Working with community leaders, the Williamsburg Community Foundation has created a Community Emergency Response Fund to respond to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the greater Williamsburg area. City of Williamsburg Vice Mayor Douglas G. “Doug” Pons and Councilman Benming “Benny” Zhang have personally pledged $10,000 to seed the Community Emergency Response Fund. The Williamsburg Community Foundation has also committed $10,000 to the effort, thanks to the Genevieve K. Meder Trust, which was created to assist local people in natural disasters such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
This Community Emergency Response Fund will provide flexible grants to nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to our community’s most vulnerable citizens and support basic needs. This includes our service area of the City of Williamsburg, James City County, and upper York County.
The goal is to provide local nonprofits with the support they will use to help those residents most in need due to the economic downturn resulting from COVID-19. This could include seniors, children, those with health conditions, and those who work in tourism and hospitality. These grants will help those nonprofit organizations that directly assist residents who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic, and who may be in need of food, shelter, utilities and housing, or healthcare.
UPDATE: $57,600 in grants have been distributed so far from the Community Emergency Response Fund to 3e Restoration, Avalon Center, Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula, Grove Christian Outreach Center, Housing Partnerships, Rx Drug Access Partnership, Salvation Army, Williamsburg Faith in Action, Williamsburg Area Meals on Wheels and Williamsburg House of Mercy. Read more about the first and second round of grants on our website.
Williamsburg Community Foundation will be communicating with local nonprofits, the Williamsburg Health Foundation, and local government agencies to ensure that grants from this fund reach targeted populations most effected by COVID-19. Grants from this fund will not be provided to individuals, as individuals may seek assistance directly from agencies that receive grant funds. The next round of grants will go out in mid-May.
The Foundation is waiving its normal administrative fee, so that all funds received can be used to directly support our local nonprofit organizations In the future, if funds raised through the Community Emergency Response Fund are no longer needed for COVID-19 Pandemic relief, remaining funds will be reserved for future local disaster relief efforts.
Anyone can make a contribution to the Community Emergency Response Fund by giving online, mailing a contribution, or calling the office to give by credit card. In addition, the Foundation encourages local donors to continue to support nonprofits directly with monetary and in-kind donations, as you are able.
If you have questions about this fund, please contact Nancy Sullivan at email@example.com or call 757-259-1660.
To make a donation to the Community Emergency Response Fund, CLICK HERE.
To Donate by Check:
Make checks payable to “Williamsburg Community Foundation,” with “Community Emergency Response Fund” in the memo line.
Williamsburg Community Foundation
1323 Jamestown Road, Suite 103
Williamsburg, VA 23185
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The following organization are encouraging donations of food to assist those impacted by the economic downturn: