extends 4 months or longer. The largest grants are going to organizations that provide direct support for small business owners of color, which have historically had less access to capital, and are significantly less likely to obtain bank funds as white business owners. 

 

Today’s grant recipients are (individual grant amounts are available here): 

 

  1. 180 Your Grief, Inc. DBA Widow Strong – to cover costs for modified operations and increased demand for services. 
  2. 21st Century Leaders – to support an immersive leadership development experience.
  3. 3D Girls, Inc. – to support basic needs for babies and new mothers.
  4. Acceptance Recovery Center – to support emergency housing and emergency financial assistance to cover program fees.
  5. Agape Youth & Family Center – to provide emergency financial assistance for families experiencing loss of jobs, furloughs or reduced work hours.
  6. Agnes Scott College – for emergency financial assistance, technology supports and internet connectivity for students without access. 
  7. Anchor of Hope, Inc. – to provide basic needs and emergency financial assistance to immigrant families in service industries experiencing loss of jobs.
  8. Artportunity Knocks – to support an online academy focused on science, technology, engineering, art and math.
  9. Asian Americans Advancing Justice – to provide culturally-appropriate information, service provision and advocacy for immigrant populations with highly increased risks to health and safety.
  10. Atlanta Association For Convalescent Aged Persons Inc. dba Sadie G. Mays Health & Rehabilitation Center – to cover the increased costs for additional treatment equipment, cleaning supplies and PPE to continue serving high risk patients.
  11. Atlanta Birth Center – to provide increased services and support for pregnant mothers, partners and midwives at its center reducing the exposure risks for mothers, babies and their families.
  12. Atlanta Cancer Care Foundation, Inc. – to provide direct payment of bills or gift cards for food or gas.
  13. Atlanta CARES Mentoring Movement, LLC. – to provide laptops and increased case management for parents of children who’ve interacted with the juvenile justice system.
  14. Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation, Inc. – to support the physical health, safety and mental health needs of the 1,100 firefighters serving the city of Atlanta.
  15. Atlanta GLOW (Fiscal Agent – Women’s Nonprofit Alliance) – to provide emergency financial assistance for food, medicine and other basic needs.
  16. Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, Inc – to cover the costs of virtual case management, grocery cards for 40 families and meal distribution for 160 people monthly.
  17. Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. – to support costs of continued advocacy on behalf of its clients in danger of losing housing due to COVID-19. 
  18. The Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam – to cover costs of delivering weekly halal meals to 500 seniors in East Atlanta.
  19. Atlanta Mission – to address needs of people being sheltered at the Mission.
  20. Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership – to cover costs that address housing needs, basic needs and information on COVID-19. 
  21. ATLFAMILYMEAL, Inc. – to cover the costs of repurposing restaurant industry resources to feed and support industry workers.
  22. Auditory-Verbal Center, Inc. – to provide teletherapy for low-income infants, children, adults and their families with auditory and verbal disabilities due to hearing loss.
  23. Bald Ridge Lodge, Inc. – to provide for increased staffing, supplies and services for the residents of Bald Ridge Lodge.
  24. Bearings Bike Shop – to cover costs of new food delivery services for its clients.
  25. Behavioral Health of Georgia (Fiscal Agent – View Point Health) – to provide shelter for patients requiring self-quarantine and establishing telehealth services for current and new clients.
  26. BEN HILL UMC, INC – for emergency financial assistance, food and childcare support.
  27. Bethany Christian Services of Georgia – to support emergency basic needs for children in foster care.
  28. Bethesda Community Clinic – to support telehealth service provision and COVID-19 testing.
  29. Black Alliance for Just Immigration – to provide emergency financial assistance, communications technology and language services for Black immigrants.
  30. Black Child Development Institute – to provide virtual programming to support parents of young children, childcare providers and elementary educators.
  31. Bobby Dodd Institute – to provide equipment and materials for connectivity and telehealth support to prevent isolationism amongst their clients.
  32. The Boyce L. Ansley School – for tablets, learning packets, food, transportation and virtual support for homeless students and their families.
  33. Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta – for family support, virtual programming for youth, laptops and food.
  34. Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia – to provide virtual programming like STEM, outdoor, reading and craft activities and to provide learning kits.
  35. Boys & Girls Clubs of North Georgia – for virtual programming and learning kits.
  36. Bread of Life Development Ministries, Inc. – to continue providing food to children 18 years and younger, and adults with disabilities.
  37. Breakthrough Atlanta (Fiscal agent – The Lovett School)- to provide virtual summer programming, weekly meal boxes and case management.
  38. Bright Futures Atlanta – in response to the transition to online programming, providing laptops and internet access, food and emergency services.
  39. Brown Toy Box (Fiscal Agent – Science Atl, Inc.) – to provide grade level science, engineering, art and math kits and digital content. 
  40. Buckhead Christian Ministry – to provide emergency financial assistance.
  41. Butts County Life Enrichment Team – to provide books and food for families.
  42. C4 Atlanta Inc. – to provide emergency financial assistance for artists.
  43. Caminar Latino, Inc. – to provide an array of services and support to families facing increased stress and violence due to COVID-19.
  44. Captain Planet Foundation – to cover costs of planting urban gardens in Atlanta area schools.
  45. CaringWorks, Inc. – to continue providing supportive housing to more than 1,000 individuals and families experiencing physical health conditions that increase their risks of contracting and succumbing to COVID-19.
  46. Carrie Steele Pitts Home – for increased costs associated with providing housing and support for youth who are in foster care or have aged out.
  47. CAYA Reconciliation Ministries – to cover costs for modified operations and increased demand for services.
  48. Center for Black Women’s Wellness – to cover the costs of extending existing patient care plans, providing additional therapeutic supports, establishing a telehealth system (equipment purchase, training, outreach, etc.) and providing infant and mother care kits.
  49. The Center for Children & Young Adults – for increased staffing to meet the needs of homeless youth.
  50. Center for Civic Innovation – to provide emergency financial assistance, coaching, strategic guidance and resource connections for entrepreneurs.
  51. Central Outreach and Advocacy Center – for transportation, identification needs and referrals to food.
  52. Cherokee Family Violence Center, Inc. – to provide emergency shelter to victims of domestic violence.
  53. City of Refuge, Inc. – to continue providing a broad range of support for vulnerable residents of Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods.
  54. Clarkston Community Center Foundation, Inc. – to cover costs of providing food to seniors and increased pantry hours.
