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COVID-19 Response Fund makes second round disbursements

Sue Guinn Legg • May 2, 2020 at 7:00 AM

The United Way of Washington County’s COVID-19 Response Fund has disbursed an additional $18,000 to local nonprofit agencies providing services to people impacted by the coronavirus outbreak and its economic fallout.

The recent disbursements bring the total allocation of community contributions to the fund to $72,225, including nearly $10,000 in Food City gift certificates provided by Eastman Credit Union for distribution to by public schools to families with students receiving meals by pickup and delivery.

The $18,000 distributed this week includes $5,000 for Good Samaritan Ministries’ daily distribution of 20 boxes of food for low income individuals, families and seniors who are isolated because of the virus. The funds will be used to increase the size of the ministry’s food boxes in order to allow the recipients to remain at home longer.

Appalachia Service Project also received $5,000 from the fund to help continue its installation of plexiglass shields at health care offices in the county and to make home repairs for people who lost employment in the COVID-19 shutdown.

Project Access received $4,500 to provide 500 kits of hygiene and health care products for people who are homeless.

Frontier Health received $3,000 for personal protection equipment for its residential Turning Point facility for people with substance abuse issues that have increased with added stress of the shutdown and related job losses.

The First Tennessee Human Resource Agency’s Personal Support Services for seniors received $500 for personal protection equipment.

In addition to the Food City gift certificates for area schools, the Washington County COVID-19 Fund previously distributed $33,100 to nine of its year-round partner agencies that have adapted their programs to serve people impacted by the virus.

The fund was established to serve as a hub for donations to support local nonprofit organizations with “boots on the ground” to respond to both immediate and long-term needs arising from the public health crisis.

Those who wish to contribute to the fund may make donations online at usowc.org/covid-19 or by calling the United Way at 423-220-1229.

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