SW Washington COVID Response Fund Provides $2.5 Million in Relief to Nonprofits

Vancouver, Wash., May 1, 2020 — Over the past two weeks, the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington has awarded $694,038 in grants from the SW Washington COVID Response Fund to 17 local nonprofits addressing the health and economic impacts of COVID-19. Following is a complete list of grants awarded from the emergency fund in the last half of April:

  • Goodwill Longview Work Opportunity Center – $ 25,000
  • Latino Community Resource Group – $ 90,000
  • Longview Downtowners – $ 75,000
  • NAMI SW Washington – $ 7,000
  • PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation – $ 50,000
  • Vancouver St. Vincent de Paul Society Conference – $ 50,000
  • The Giving Closet – $ 2,500
  • Vancouver Farmers Market Foundation – $ 6,368
  • Catholic Community Services – $31,188
  • Scholar Fund – $150,000
  • Cowlitz County Habitat for Humanity – $58,500
  • NAACP Vancouver Branch 1139 – $12,000
  • Pathways 2020 – $50,000
  • Lifeline Connections – $50,640
  • The Salvation Army Longview Temple – $5,000
  • Community Mediation Services – $5,842
  • Medical Teams International – $25,000

Relief provided through the SW Washington COVID Response Fund now totals more than $2.5 million. Collectively, the 79 grants distributed are supporting programs and services that improve access to food, housing, technology, and health and safety equipment.

The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington established the SW Washington COVID Response Fund as a convenient way for residents to support urgent relief efforts across Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania Counties. President of the local foundation, Jennifer Rhoads, said every dollar donated to the response fund is passed along to nonprofits serving local communities. While the Community Foundation has raised more than $4 million thus far, more than half of that initial sum has been granted out over the last six weeks.

“Responding to this challenge involves both a sprint and a marathon, because the need is urgent and growing,” Rhoads said. “So, it’s important that we act quickly today, while also finding the compassion and generosity within our communities to sustain these relief efforts for tomorrow and beyond.”

Grants are announced weekly on the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington’s website, and grants will continue being distributed until funding is exhausted. Those interested in learning more or donating can visit cfsww.org/covid19.