As the coronavirus crisis deepens, the Arlington Community Foundation has offered over $300,000 in emergency support this week.
The funds come as the non-profits refocused its Prompt Response Fund to support other charities that can provide emergency food supplies for the needy, healthcare for the uninsured or underinsured, and support for hourly workers who lost their jobs.
Recently, the Foundation received a $1 million grant from Amazon, with $350,000 specifically assigned for use in Arlington while the rest was to be distributed around the region in other community foundations. Washington Forrest Foundation in Arlington has contributed 25 percent of each grant awarded by the Arlington Community Foundation.
Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), which has been distributing food and supplies to needy Arlingtonians during the pandemic, has received the largest share of $25,000.
“We heard loud and clear from our nonprofit partners that they needed to get funds into the hands of the helpers in our community quickly, as this is a time of exceptional need for our neighbors who are experiencing job loss and other crisis situations,” said Arlington Community Foundation CEO and President Jennifer Owens said in the press release. “Our network of nonprofit safety net providers has responded quickly, as have the many generous people in our community who have pitched in to help with contributions of time, talent, and treasure. We owed it to them to move swiftly to support their efforts.”
Owens also said that the Foundation is continuing to review requests daily and sending awards by direct deposit.
“As the community needs evolve, I’m confident our use of the funds will evolve to meet those needs,” Owens said. “We continue to receive worthy applications as fast as we can respond, and we hope that businesses and individuals will continue to view the Prompt Response Fund as a way to effectively support the nonprofits who are providing crucial support for Arlington’s most vulnerable residents.”