  55. Clarkston Development Foundation – CDF Action, Inc. – for continued support to the refugee community for early learning and census completion in a priority community.
  56. Closer Look Ministries, Inc. – for subsidized childcare for essential workers, learning materials for children at home and to provide meals.
  57. Cobb Community Foundation, Inc. – to support the Cobb COVID-19 Community Response Fund.
  58. Cobbs School Foundation – for technology devices and development to address remediation needs for instruction. 
  59. College AIM, Inc. – to provide virtual support for college and financial aid counseling, tutoring, career coaches and emergency needs.
  60. College Park Main Street Association Inc. – to provide bridge funding for small businesses in south Fulton.
  61. Communities In Schools of Georgia in Marietta/Cobb County – to provide technology supports and emergency assistance.
  62. Community Action for Improvement – for emergency financial assistance.
  63. Community Advanced Practice Nurses, Inc. – to provide for increased safety for staff and patients, deep cleaning of the facility and COVID-19 testing.
  64. Community Farmers Markets Inc (CFM) –  to cover costs of virtual farmers’ markets and matching benefits of SNAP/EBT with eligible customers.
  65. Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia – to support their localized Coronavirus Relief Fund.
  66. Community Friendship, Inc. – for shelter, emergency financial assistance and food for people experiencing homelessness.
  67. Community Guilds Inc. – for science, technology, engineering, art and math kits for youth.
  68. Community Movement Builders – to cover costs for modified operations and increased demand for services.
  69. Community Outreach in Action, Inc. – to cover costs for modified operations and increased demand for services in Clayton, Fayette, Fulton and Henry counties.
  70. Concrete Jungle – to cover costs for modified operations and increased demand for services.
  71. Connecting Henry, Inc. – for food and emergency financial assistance.
  72. Cool Girls, Inc. – to provide emergency financial assistance for families.
  73. Covenant House Georgia, Inc. – for increased on-site programming due to the shelter in place order and social distancing guidelines.
  74. Coweta Samaritan Clinic – to cover the costs of modifying programs and providing additional services and support to patients with chronic medical conditions.
  75. Create Your Dreams – to provide emergency financial assistance for families experiencing unemployment.
  76. Crossroads Community Ministries – to continue providing services to people experiencing homelessness. 
  77. CURE Childhood Cancer – for emergency financial assistance to families for housing costs.
  78. The Davis Direction Foundation – to cover costs of its new food delivery services and other services for people experiencing homelessness.
  79. Decatur Area Emergency Assistance Ministry – for emergency financial assistance.
  80. DeKalb County School District (Fiscal Agent – Georgia United Foundation) – to support online instruction through technology devices.
  81. DeKalb Library Foundation – for hotspot access, virtual story time and education programs.
  82. Diabetes Association of Atlanta – to increase access to effective healthcare and resources for people with increased risks related to COVID-19.
  83. Duluth Cooperative Ministries – to cover increases of up to 18-times their normal service levels.
  84. East Atlanta Kids Club, Inc. – to cover costs for modified operations and increased demand for services.
  85. East Lake Foundation, Inc. – to provide emergency financial assistance, food and childcare.
  86. The Edge Connection – for education, coaching and mentoring for business owners and entrepreneurs.
  87. ELEVATE Coweta Students – for food distribution and resource referral services in response to COVID-19.
  88. Emmaus House – to provide emergency financial assistance.
  89. Essential2Life, Inc. – for online learning devices for tutoring and mentoring services.
  90. Ethne Health – to provide low-cost and no-cost COVID-19 testing, and culturally appropriate information to refugees in Clarkston.
  91. Families First – for additional service provision for increased numbers of seniors and low-income residents of Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods.
  92. Family Patterns Matter – for food for families without transportation, virtual tutoring and mental health resources.
  93. Family Promise of Hall County – to provide emergency financial assistance, food and diapers to families.
  94. Family Support Circle – to cover costs of a new food delivery service for their clients. 
  95. Fayette County Council on Domestic Violence DBA Promise Place – to provide emergency shelter, a 24-hour emergency hotline, legal advocacy, weekly support groups, relocation and financial assistance, crisis counseling and safety planning for women and children escaping domestic violence.
  96. Fill Ministries Inc. DBA Meals by Grace – to cover costs of increased food purchases and distribution to more clients in Forsyth county. 
  97. Food Well Alliance Inc. – to cover the costs of modified operations in response to COVID-19.
  98. Fore Hadley Foundation – to provide emergency financial assistance for families with a child in a neonatal ICU.
  99. Forever Fed, Inc – to cover costs of increased food purchases and distribution to more clients in Cherokee county.
  100. Foundation of Wesley Woods – to provide grocery gift cards to vulnerable residents of two South Atlanta HUD communities.
  101. Frazer Center – for learning support for families with children with disabilities.
  102. Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) – to help FODAC to continue to provide medical equipment and supplies to area hospitals and clinics during the crisis.
  103. Friends of Gwinnett Seniors, Inc. – to cover costs of the food delivery service to seniors.
  104. Fugees Family, Inc. – to support refugee students and their families with academic instruction, food and public health information translated in several languages.
  105. Furniture Bank Metro Atlanta – to purchase beds for low-income, new residents of homes in the region.
  106. Future Foundation – to provide virtual student learning, tutoring, technology devices, internet connectivity and access to food.
  107. Georgia Advancing Communities Together, Inc. – to provide direct rental/mortgage assistance to residents with priority given to those living in unsubsidized units and homeless persons.
  108. Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN) – for emergency financial assistance for families receiving legal assistance.
  109. Georgia Care Connection Office, Inc. DBA Georgia Cares – to cover costs for modified operations and increased demand for services.
  110. Georgia Center for Nonprofits – for technical assistance provided to  nonprofits.
  111. Georgia Charitable Care Network Inc. – to provide telehealth support for up to 26 metro-Atlanta area charitable clinics.
  112. Georgia Highlands Medical Services – to provide drive-thru medical screenings and services at all of its sites.
  113. Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Development Center, Inc. – for technical and financial assistance for small businesses. 
  114. Georgia Hope Inc – to continue providing and securing homes for children and youth in foster care.
  115. Georgia Legal Services Program, Inc. – for increased need in legal services for tenants in danger of eviction due to the crisis.
  116. Georgia Organics – to help with efforts to connect organic farmers to means of filling gaps in food distribution.
  117. Gigi’s House, Inc – to cover the increased costs for food for the residents of the shelter.
