EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Region has announced its 13th round of allocations, granting nearly $300,000 to all eight nonprofit applicants who applied.
Organizers say in total, the response fund has distributed more than $2.9 million to non-profits in the five-county region who are responding to needs related to the pandemic and the region’s recovery.
This round of allocations will help provide funding for an emergency domestic violence shelter, recruitment of mentors for vulnerable children impacted by COVID-related stress, transportation for chemo patients, food for children in foster care, mental health medication assistance, and building a resilient and diverse downtown.
As part of this round, the Salvation Army in Evansville received $125,000 to continue providing COVID-19 emergency financial assistance focusing on rent and mortgage, utilities and other critical living needs.
Response fund officials say the Salvation Army has also received a commitment from the Divisional Office to match up to $125,000. Much of that money is going towards paying bills and rent for those who have been impacted by the pandemic.
“People have been out of work, people have lost jobs, people have greatly reduced hours, and people just wondering how in the world am I going to stay in my home, how I’m going to pay my rent, my mortgage. And so these funds are a tremendous help to families,” said Major Mark Turner.
A single father of two, Michael Duckworth says it’s been a financial struggle while looking for a new job.
“My meeting was about them paying for my rent. Little did I know, they just got a new grant, so now I’ve got my Vectren paid too,” shared Duckworth. “I feel like it’s my birthday with Christmas mixed in it. Because doing it by yourself, and just having a little bit of resources to stay afloat, it’s hard. And then you come here and you get out of the drowning situation, ‘oh I’m above water now. I’m back, I’m floating.”
The money that helped Duckworth is from the COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund.
“This COVID-19 situation has just affected people that never thought that they would be coming to the Salvation Army for assistance,” said Major Turner.
For guys like Nathanial Morris-Moss, it’s tough to pay electricity bills while trying to provide for his mother who is ill and looking for a job.
“Especially being visually impaired. I have a lot of things in my house that I have to use that are talking technology, so it’s very important,” explained Morris-Moss.
Nathanial says don’t be afraid to reach out for help, and he’s glad he did.
13th round funding recipients:
- Albion Fellows Bacon Center – Evansville - Awarded $35,000
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Indiana – Evansville - Awarded $47,000
- Chemo Buddies – Evansville - Awarded $21,500
- Downtown Evansville Community Development Corp. – Evansville - Awarded $34,000
- Isaiah 117 House – Evansville - Awarded $5,000
- Mental Health America of Vanderburgh County – Evansville - Awarded $17,200
- New Harmony Ministry Association, Inc. – New Harmony - Awarded $15,000
- The Salvation Army – Evansville - Awarded $125,000