COVID-19 Relief Updates

Check back here for continuing updates regarding COVID-19 relief funding.

When you feel the most helpless, you actually have the power to do the most good.

As we move into social distancing and self-quarantine, it’s natural to feel isolated. Staying away from other people, though necessary, doesn’t fulfill our need to take action, to do something in the face of this crisis.

Fortunately, even in isolation, you can help the most vulnerable among us. Because we are never truly alone in our human community.

Here are five things you can do to fight in the face of COVID-19:

  1. Donate to the United Way of Daviess County COVID-19 Relief Fund. Your gift supports community resources that serve struggling families in Daviess County. Workers are losing wages and tips due to event cancellations and business closures. Kids who rely on free- and reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school risk going hungry. As food pantries and other community resources are inundated, donations to theUnited Way of Daviess County COVID-19 Relief Fund help ensure these vital relief services stay open and accessible.
  2. Direct people to Connections at 812-257-2650 or visit their website at https://www.dcpconnections.org/
  3. Spare something for the food pantries. As stores run out of bulk food and toilet paper, food pantries are struggling to fill their shelves, even as more people are coming in for help. Consider donating what you can spare, especially non-perishable food and toiletry items to Feed My Sheep at 812-254-5429 or contact Connections for additional referrals, to find out what our local food pantries need most and where to drop off donations.
  4. Call your friends and family. Loneliness is as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Even during isolation, modern technology allows us to stay connected. Checking in on friends and family is more than polite right now, it’s essential. And don’t forget elderly neighbors or others living alone.
  5. Take care of your mental health. If you’re stuck at home, keep busy with hobbies, try out arts and crafts, pick up an old musical instrument, organize family game nights, and step outside for fresh air and exercise. You can’t take care of others unless you take care of yourself.

Even in these uncertain times, no one is powerless to make a difference. Small acts, taken together across the country, can change the course of the pandemic, bolster those facing economic challenges, and protect the most vulnerable.

Updates

Additional COVID-19 Relief Coming to United Way of Daviess County

United Way of Daviess County is pleased to announce that it will receive a second COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative grant for $97,989 from Indiana United Ways, the state professional association of which United Way of Daviess County is a member. The grant will be used to support our community in meeting basic human needs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grant is one of 47 grants that Indiana United Ways is making to member organizations and community foundations through the initiative, which was made possible by funding Indiana United Ways received from Lilly Endowment Inc.

“United Way of Daviess County has been a key convener and coordinator of our community’s response to meet human needs for decades. Even before this crisis, we knew that 1 in 3 families in Daviess County were not able to make ends meet - despite working. In the wake of COVID, those needs became even more dire. Thanks to the generous, continued support of Lilly Endowment to our State Association, we can continue to help our community, through nonprofit partners, deal with and hopefully resolve the impacts of this trying time,” said Jordan Sherman, Board Chair for United Way of Daviess County.

The second COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative grant again calls for United Ways that receive funding to leverage partnerships and relationships to better meet COVID-related basic needs aligned with the social determinants of health as defined by the CDC. Specifically, United Way of Daviess County plans to provide emergency relief for those affected by Covid and/or experienced quarantine, providing funds for Summer and after-school care to allow children the additional education that was lost due to not being in school regularly. UWDC also plans to provide help for housing assistance and mental health due to Covid. All funds must be used by December 31st, 2021. United Way of Daviess County will begin accepting funding requests from area human and social service nonprofits whose IRS designation is in good standing beginning June 15th, 2021. Interested organizations should consult unitedwayofdaviesscounty.org for guidance on funding intent and application instructions.

In April 2020, Lilly Endowment helped Indiana United Ways establish the COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative with an initial $30 million grant. Lilly Endowment made an additional $15 million grant in March to Indiana United Way to support the initiative. Both grants are part of Lilly Endowment’s overall grant-making to help organizations meet COVID-related needs. Since March 2020, Lilly Endowment has made grants totaling more than $210 million to organizations working in Indiana and across the nation as they respond to the pandemic.

For more information, please contact our office at 812-254-1038

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Indiana United Ways is the state professional association for United Ways in Indiana and supports a thriving United Way system through capacity building, shared services, and network collaboration opportunities. For more information, contact Tonja Stokes, Vice President of Organizational Development at tonja.stokes@iuw.org.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly, Sr. and his sons, Eli and J.K. Jr., through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion. The Endowment funds significant programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion. However, it maintains a special commitment to its founders’ hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.