  118. Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta –  for virtual programming for members and non-members focused on STEM, entrepreneurship, life skills and the outdoors.
  119. The Global Village Project, Inc. – for technology kits, food and emergency assistance.
  120. Good News at Noon – to cover costs of modified operations due to COVID-19 in Barrow, DeKalb, Forsyth, Gwinnett and Hall counties.
  121. Good News Clinics, Inc. – to cover costs of increased telehealth services, PPE for in-person treatment and screenings and curbside prescription services for residents of Hall County.
  122. Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb, Inc. – for costs related to COVID-19 testing and triage, PPE and lab supplies, telehealth and COVID-HVAC upgrades.
  123. Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett – for provision of COVID-19 screening and referral for testing and provision of emergency dental services for residents in its service area.
  124. Great Promise Partnership – for emergency financial assistance for students who have lost employment.
  125. The Greater Piney Grove Community Development, Inc. – to cover costs of modified operations due to COVID-19.
  126. Greening Youth Foundation, Inc. – for youth stipends and technology resources to support employment continuity.
  127. Grove Park Foundation Inc. – for emergency financial assistance for families to maintain stability in housing.
  128. Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services – to cover costs of providing leadership to a local coalition and providing direct services to residents of Gwinnett county.
  129. Gwinnett Housing Corporation (DBA: Lawrenceville Housing Authority) – to provide food, financial assistance and preserving housing for 40 renters, 40 residents of extended stay shelters and 40 homeowners for the next 90 days.
  130. Hands of Hope Clinic – to continue providing in-person care and to establish telehealth services in Henry county.
  131. Hands On Atlanta, Inc. – to assist with Atlanta Public Schools food distribution activities.  
  132. Harvest Rain Early Learning Academy, Inc. – for scholarship and tuition assistance for childcare, online resources for children at home and grocery store gift cards for families.
  133. Haven of Light International, Inc. – to expand its technology-based connection services with its clientele, and increase its food support for women who have recently escaped domestic violence. 
  134. HEAL; or HEALing Community Center – to cover the costs of establishing telehealth services for primary care and behavioral health; and provide on-site COVID-19 testing.
  135. Helping Hands Computers Outreach, Inc. DBA Helping Hands Outreach – for its increased telemedicine system for low-income children and families in Rockdale county.
  136. Helping In His Name Ministries, Inc. – to support drive-thru services for food distribution efforts.
  137. The Herman J Russell Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship – for small business supports.
  138. Hi-Hope Service Center – for continued services and staffing of its programming for people experiencing homelessness.
  139. Hispanic Alliance GA – to cover modifications in service provision in Hall county due to COVID-19.
  140. Hope for Youth, Inc. – for online curriculum and tech resources.
  141. Hope thru Soap, Inc. – to continue providing services to people experiencing homelessness.
  142. Horizons Atlanta – to cover the costs of providing meals to 850 students per day.
  143. House of Cherith, Inc. – to continue providing housing and wrap around supports to victims and survivors of human trafficking.
  144. Initiative for Affordable Housing, Inc. – to provide housing and ancillary social services for homeless families in DeKalb county.
  145. International Community School – to provide basic needs for children and families.
  146. Just Bakery of Atlanta – for employment support for business operations.
  147. Latin American Association – emergency financial and employment assistance for Latinx individuals and families.
  148. Leap Year – to support second graders with reading challenges and at-risk graduating high school seniors.
  149. Lilburn Cooperative Ministry, Inc. – to cover the costs of a 5-fold increase in the number of families being served weekly.
  150. liveSAFE Resources, Inc. – to continue providing shelter for the unhoused and a safe environment for its staff and clients. 
  151. Local Initiatives Support Corporation – for a small business grant and loan fund.
  152. Los Niños Primero, Inc. – for emergency financial assistance for immigrant families.
  153. Loving Arms Cancer Outreach (LACO) – to provide emergency financial assistance for patients with cancer.
  154. Lutheran Church of the Redeemer – to provide food and accurate COVID-19 related information to seniors, people experiencing homelessness.
  155. Making A Way Housing – to provide safe and affordable housing for people with compromised immune systems and therefore higher risks  for contracting COVID-19.
  156. Martin Luther King Jr. Center For Nonviolent Social Change Inc. – to support the King Center’s provision of services and information to the African American community.
  157. Mending The Gap Inc – to cover costs of the food delivery service to seniors in Gwinnett county.
  158. Mercy Housing Southeast – for restocking food and supply pantries, deep cleaning of properties, and staff support.
  159. Metamorphasis Powerhouse Company, Inc. – for virtual learning for students, career development services and technology support for older adults.
  160. Metro Atlanta Urban Farm – for work to support farmers in metro Atlanta.
  161. Midtown Assistance Center (MAC) – for emergency financial assistance.
  162. Miles for Cystic Fibrosis – to provide emergency financial assistance for families with a family member who has cystic fibrosis.
  163. Mosaic Georgia – to provide specialized services and support to increasing numbers of victims and survivors of intimate partner violence and abuse.
  164. Motivation Forward Inc. – to cover the costs of modified operations in response to COVID-19.
  165. Multi-Agency Alliance for Children, Inc. – to provide emergency financial assistance for youth and families in foster care. 
  166. My Fellow Man – for emergency financial assistance and food. 
  167. NAACP Atlanta Branch – to cover the costs of providing basic services and accurate information to residents of South Fulton county. 
  168. Neighbor in Need, Inc. – to cover costs of the food delivery service to seniors in East Lake, Kirkwood and Edgewood.
  169. New American Pathways – for emergency financial assistance, language services and case management.
  170. New Life Community Ministries – to provide food boxes to residents of South DeKalb county.
  171. Next Generation Focus, Inc. – to provide access to technology, tutoring and mentoring.
  172. Nobis Works, Inc. DBA Tommy Nobis Center – to provide case management, counseling, educational resources and COVID-19 information.
  173. Noonday Association – to cover costs of the food delivery service to seniors in Cherokee, Cobb and Paulding counties.
  174. Noor Family Services Corporation – for emergency financial assistance, food and transportation.
  175. North Georgia Community Action, Inc. – to provide housing support (rent payments, mortgage assistance and housing subsidies) for the next 90 days.
  176. North Gwinnett Co-Op – to cover increased costs due to increase in food delivery and emergency provisions.
  177. Nothing but the Truth – to cover costs of increased food purchases and distribution to more clients.
  178. The nsoro Educational Foundation, Inc. – to provide wraparound supports for students who came of age in the foster care system.
  179. Odyssey Inc. – for revised virtual summer programming, a tutoring platform and online learning classes.
