Five coronavirus response grants awarded to Dayton area organizations

The Dayton Foundation and United Way of the Greater Dayton Area awarded the first COVID-19 Response Fund grants for five area not-for-profit organizations.

The grants total $70,500 and will help in providing emergency, basic human services to people in the Greater Dayton region.

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The grants include:

• Senior Resource Connection: $30,000 to help buy 8,000 frozen, home-delivered meals to senior citizens.

• Hannah's Treasure Chest: $15,000 to help provide care packages including essential items for children in need.

• Health Partners Free Clinic: $15,000 to help meet the needs of an increase in patients needing medications and supplies.

• Dayton Right to Life: $6,000 to help meet an increased need for diapers and infant formula.

• Victory Project: $4,500 to help provide weekly care packages of food and cleaning supplies to families in need.

“The COVID-19 Response Fund for Greater Dayton is an excellent start to what will be ongoing efforts to remedy the impact of COVID-19 on our community,” said J. Thomas Maultsby, president and CEO of the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area.

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The fund is approaching $700,000, but more is expected to be needed.

“COVID-19 affects all of us, but none more than our most vulnerable neighbors who already struggle with hunger, homelessness and poverty,” said Michael M. Parks, president of The Dayton Foundation. “We have shown time and time again over the past 10 months that we are a resilient and caring community, and all of our support and generosity is needed during this crisis. No gift is too small.”

You can donate via credit card or Dayton Foundation fund transfers at www.daytonfoundation.org. The Dayton Foundation is paying all credit card processing fees and waiving administration fees so that all donations will go to charity.

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Nonprofit organizations helping with immediate basic needs, including food, housing, mental health and safety, in response to coronavirus can apply for a grant at daytonfoundation.org.

Applicants will be reviewed by the distribution committee on an on-going basis to meet immediate funding needs.

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