United Way announces COVID-19 Action Fund Grants – Round 3

United Way Blackhawk Region proudly announces its latest round of COVID-19 Action Fund grants totaling $9,111.
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Three rounds of grants now total $66,761

(BLACKHAWK REGION) – United Way Blackhawk Region proudly announces its latest round of COVID-19 Action Fund grants totaling $9,111.

Three rounds of UWBR’s COVID-19 Action Fund grants now total $66,761. United Way’s volunteer-driven Community Impact Council is overseeing all requests for funding and releasing grants on a rolling basis, working to address both the acute and long-term recovery needs of the crisis.

The following nonprofit agencies received a COVID-19 Action Fund grant:

  • $6,350 to Janesville Boys & Girls Club to help provide equipment, supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure the health and safety of the Club children, staff, and families.
  • $2,761 to Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Rock County to reimburse volunteer drivers for delivering meals from food pantries in Beloit, Clinton, Janesville and Orfordville, to eligible individuals and families.

“Our community trusts United Way as its philanthropic partner because we have a unique finger on the ‘pulse’ of our region’s needs,” said United Way Blackhawk Region President and CEO Mary Fanning-Penny. “We steward generosity and direct dollars where they’re needed most, to local effective programs making the greatest impact.”

The fund was established to provide flexible resources to nonprofit programs in Rock County and northern Winnebago County that are directly supporting local, vulnerable residents and families.

“We want to remind service providers that eligibility for the COVID-19 Action Fund is open to all 501(c)(3) nonprofits and other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations or other public entities,” Fanning-Penny added. “This fund is designed to move resources quickly to meet the evolving needs of our region.”

About our COVID-19 Action Fund

Fundraising for the COVID-19 Action Fund has reached $283,150; $100,000 of which was seeded by United Way Blackhawk Region reserves. Generous donations of all sizes have been made to the Action Fund by 213 local donors and community-minded organizations. A complete donor list may be viewed at LiveUnitedBR.org/COVID-19.

How to donate

While United Way is winding down its fundraising for the COVID-19 Action Fund, donations will still be accepted. Anyone interested in making a gift of any size can visit LiveUnitedBR.org/COVID-19 or text “GiveCovid” to 41444.

Checks made payable to United Way Blackhawk Region’s Action Fund may also be mailed to 205 N. Main St., Suite 101, Janesville, WI 53545.

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