  180. Odyssey Family Counseling Center – to provide virtual behavioral health and comprehensive mental health counseling for young people, families and people with intellectual and physical disabilities.
  181. One Roof Ecumenical Alliance Outreach – for emergency financial assistance for food and basic needs.
  182. One Talent, Inc. – for virtual programming, food and care packages.
  183. Operation First Response, Inc. – to provide emergency financial assistance to active duty service members, disabled veterans, first responders and their families.
  184. Operation HOPE – to provide emergency financial support and coaching for low-income populations facing job loss, business interruption and loan deferments. 
  185. Our House – to provide emergency shelter and assistance.
  186. Overcomers House Incorporated – to cover costs for modified operations and increased demand for services.
  187. The Place of Forsyth County – for emergency financial assistance.
  188. The Path Project, Inc. – to provide books and laptops for students. 
  189. PEACE Atlanta, Inc. – to provide PPE and cleaning supplies for residents.
  190. Positive Impact Health Centers – to provide for the increasing basic service needs of patients with HIV.
  191. The Posse Foundation – for virtual pre-collegiate training workshops, emergency support and assistance for both pre-college and college scholars.
  192. Premier Academy, Inc. – for essential needs for families and virtual engagement opportunities for children at home.
  193. Prevention Plus Inc. dba The Bridge Academy – to provide tutoring, emotional support, access to technology and food.
  194. Project Community Connections, Inc. – for emergency financial assistance to maintain housing after job losses.
  195. Project South –  to support food distribution and other services for residents of South Atlanta neighborhoods.
  196. Quest Community Development Corporation – for housing and financial services.
  197. Rainbow House, Inc. – for housing food, health care, counseling and educational support services for youth 24 hours/day 7 days/week.
  198. Raising Expectations – for digital learning supports, emergency financial assistance and access to food.
  199. Raksha Inc. – for emergency financial assistance.
  200. re:imagine/ATL – for emergency assistance, workforce training, mentoring, social-emotional supports, and technology equipment for vulnerable youth and their families.
  201. REAL School Gardens (dba Out Teach) – to support online learning resources for students, families and teachers as well as learning kits being sent home to students to support ongoing engagement in learning.
  202. Red Door Food Pantry – to cover costs for increased services to Bartow county residents.
  203. Reflections of Trinity – to cover the costs of a 25% increase in its food distribution in Cobb, Douglas and Paulding counties due to COVID-19.
  204. Refuge Coffee Co. – for business operation costs. 
  205. Refugee Village Corp –  for academic and technology support for students, food, cleaning supplies and COVID-19 information.
  206. RiverLife – to cover costs of its new food delivery services and other services for seniors and people with disabilities. 
  207. Rockdale Coalition for Children & Families – to cover the cost of modified food delivery activities due to COVID-19.
  208. Royal Adult Day Services, Inc. – to cover costs of modified operations due to COVID-19 and to continue support for individuals with dementia and their families.
  209. S.H.A.R.E. House, Inc. – to cover the costs for providing shelter, case management, meals, financial assistance and coordination of community resources for people who are homeless.
  210. SafeHouse Outreach Inc. – to provide meals for people relying on shelters for housing during the crisis.
  211. The Salvation Army of Gainesville – for increases in provision of its core services in the region. 
  212. The Scholarship Academy – for the virtual scholarship center, counseling, emergency aid and technology access.
  213. Scottdale Early Learning – for increased support for families.
  214. Second Helpings Atlanta – to cover modifications in operations and increased service requests.
  215. Serv International – to support food distribution efforts in Canton.
  216. Showcase Group – to provide telehealth and reentry services for incarcerated youth, recently released young people and their families.
  217. Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. – to cover the costs of modifying its service provision for people with sickle cell disease throughout the region.
  218. Sisu of Georgia Inc – for telehealth therapy services.
  219. Soldiers’ Angels – to  provide services to vulnerable veterans in the region.
  220. Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry – to cover costs of uptick in food provisions for new clients who reside in SW Gwinnett county.
  221. SPARK Reproductive Justice Now!, Inc. – to provide accurate medical information, referrals to safe support and treatment resources, and feminine hygiene and personal products for LGBTQIA+ communities of color in metro Atlanta.
  222. Special Needs Respite, Inc. – for respite care for families with children with special needs.
  223. Star-C Programs –  to support efforts to negotiate rent forgiveness and reduction due to the economic impacts of COVID-19.
  224. Street Grace – to provide emergency financial assistance for survivors of child sex trafficking.
  225. The Study Hall, Inc – to cover costs of modified operations due to COVID-19.
  226. Sustainable Norcross Inc. – to cover costs of modified operations due to COVID-19. 
  227. Tahirih Justice Center, Atlanta – to provide emergency financial support to immigrant survivors of gender-based violence.
  228. Tallatoona Community Action Partnership, Inc. – to provide emergency financial assistance.
  229. Tapestri, Inc. – to provide emergency financial assistance to refugee and immigrant survivors of domesic violence and human trafficking.
  230. Teach “O” Rea Preparatory Preschool – for family outreach including home learning materials and food.
  231. Technical College System of Georgia Foundation – for emergency needs and for digital devices to engage in distance learning.
  232. Together Friends Organization Inc. – for a virtual summer experience focused on math and science.
  233. Treasure House, Inc. – to provide emergency financial assistance, childcare, housing support and food assistance to families with children.
  234. Tri_Cities Arts Alliance, Inc. –  to provide emergency financial assistance for artists.
  235. Truancy Intervention Project Georgia, Inc. – for vulnerable students in need of specialized assistance based on school social workers and emergency financial assistance.
  236. Urban League of Greater Atlanta (ULGA) – to provide emergency financial assistance for basic needs, health and housing.
  237. Urban Recipe – to cover costs of its new food delivery services and extended pantry hours.
  238. Usher’s New Look –  for a virtual learning academy and emergency financial assistance.
  239. Visiting Nurse – to cover the costs of increased numbers of appointments (travel costs, PPE, treatment supplies, etc.) for elderly residents of metro Atlanta.
  240. Westside Future Fund – to provide emergency financial assistance, food and basic needs.
  241. Wholesome Wave Georgia – to cover costs of its COVID-19 SNAP outreach for restaurant and hospitality workers.
  242. Will2Way Foundation Inc – to continue providing services to people experiencing homelessness.
  243. Young Life East Atlanta (GA162) – to provide food and financial assistance for 30 new mothers.
  244. Youth Empowerment Success Services – to provide housing and case management support to displaced and homeless youth ages 18 – 24.
  245. Youth Empowerment through Learning, Leading, and Serving, Inc. (YELLS) – to provide emergency financial assistance.