ERI Wave II Funds Available

United Way of Daviess County is excited to share that there are additional grant funds available to reimburse agencies for expenses incurred due to the pandemic. This grant was made possible through a partnership between the Lilly Endowment and Indiana United Ways, the state professional association of which UWDC is a member. There are $15,000 in ERI Wave II grant funds available through the Community Foundation portal.

These funds are available to reimburse agencies who have taken from their overhead/operational budget to provide services or items to clients who were in need due to COVID-19. They can also be used for reimbursement of PPE items needed that were not funded through other sources such as state, federal, and local grants. The minimum amount to apply for is $2,000.

Applications must be received by Monday, July 5th, 2021, and grant reports are due by the end of July. Funds must be used by December 31st, 2021.

For any questions or concerns, please reach out to United Way of Daviess County at 812-254-1038.

Exciting announcement below! Additional information, including links to apply and further details, will be forthcoming!

May 6th, 2021

Contact Zella Taylor, CEO
812-254-1038 | uway1038@gmail.com

UWDC, through the Lilly Endowment and Indiana United Way, has provided area agencies with funding through the Economic Relief Initiative (ERI) grant. PACE Community Action Agency, pictured above with Zella Taylor and Jordan Sherman of UWDC, is one of the latest agencies to receive funding, and these funds are for those struggling with rent or utility payments as a result of the pandemic. They can be contacted at 812-882-7927.

Please note that our COVID-19 Relief Fund is no longer accepting applications for emergency funding. For more information regarding this and other grants which may be available, please call our office at 812-254-1038.

United Way of Daviess County has provided COVID-19 relief funds to area agencies and businesses through the COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant - details of which can be found below. One area business that received funding was Ketcham Memorial Center, a nursing home located in Odon, Indiana.

Ketcham Memorial Center received $6,000.00 to provide grief counseling to staff who experienced grief and trauma due to the loss of residents as a direct result of COVID-19. One of their staff members shared some of their thoughts:

"I can't express how thankful I am to receive some help in relation to the pandemic and COVID-19 crisis we endured. Our facility finding a way to offer counseling to staff is amazing! Having someone that understands the struggles that we have faced personally as healthcare workers is extremely helpful and will be beneficial moving forward. I'm very fortunate to receive help and support from KMC and Jasper Memorial Counseling."

United Way of Daviess County recognizes the importance of mental health support as a result of the pandemic. We are thankful to help meet a critical need at Ketcham Memorial Center and are honored to partner with agencies and businesses such as Ketcham in fighting COVID-19!

United Way of Daviess County is pleased to announce that it has been approved to receive a $200,000 COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant, made possible through a partnership between Lilly Endowment, Inc. and Indiana United Ways, the state professional association of which United Way of Daviess County is a member. These special funds will be used to boost the efforts of selected area human and social service nonprofits on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic.

United Way of Daviess County has been a key convener and coordinator of our community’s response to meet human needs for decades. Even before this crisis, we knew that 27% in Daviess County were not able to make ends meet - despite working. Without a robust local nonprofit safety net, those needs are bound to become even more dire. Thanks to generous support from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., we are now more strongly positioned to help our community’s nonprofits deal with the immediate impacts of Covid-19,” said Board Chair, Eric Lane, for United Way of Daviess County.

The COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant calls for United Ways that receive funding to leverage partnerships and relationships to better meet Covid-related essential and basic needs, which could include safe, emergency childcare, and to address other Covid-19 critical issues as they emerge. Specifically, United Way of Daviess County, plans to provide funding through 3-4 grant phases (last phase ending in March 31, 2022. The United Way of Daviess County and the The Daviess County Community Foundation have partnered in this effort and will begin accepting funding requests from area human and social service nonprofits in good standing. The first phase will be open within the next 30 days with more information to follow soon. Grants will be available through The Daviess County Community Foundation grant portal. As always, feel free to contact either office with additional questions!  

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More about United Way of Daviess County and uway1038@gmail.com, 812-254-1038.

Lilly Endowment Inc., is a private philanthropic foundation supporting the causes of religion, education and community development focusing its work in Indianapolis and the State of Indiana. For more information, contact Judith Cebula, Communications Director at communications@lei.org.

Indiana United Ways is the state association for United Ways in Indiana that supports thriving United Ways through capacity building, shared services, and partnering. For more information, contact Maureen Noe, President & CEO at Maureen.noe@iuw.org.