COVID-19 Response Fund
Joint Efforts of Local Organizations Bring Relief
Lafayette, Indiana- United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, and Greater Lafayette Commerce announce a joint effort to bring relief to the area’s most vulnerable individuals and families as well as funded partner agencies as our community begins to experience the short-term and long-term impacts of the coronavirus outbreak.
United Way of Greater Lafayette has spent the past week assessing the community’s most pressing needs through reaching out to funded partners with a goal of understanding how the recommendations of state and local officials may impact the day-to-day operations of each organization. In addition, United Way of Greater Lafayette was especially interested in learning how subject matter experts are developing solutions to continue to provide necessary support for individuals battling substance use and mental health challenges and will continue this effort as needs evolve.
The goal of the Tippecanoe County COVID-19 Response Fund is to rapidly deploy resources to local organizations that are offering emergency relief to families and individuals in need and to those who are looking for innovative means to continue to provide support networks for those who need it most.
United Way of Greater Lafayette would like to thank its lead partners listed above and First Farmers Bank & Trust, Security Federal Savings Bank, Huston Electric, IU Health, Kirby Risk, Lafayette Life Foundation, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, and Wabash National for their early contributions to help launch the COVID-19 Community Response Fund. Due to their generosity the fund is opening up for public contributions at $110,000. A hundred percent of the contributions to this fund will go toward response efforts right here in Tippecanoe County.
With your support, United Way and our partners plan to provide aid to those who may have the most difficult time recovering from financial setbacks such as seniors, children and low-income families. The fund will be used for a multitude of efforts to help with recovery, including:
- Food distribution to students affected by school closures and other food insecure populations that are isolated or lack access
- Rent, utility, and prescription medication assistance for those displaced by employment interruption
- Access to childcare for families effected by closures especially for essential medical and emergency response staff
- Services and shelter for people experiencing homelessness who lack the resources to stay safe and receive medical treatment
- Access to mental health and substance use services during a time when isolation can significantly impact progress
While economic relief is a large function of this effort, this is also an opportunity to harness the power of collective action. Several businesses, organizations, and individuals have reached out to offer assistance both financially and as volunteers. Offline donations can be mailed to 1114 E. State Street, Lafayette, Indiana 47905. Please include “COVID19” in the memo.
About United Way of Greater Lafayette: United Way of Greater Lafayette is on a mission to empower every person in this community to find their path to success from Cradle to Career. At United Way, we are more than fundraisers, we are the hand-raisers. We look for the community’s toughest challenges and bring people together to develop long-lasting impactful solutions. We believe that everyone can play a role in impacting the community. United We Win!
The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, established in 1970, serves the Tippecanoe County area. Its mission is to inspire, nurture, and practice philanthropy, stewardship, and leadership in the communities served. In 2019, The Community Foundation awarded $1.7 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations and scholarship recipients. For additional information, visit www.cfglaf.org or call 765-742-9078.
About Greater Lafayette Commerce: Greater Lafayette Commerce is a nonprofit membership organization supported by local businesses, industries and governments. Its mission is to advance economic and community prosperity for a superior quality of life. During this time, their top priority is the well-being and safety of their businesses, industries, and the community at large.