The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, in partnership with the Dogwood Health Trust, announced the activation of its Emergency and Disaster Response Fund to accept and strategically disburse funds to address COVID-19 pandemic response and relief efforts in 18 counties of Western North Carolina including the Qualla Boundary. To ensure we are all making a collective and strategic impact, DHT and CFWNC reached out to other funders across WNC to join in this effort. AMY Wellness Foundation’s Board of Directors unanimously decided to contribute $50,000 to this fund.
“Our commitment to the health and wellness of our community is unwavering during this public health crisis. This regional partnership will help human service organizations to continue their great work and response to this tenacious virus,” said Dr. Randy Ellis, Board Chair, AMY Wellness Foundation. “The best thing we can do right now is to provide support to those who need it. By partnering with other funders who have capacity and experience in emergency response funding we know we are making the best collective impact possible.”
The Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations with experience addressing basic needs and filling public health gaps. The goal is to help regional front-line nonprofit organizations quickly meet increasing demands. “In situations like this, nonprofits are already positioned to help our communities and join other first responders,” said CFWNC President Elizabeth Brazas. “We are asking people to give to this effort in addition to, not instead of, their ongoing support for regional organizations. Together, we can expand local capacity to address all aspects of the pandemic as efficiently as possible.”
AMY is encouraging organizations in need of this support to apply for funding. Community members can also help support local organizations by contributing personally to this fund by visiting the CFWNC website. https://cfwnc.org/