Relief Fund – September Update

Since March 2020, the Putnam County Community Foundation’s Board of Directors has allocated more than $130,000 to the Putnam County Relief Fund to meet the emerging and long-term needs created by COVID-19. The Relief Fund allows the Community Foundation to quickly deploy resources to local nonprofits, agencies, and charitable entities as they identify funding needed to service those directly impacted.

As of September 23, the Relief Fund has distributed nearly $70,000 in emergency relief grants.

The following organizations have received grant funding:

Area 10 Agency of Aging: Provide free medication and food delivery through Rural Transit

Area 30 Career Center: Purchase PPE, cleaning supplies and other necessary items to ensure safe facility for students

Beyond Homeless Incorporated: 1) Purchase food, cleaning, personal care, and other essential items for families housed in the shelter 2) Support the Homelessness Prevention Program

Cummins Behavioral Health Systems, Inc.: 1) Provide essential supplies to the Putnam County Supervised Living Facility 2) Purchase electronic devices for patients to continue treatment virtually

Family Support Services: Provide funding to help families meet their basic and immediate needs

Good News Ministries: Purchase PPE, cleaning supplies and a disinfectant fogger for the Putnam County facility

Greencastle Community School Corporation: Purchase and install touchless water bottle refills stations

Lakeland Center, Inc.: Purchase PPE and cleaning supplies in order to restart mental health programming for at-risk individuals affected by COVID-19

Mental Health America of Putnam County: Provide mental health education and advocacy

Putnam County Chamber: Provide funding to small businesses to increase advertising

Putnam County Playhouse, Inc.: Provide mobile audio equipment for virtual children’s summer workshops

Putnam County Youth Development Commission: 1) Purchase backpacks and school supplies within each school corporation in Putnam County in partnership with Phil the Need 2) Purchase coats for annual Coats for Kids program 3) Assistance with operational costs

Putnam Wellness Coalition: Purchase refrigeration for local food pantries to increase access to perishable items  

Transformers: 1) Provide support to the Circles program to sustain the same level of support and programming 2) Assist families with rent/utilities

United Way of Putnam County: Provide funding to local food pantries who remain open and have established drive-through operations to meet the high volume of requests due to COVID-19.

Thank you to our generous donors who have contributed to the Relief Fund. Because of you, we are able to support the nonprofits currently serving Putnam County in their greatest time of need.

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