Through the generosity of a Staunton couple, the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge has established a COVID-19 Local Response Fund with an initial charitable contribution of $100,000. As the local ramifications of this pandemic continue to unfold daily, everyone’s desire to make a difference is growing. Contributing to this new fund is one of many ways in which anyone can participate.
The new fund will provide resources directly to charitable organizations supporting the residents of Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County impacted by COVID-19 and the economic consequences of this pandemic. Guiding the distribution of resources will be a partnership consisting of the Community Foundation, United Way, Augusta Health, CAPSAW, officials from Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, business leaders, and others.
Input from the nonprofit sector, churches, fire and rescue, and other organizations on the front line of the local response will play a critical role in identifying and understanding specific issues facing local residents. Additionally, the partnership will coordinate its effort closely with local officials responsible for the distribution of State and Federal resources.
The Community Foundation also pledges to contribute the fee for its administration of this fund. As a result, 100% of every contribution will benefit local residents.
100% of the contributions made to this fund will provide resources directly to the charitable organizations supporting those in our community who have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and the consequences that follow this pandemic.
The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge serves the independent cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, and the counties of Augusta, Nelson, and Highland in Virginia. As one of the area's largest philanthropic institutions, we are committed to careful stewardship of and thoughtful investment in our region's future.
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