United Way

The United Way of Clatsop County awarded a total of $11,500 from its COVID-19 Response Fund on Monday, May 18, to eight vital community organizations in a third round of grants to regional non-profit groups. Since the fund’s inception in April, more than $52,000 has been raised and $46,000 has been awarded to community non-profits battling the pandemic’s effects.

The most recent grants were awarded to:

· Clatsop CASA Program

· Clatsop Community Action – Housing Program

· Clatsop Community Action – Regional Food Bank

· Helping Hands

· The Harbor

· Lighthouse for Kids

· The Astoria Armory Community Center

· Camp Kiwanilong

The organizations have experienced combinations of a loss of fundraising opportunities while trying to manage operational costs, an increase in requests for services due the COVID-19 crisis, and in some cases, the inability to provide services during the pandemic.

The grants will help address: food insecurity; personal care items; rental and utility assistance; emergency housing and re-entry programs; and provide operational support. Additionally, there is a growing need for new technology to provide support and advocacy for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse while adhering to social distancing requirements.

A final grant cycle will start Wednesday, May 20, with application and donation deadlines of June 5. The remaining money in the Response Fund will be awarded and distributed to non-profit organizations that meet the application criteria the following week.

All donations to the fund are being distributed; none are being used for United Way’s operational and administrative costs. To donate or apply to the UWCC COVID-19 Response Fund prior to the June 5th deadlines, please visit www.clatsopunitedway.org. Checks can be mailed to the United Way at P.O. Box 775, Astoria OR 97103

The United Way of Clatsop County board of directors also extends a heartfelt thank you to all in the community who have contributed to the fund during the past six weeks. The generosity of the gifts have ranged from $10 to $10,000 from civic organizations, a private family trust, businesses and individual donors. Combined, the donations have allowed the fund to support non-profit organizations in trying to help those with urgent needs. As the region begins to re-open and recover from the pandemic and its long-lasting impacts, United Way funding will become more critical than ever before.

The mission of United Way of Clatsop County is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our Clatsop Communities. Donations, of any amount and at any time, can make a difference and are vitally important. One gift to United Way can touch the lives of thousands in Clatsop County. We can all make a difference, LIVING UNITED.

The UWCC COVID-19 Response Fund was initiated by the first community donation from the Lower Columbia Chief Petty Officer Association on April 1.

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