Life in Delaware County

County United Way Grants More Than $300,000 In Emergency COVID Relief Grants

2 Jul , 2020  

United Way of Delaware County’s Covid-19 Community Relief Fund, established just one day after local schools closed in March, has now raised and granted more than $300,000 in emergency assistance to organizations serving the community.

A total of $306,067 has been raised through a combination of gifts from residents, service clubs, foundations, corporations and local governments. Of the funds raised, 100% have been invested in local community programs.

“This was an unprecedented crisis and we felt that it was important to donate our staff expense to the effort so that every penny given was spent directly on urgent community needs” said United Way of Delaware County President, Brandon Feller. “I am so proud of the impact we were able to make through the generous donations from the community. Our role is to serve as a community convener and problem-solver and through the leadership of our Board of Directors and staff, we were blessed to be able to act quickly to help” Feller said.

Below is a list of community grants made from the Community Response Fund:

  • Pathways to Hope Rent/Utility Assistance $119,000.00
  • Big Walnut Friends Who Share Food Assistance $1,000.00
  • Bridges Community Action Rent/Utility Assistance $10,000.00
  • Buckeye Valley Food Pantry Food Assistance $4,000.00
  • Columbus Legal Aid-Delaware Legal Assistance $5,000.00
  • Common Ground Free Store Food Assistance $6,500.00
  • Delaware City Schools Adult Meals $6,500.00
  • Delaware Speech and Hearing Telehealth/Teletherapy $5,000.00
  • Family Promise Refrigerator and Food Assistance/Shelter expense $10,000.00
  • Family Resource Center Food and Material Assistance $5,000.00
  • FEED Delaware Food Assistance $6,500.00
  • Grace Clinic Delaware Telehealth and Clinic Supplies $9,000.00
  • HelpLine Information and Referral $18,000.00
  • Kilbourne UMC Food Assistance $1,500.00
  • Lutheran Social Services Food Assistance $12,500.00
  • People in Need Housing and Food Assistance $32,500.00
  • Place of Warmth Shelter $4,567.00
  • Salvation Army Housing and Food Assistance $28,500.00
  • Second Ward Community Initiative Food Assistance $5,000.00
  • Sharing is Caring Food Assistance $3,500.00
  • Stratford Ecological Center Food Sustainability $2,500.00
  • Turning Point Shelter Costs $10,000.00

TOTAL $306,067.00

The community is encouraged to reach out for assistance as needed. Funds remain to help families that have been financially impacted by the closures with expenses such as mortgage, rent and utilities.

To learn more about assistance available, call Helpline (2-1-1) for a full list of programs or to apply for rent or utility assistance, visit:

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