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Dayton Strong: Coronavirus fund set up to help area nonprofits during response

The Dayton Foundation and United Way of the Greater Dayton Area have started a new fund to provide grants for crucial necessities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The foundation, in partnership with the United Way, says it will provide “flexible resources” to nonprofits that are on the frontlines of the coronavirus response.

Grants are meant to complement the work of health officials and expand the community’s ability to respond effectively to the crisis, officials say.

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Grants will be awarded to community groups that help provide basic every day needs, like food, shelter, safety; mental health services; and assistance to people who lost work or have experienced reduced hours because of the outbreak.

“We are urgently aware of the difficulties individuals and families are facing as employers, organizations and our community do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk to our more vulnerable populations,” said J. Thomas Maultsby, president and CEO of the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area. “As this public health emergency continues to unfold, the coalition will do its part to help provide assistance in meeting urgent basic needs.”

Contributions to the fund may be made online at www.daytonfoundation.org/ccgift.html, or by mailing a check to The Dayton Foundation, 1401 S. Main Street, Suite 100, Dayton, OH 45409. “COVID-19 Response Fund” or “Fund #1652” should be designated on the check or in the credit card form’s fund name field.

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Nonprofit organizations may apply for a grant starting Wednesday, March 18 through the Foundation’s website at www.daytonfoundation.org and the United Way’s website at www.dayton-unitedway.org.

United Way’s 211 HelpLink also is available 24 hours for individuals needing information about community resources, basic needs assistance and other social services.

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