The Fund was announced March 17 with Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta committing $1 million and United Way of Greater Atlanta contributing $500,000 to seed the Fund. As of today, more than $20 million in commitments have been secured from organizations including the Coca-Cola Company, Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, each donating $5 million to the Fund in support. Other current funders include the City of Atlanta, The Goizueta Foundation, The Klump Family Foundation and Truist Foundation, contributing $1 million each. A complete list of corporate, foundation and individual donors that gave $25,000 or more to the Fund can be found here.  

Individuals and families impacted and in need of support can contact United Way of Greater Atlanta’s 2-1-1 Contact Center. Due to high call volumes, texting is the quickest way to get in touch with United Way 2-1-1. Text 211od to 898-211 to get a list of resources by zip code. The 2-1-1 database is another quick way to find resources during this time of increased call volume. 2-1-1 is a valuable resource that is available 24-hours and 7 days-a-week.

The Community Foundation will continue to update details for donors and nonprofits through its blog and via social media via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. To view updates from United Way of Greater Atlanta, click here or follow on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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About the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Since 1951, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has been leading and inspiring philanthropy to increase the vitality of our region and the well-being of all residents. With nearly 70 years serving the 23-county Atlanta region and a robust team of experts, the Community Foundation expands its philanthropic reach and impact by providing quality services to donors and bold, innovative community leadership. The Community Foundation is a top-20 community foundation among 750 nationally, with approximately $1.2 billion in current assets, and is Georgia’s second largest foundation. For more information, visit: cfgreateratlanta.org or connect with the Foundation via Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

