HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - The coronavirus is also having a big impact on the personal finances of some people in Henderson.
The Henderson Employee Relief Fund aims to aid those who have lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a release sent on Tuesday, it was announced the Henderson Fiscal Court and Henderson Board of Commissioners will both be chipping in to assist the fund in helping more people.
The court voted Tuesday morning to approve $100,000 to the fund, while the board of commissioners will provide an additional $50,000.
The commissioners are also asking the boards of the Henderson Water Utility and Henderson Municipal Power and Light to provide $25,000 each to bring the entire city relief package to $100,000.
The Employee Relief Fund was initiated by the Men’s Bourbon Society of Henderson. Society members tell 14 News they have already reached their goal of raising $500,000 for community relief.
These funds go to help displaced workers with living expenses like rent, mortgage and utility payments, but city leaders say their work is far from done.
“You have these moments when you feel good, but you can’t get to feeling too good when there’s too many people out there still suffering,” HERF Steering Committee Member Joel Hooper said. “We have some chores ahead of us, but it’s nice to see our community again step up.”
“It was really great that we had leaders in our community set up a process so that something could be done to provide some relief,” Henderson Public Information Officer Donna Stinnett said. “We’re doing our part, and hoping that with the city and county pitching in a share, this will help that organization on toward their goal.”
The deadline to apply for funds is Thursday, April 15.
Applications are available at the drive-through windows at the Henderson Municipal Center and the Field & Main Bank location at 1720 East Second Street.
Henderson Christian Community Outreach is administering the applications.