Mason County COVID-19 Response Fund Update
Mason County United Way and the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound have responded to COVID-19 with a respond fund that is supporting individuals and families that are the most disproportionately impacted by the economic fallout of the pandemic. So far, the Mason County COVID-19 Response Fund has distributed $44,500 and counting to targeted areas in Mason County where there is the most need. This includes community food banks, housing programs, and senior meal programs.
One grantee, the HUB Senior Center (Faith in Action), lost much of its revenue stream when the pandemic forced them to close programs, close the events and activities center they often rent out as a venue, and shut down their retail shop to protect their participants and volunteers. At the same time, they were seeing a much larger need among the people they serve. Beth Gizzi, Executive Director of the HUB, says the grant has been profoundly impactful. The HUB was able to partner with Mason Transit Authority and use the funds to deliver more than 12,000 pounds of food to the most vulnerable populations they serve, to folks staying in their homes to protect themselves from the virus.
“This would not have been possible without the support of the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound and the United Way of Mason County,” said Gizzi.
Crossroads Housing, led by Executive Director Tanya Frazier, was also the recipient of funds to support their community. Crossroads has a mission to move homeless families forward in life by supporting them in efforts to find sustainable permanent housing. Frazier says they used their grant funding from COVID-19 Response Fund to support several of their families from falling backwards – losing ground they’ve worked hard to gain. So far, Crossroads has funded three households, all of whom were laid off due to COVID-19. They are working hard to keep their families on track, one household at a time.
Frazier says, “I personally believe it makes a huge impact as these people are now not behind on rent and won’t have the stress of chasing debt or worrying that they will become homeless if they are unable to dig out of the debt of being behind on rent.”
Mason County grants are a collaborative and unified response, disbursed by a small group of people with awareness of the community and its needs:
- Ted Jackson, Executive Director, United Way of Mason County
- Karin Leaf, Business Outreach Manager, EDC of Mason County
- Jim Morrell, CEO Peninsula Credit Union & Vice Chair, Community Foundation of South Puget Sound
- Mindie Reule, President and CEO, Community Foundation of South Puget Sound
- Lisa Woodard, VP Shelton Branch Manager, Columbia Bank, Board Chair, United Way
We are also extremely grateful to our Mason County funding partners:
Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, United Way of Mason County, Green Diamond, Skookum Rotary Club, Shelton Rotary Club, North Mason Rotary Club, Kristmas Town Kiwanis, North Mason Kiwanis, Martha Reed Foundation, Premera Blue Cross, Medina Foundation, and the Perigee Fund.
Finally, this work could not be possible without the many community members who have supported the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound and the United Way of Mason County—and our COVID-19 response efforts. We can recover if we move through this uncertain and unprecedented time together.
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