 

About United Way of Greater Atlanta

United Way of Greater Atlanta, the largest United Way chapter in the nation, focuses on ensuring that every child in Atlanta has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. The organization invests in more than 200 programs in 13 counties through the Child Well-Being Impact Fund and works to help children succeed in school, improve financial stability of families, provide affordable and accessible healthcare and end homelessness. For more information, visit: unitedwayatlanta.org or Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Media Contacts:

For United Way United Way of Greater Atlanta

Chad Parker, 404.358.5055

cparker@unitedwayatlanta.org

ATLANTA – April 21, 2020 – The Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, a joint effort from Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta, today announced the Fund’s fifth round of grants. A total of $1.463 million will be distributed to 13 organizations for emergency response. A grand total of nearly $12 million from the Fund has been mobilized to benefit 75 nonprofits to date. Grants made in the earlier rounds are detailed on both the Community Foundation’s website and United Way’s website

Today’s grant recipients from the fifth round and their grant amounts, are: 

 

  • Atlanta Technical College Foundation ($100,000) Due to COVID-19, many Pell-eligible students need housing assistance, food, personal care products and other basic needs. Almost 70 percent of Atlanta Technical College (ATC) students are economically disadvantaged and receive some form of financial aid. Students are mostly female, many of whom work and are raising children. Since closing in-person instruction due to COVID-19, ATC has seen a rise in student need in technology supports, emergency financial assistance and online tutorial services. ATC has created a Students’ Technology Support Fund and a Students’ Emergency Assistance Fund and expanded its online tutorial services. This grant will support the added costs related to providing added supports for students.

