Since March 24, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Kent County, Heart of West Michigan United Way, in partnership with local foundations and funders and the Kent County Essential Needs Task Force (ENTF), has implemented the Coronavirus Response Fund. The fund has supported nonprofits in Kent County who continue to serve vulnerable populations through the pandemic. Through May 14, 2020, over $2.6 million dollars have been granted to over 130 local organizations for direct basic needs services. As our state and local agencies and businesses begin to re-enter public spaces and modified workplaces, we recognize that many of our nonprofit partners continue to address the emergent community needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In keeping with Heart of West Michigan United Way’s mission to unite community resources to invest in solutions to reduce poverty in West Michigan, we will prioritize organizations and groups whose continued work benefits vulnerable individuals and families in Kent County. CRF Phase II funds will be directed primarily toward housing-related and mental/behavioral health services in Kent County.
United Way has been an integral part of Kent County for over 100 years. We have always played a unique role in connecting community resources to pressing community needs through direct programming, community engagement, and partnerships with local nonprofit.
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