Gifts go out from United Way COVID-19 Response Fund, Appalachia Service Project

Sue Guinn Legg • Apr 6, 2020 at 11:22 PM

The United Way of Washington County has awarded $33,100 of funds donated to its COVID-19 Response Fund to nine nonprofit partner agencies addressing community needs related to the novel coronavirus.

The United Way announced the disbursements Friday as “a first round” of allocations that will continue to go out as local COVID needs evolve.

According to a press release issued Friday to announce the disbursements, the United Way will continue awarding monetary support to local nonprofit organizations that are addressing health, educational and economic challenges resulting from the virus, “depending on donations to the fund.”

The next round of funding will be open to any nonprofit organization engaged in COVID-19 relief efforts in the Washington County area, including those that do not receive annual United Way support. Details about agency eligibility and how to apply for the funding are posted on the United Way of Washington County website.

First Round Funding Recipients

• Adult Day Services, $500 for cleaning supplies and hygiene items to be distributed to day service clients who will be at home through the shutdown.

• Appalachia Service Project, $5,000 to supplement the costs of the protective Plexiglas shields installed by ASP at the front desks of Washington County Community Health Center and other health care facilities in the county.

In addition to the shields, ASP on Thursday presented a large donation of personal protection equipment to Ballad Health, including 3,000 N95 face masks, 1,200 pairs of safety glasses, 250 disposable cover-alls, latex gloves, sanitizing cleaner and more than 40 first-aid kits.

•Contact 211, $5,000 to increase staff and capacity for the local resource referral telephone hotline.

• Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachia, $600 for Troop 978’s operation of a temporary food pantry at the Little Free Library for children located outside Southside Elementary School.

• Johnson City Schools, $4,000 to boost the school system’s Caring Closet program for families in need and to help meet child care costs for parents working in health care facilities and other essential jobs.

- Keystone Dental Care, $5,000 to help provide telemedicine equipment as in-office visits are limited to emergency care during the COVID-19 shutdown.

- Frontier Health, $3,000 to help the increased number of people seeking assistance from Safe House domestic violence shelter as the result of stay-at-home orders.

- Second Harvest Food Bank, $5,000 to help meet the cost of increased school and mobile pantry food distributions.

- Johnson City Salvation, $5,000 to provide children in the ministry’s youth program with a six-week supply of snacks, Bible lessons and supplies for educational activities and STEM projects that can be done at home, and food bags and hand sanitizer for the children’s families.

The United Way COVID Response Fund was established to provide flexible resources for nonprofit organizations working with people disproportionately impacted by the virus and its economic consequences.

Donations to the fund may be designated for the Washington County online at NETNSWVARelief.org or made by mail to P.O. Box 4039, Johnson City, TN  37602-4039. The United Way is covering all administrative fees so that 100 percent of all donations will be used to meet community needs.