 

  • Clayton County Public Schools Foundation ($125,000) Clayton County Public Schools Foundation (Foundation) supports 55,000 Pre-K through 12th grade students and their families in the Clayton County school system. During this critical time the Foundation has provided meals, identified students who have educational needs and ensured that support for students with special needs continues. The Foundation has identified 1,750 students who do not have access to a laptop for online learning and are only completing assignments on a cell phone when it is available. This grant will support the purchase of Chromebooks that can be paired with Wi-Fi devices being provided to Clayton County students by 100 Black Men of America.

 

  • Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation($25,000) More than 60-percent of Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) students are Pell-eligible. Due to COVID-19, many students need housing assistance, food, personal care products and other basic needs. GGC has established a Student Emergency Fund to support students whose education might be derailed due to the pandemic. The Fund is addressing student needs for food, gasoline, housing, rent and utilities, essential items that students need to keep them functional and enrolled. This grant will contribute to the emergency fund to meet essential student needs. 

 

  • Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB Education) ($50,000) Within a week of the first school closures in March, GPB Education began providing expanded free services and resources to educators, students and families. They partnered with the Georgia Department of Education to launch Georgia Home Classroom, which includes a library of digital learning resources that adhere to the state’s standards for fostering at-home learning across all subjects and grade levels. GPB Education is also providing a daily e-newsletter to 50,000+ subscribers with recommendations on learning activities and opportunities, and weekly live webinars offering instructional strategies for remote learning. This grant will support extended services beyond the academic year and will provide educational support for families without technology and/or internet access and help mitigate what potentially may be a five-month learning loss for students who don’t have access to educational content.

 

  • Georgia State University Foundation ($100,000) Georgia State University (GSU) has established an Emergency Assistance Fund to provide aid to students who need immediate resources and support during the pandemic. GSU serves a particularly vulnerable population of students – nearly 60 percent are Pell-eligible with a median family income under $27,000. GSU has a streamlined, rapid response system in place where they can verify, document and award emergency funds to students in need within 24-48 hours. This grant will support GSU’s emergency funds that can be deployed to students immediately to alleviate housing and food insecurity and help fill in the gaps for other basic emergency needs. Awards to date have ranged from $250 to $1,000.

 

  • Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation ($200,000) Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) has been continuing students’ education by providing Digital Learning Days for students to receive daily assignments and connect with each of their teachers using the established learning management system, called eClass. About 10 percent of students (18,000 students) have not yet logged into their eClass page to view assignments, communication and resources provided by their teachers, largely due to lack of internet access. This grant will enable GCPS to purchase hot spots and internet service plans for families in need and to provide ‘Play 2 Learn’ packets with books and activities for parents of children under age 5 who would normally be served in childcare centers.  

 

  • Innovative Solutions for Disadvantage and Disability ($50,000) Innovative Solutions for Disadvantage and Disability (ISDD) provides support including case management, support groups, training and in-home tutoring to low-income, senior-headed households that include children with special needs. The average age of ISDD’s caregivers is 60, and many have an underlying health condition, such as diabetes or hypertension, which puts them at particular risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. This population is usually overlooked by existing systems. This grant will help ISDD provide food to these families and support their other needs, such as laptops for children to participate in school.  

 

  • KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools ($100,000) KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools is a network of 10 tuition-free, public charter schools that offer college-preparatory education in Atlanta’s educationally underserved communities, serving 4,600 students and 800 alumni in college. KIPP Metro Atlanta is not receiving COVID-19 emergency supports through the Georgia Charter Schools Association, Atlanta Public Schools or Fulton County Schools. Due to COVID-19, KIPP students need access to laptops and the internet for successful long-term distance learning. This grant will help provide students access to laptops, IT support and internet access, distance learning transitioning supplies and curriculum and emergency funding for families of students and alumni.

 

  • Marietta City Schools ($75,000) Marietta City Schools’ (MCS) response to students’ basic needs initially focused on feeding the thousands of children who depend on school for meals. Sixty percent of MCS students qualify for free/reduced lunch. The school system served more than 65,000 meals March 16 through April 3. Another immediate need is to keep students connected to learning, many of whom do not have Wi-Fi or devices needed for distance learning. MCS has purchased six months of Wi-Fi connectivity and has loaned 3,000 computers to ensure students can stay connected to learning during the closure. This grant will contribute to the $150,000 cost of connectivity for approximately 700 students who currently don’t have access. 

 

  • Partners for HOME ($300,000) Through their proven track record and partnership with the City of Atlanta, Partners for HOME (PfH) was able to leverage a $1.5 million pledge from the City for their COVID-19 response and action plan to address and assist people experiencing homelessness during this pandemic. PfH seeks to stop the spread of COVID-19 among shelter populations and house the most vulnerable: those over the age of 55 and those with underlying health conditions. PfH is coordinating with government and nonprofit organizations to provide 250 people with shelter, meals and healthcare for three months. This grant will support this effort that includes isolation beds, comprehensive testing and permanent supportive housing.

