Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly: 11 nonprofits receive $132,500 in United Way of Allen County emergency funds amid COVID-19

Apr 14, 2020

United Way of Allen County has disbursed $132,500 to 11 nonprofits from its nearly $3 million Emergency Relief Fund.

The agency formed the fund in response to the unprecedented need caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We asked community leaders, organizations, and our neighbors to model what it means to LIVE UNITED during this time and join us by giving generously,” according to a news release. “The response from our community is inspiring. We have a growing list of partners who have joined us in the fight to assist with community needs caused by the coronavirus.”

A committee will be funding community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support.

Agencies that have received funds are:

• Associated Churches for Fort Wayne and Allen County, Inc., $20,000 to buy food for their 24 pantries throughout the county.

• Bridge of Grace, $10,000 to buy food, cleaning supplies and gas for food deliveries, and to pay for staff time for food distribution.

• Come As You Are Ministries, $5,000 to buy food and toiletries for seniors and single parents living in the southeast side of Fort Wayne.

• Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc., $20,000 to buy food that will be distributed through its various programs such as SeniorPak, The Farm Wagon, and Saturday Helping Hands as well as through its pantries throughout the county.

• Community Transportation Network, Inc, $20,000 to supplement the cost of additional medical trips for current and new clients and to potentially help with food delivery to seniors or those unable to get to a grocery store as needed.

• Homebound Meals, $5,000 to supplement its sliding fee scale for the meals it provides to seniors and those who are homebound.

• Miss Virginia’s Food Pantry, $2,500 to buy food, including meat.

• The Rescue Mission, $20,000, to buy food and disposable containers for its community meals, help with the cost of moving its men’s emergency shelter to a new location including portable bathrooms, shower trailers, temperature monitoring supplies and breathalyzers.

• Vincent Village, $5,000 to buy food and supplies for its residents.

• Wellspring Interfaith Social Services, $5,000 to buy coolers for food storage, digital laser infrared thermometers for food safety checks and food.

• YMCA Renaissance Pointe, $20,000, to buy food to residents in the southeast side of Fort Wayne who have limited access to food, including offering grab-and-go dinners and delivering meals to area neighborhoods including Vincent Village residents, Phoenix Manor senior living complex, and the Villages of Hanna affordable housing complex.

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