 

  • Partnership for Southern Equity ($150,000) Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) works to advance policies and institutional actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all. In response to COVID-19, PSE is re-granting funds to primarily African American-led organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to residents facing food insecurity, unstable housing and precarious physical and mental challenges. High rates of chronic diseases and increased risks of exposure because of work requirements, transportation and housing options combine for devastating effects: while 43% of Fulton County residents are African American, African Americans represent 85% of COVID-19 related deaths in Fulton County. This grant will assist PSE and its partners serving approximately 900 residents in the Pittsburgh and Peoplestown neighborhoods in Atlanta and several neighborhoods in South Fulton county.

 

  • Quality Care for Children ($150,000) Quality Care for Children (QCC) serves more than 100,000 children annually through the direct support of childcare providers, both center-based and family childcare. Without assistance during the COVID-19 crisis, many providers will close their doors, never to reopen. QCC is also focused on helping connect essential workers to childcare options and giving childcare providers up-to-date essential information and training to help them weather these times. This grant will support a referral network for essential workers to find licensed care, funding to help childcare programs remain open, costs of meals for children and costs related to training and webinars for childcare providers to learn about how this crisis will impact them. 

 

  • Southerners On New Ground ($38,400) Southerners On New Ground (SONG) is a resource for LGBTQ liberation across all lines of race, class, abilities, age, culture, gender and sexuality in the South. SONG’s response to COVID-19 includes broadening its usual service populations to include Black men and children, and the organization is now serving people ranging in age from 6 – 55 years. SONG’s response has two primary efforts – advocating for the release of people held in Fulton County jails to help prevent the spread of the disease and coordinating the neighborhood Mutual Aid efforts in the West End and Mechanicsville neighborhoods. The Mutual Aid work includes providing food and hand sanitizer to the unsheltered and emergency financial assistance and political education to young people. This grant will enable this work to continue for the next three months.   

 

Grants from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund focus on immediate and critical needs to support those most vulnerable. United Way and Community Foundation staff, with the guidance of a volunteer steering committee comprised of leading individuals from civic, corporate and nonprofit sectors across the region, are identifying additional organizations currently providing or receiving requests for support. 

The Fund created an application process for nonprofits across the region to explain their grant needs and indicate how the Fund could help. Open from April 6 – 10, more than 650 nonprofit organizations requested funding through this period, indicative of the significant impact the COVID-19 crisis is having on our region. 

The Fund was announced March 17 with Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta committing $1 million and United Way of Greater Atlanta contributing $500,000 to seed the Fund. As of today, commitments have been secured from  the Coca-Cola Company, Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, each donating $5 million to the Fund in support. Other current funders include the City of Atlanta, The Goizueta Foundation, The Klump Family Foundation and Truist Foundation, contributing $1 million each. A complete list of corporate, foundation and individual donors to the Fund can be found here.  

Individuals and families impacted and in need of support can contact United Way of Greater Atlanta’s 2-1-1 Contact Center. Due to high call volumes, texting is the quickest way to get in touch with United Way 2-1-1. Text 211od to 898-211 to get a list of resources by zip code. The 2-1-1 database is another quick way to find resources during this time of increased call volume. 2-1-1 is a valuable resource that is available 24-hours and 7 days-a-week.

Individuals who wish to contribute to supporting our region’s nonprofits can donate to the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund here. Support funds will be released on a rolling basis throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, updates will be posted on both the Community Foundation’s website and United Way’s website. Nonprofits as well as community members can share information on local needs through a digital listening tool on United Way’s website. The next round of grants will be announced in early May. 

The Community Foundation will continue to update details for donors and nonprofits through its blog and via social media via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. To view updates from United Way of Greater Atlanta, click here or follow on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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About the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Since 1951, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has been leading and inspiring philanthropy to increase the vitality of our region and the well-being of all residents. With nearly 70 years serving the 23-county Atlanta region and a robust team of experts, the Community Foundation expands its philanthropic reach and impact by providing quality services to donors and bold, innovative community leadership. The Community Foundation is a top-20 community foundation among 750 nationally, with approximately $1.2 billion in current assets, and is Georgia’s second largest foundation. For more information, visit: cfgreateratlanta.org or connect with the Foundation via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

 

About United Way of Greater Atlanta

United Way of Greater Atlanta, the largest United Way chapter in the nation, focuses on ensuring that every child in Atlanta has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. The organization invests in more than 200 programs in 13 counties through the Child Well-Being Impact Fund and works to help children succeed in school, improve financial stability of families, provide affordable and accessible healthcare and end homelessness. For more information, visit: unitedwayatlanta.org or Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Media Contacts:

For United Way United Way of Greater Atlanta

Chad Parker, 404.358.5055

cparker@unitedwayatlanta.org