First Round of Grants Released
Lafayette, Indiana– United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, and Greater Lafayette Commerce are happy to announce the first round of grant recipients funded through the Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund.
Through a condensed RFP process, direct funding will be made to nonprofit organizations and other agencies on the front lines helping our community throughout this unprecedented health crisis.
Home with Hope- provides a continuum of care, often following primary treatment or detox for alcoholism and substance use disorder, for men and women age 18 and older. They help clients learn how to live their lives as productive members of the community, free from addiction and substance use, by providing an environment conducive to recovery. This includes strict monitoring and structure, case management, group and individual counseling, recovery coaching, random drug and alcohol screening, and the opportunity to seek employment and work in the community. COVID-19 Response Funds will allow up to 20 residents to receive financial assistance for a period of 4 weeks if they become unemployed.
Food Finders Food Bank – In response to COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, Food Finders moved to a drive-thru distribution model for the J.P. Lisack Community Food Pantry beginning the week of March 23rd. Food Finders experienced a 30% increase in households served every day that the distribution was offered. This is an increase from the average 350 households that are typically served during normal operational hours. The cost to Food Finders to pre-pack boxes for distribution is $10 per box or per household. Boxes include shelf-stable items, frozen protein and bagged produce. In order to further limit interactions between staff, volunteers and clients, they offer distribution twice a week, encouraging households to come to one distribution per week while offering more food at each interaction.
Lafayette School & West Lafayette School Corporations- Food Distribution- As school buildings closed and moved to online learning, a need was immediately recognized. Many children in our community rely on free and reduced breakfast and lunch during the week and struggle to access healthy food. With support from many local companies, organizations, and volunteers, free meals were provided to children in our community from March 19th through March 27. This gave the school corporations time to develop a plan to carry out throughout the remainder of the school closure period. A total of 9,330 meals were served during this time.
LTHC Homeless Services, formerly Lafayette Transitional Housing Center, is the coordinated point of entry and initial assessment for anyone experiencing homelessness or a housing crisis in Tippecanoe County and connects them to the supportive housing and services they need. Funds from the Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund will ensure that LTHC can continue to meet any emergency needs as they arise and keep individuals and families safely housed. This includes tenants that have been assisted through rapid rehousing in the past 90 days but have lost income due to COVID-19’s effect on local employers, and guests who are working and able to sustain housing but cannot afford the up-front expenses to get housed.
Lafayette Urban Ministry’s Good Samaritan Program is an emergency financial assistance program that provides our community’s most vulnerable families and children with a strong and reliable safety net. Help is available for utility bills, rent, and prescription medications. Funds will be used to assist low-income families directly affected by employment disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Matrix LifeCare Center- In addition to providing free pregnancy education (now online), counseling, and limited health care, they also provide free baby and parenting supplies to families in Greater Lafayette! Matrix provides baby clothes, diapers, blankets, maternity clothes, toys and other baby supplies free of charge. In response to COVID-19, emergency supplies to assist women and families with essentials that their children and babies need, including diapers, wipes, formula, and clothing. All services and goods are free of charge.
The Salvation Army’s mission to “do the most good” and offering hope includes providing resources to meet the most basic of human needs. Additional funding given through the COVID-19 Response Fund will assist in keeping families housed and utilities on during the government’s “shelter in place” mandate. For example, additional funding will assist families experiencing a loss of income with: rent assistance and utility bills to reduce chances of disconnection when the freeze has been lifted by utility companies.
Tippecanoe County Health Department- Due to COVID-19 emergency response, a safe zone shelter will be set up in Tippecanoe County for at-risk families. Funds will be used to obtain the supplies needed to set up this emergency safe zone shelter.
Wabash Center- Wabash Center Direct Support Professionals work in close direct contact with individuals with disabilities. As cases of COVID-19 become more prevalent in the Greater Lafayette Area, fewer DSP’s will and are available to assist in the care of persons with disabilities in Wabash Center’s 24-hour settings. Money from the response fund will increase the supply of Personal Protective Equipment for DSP’s and discretionary funding to provide hazard pay for DSPs working in sites with positive or presumptive positive cases of COVID-19.
YWCA- Domestic Violence Intervention Prevention Program serves a highly vulnerable population of victims of violent crime who often are unemployed or single income earners with dependent children, and living in poverty. COVID-19 will reduce options to seek safety for domestic violence survivors because there are fewer services and interventions available. Our shelter may not have space available, courts might not be processing all cases, and doctors might not have time to make referrals. Our clients most commonly work in industries most impacted by COVID-19 layoffs, such as restaurants. Financial hardship and instability are drivers that force victims back to abusers as they struggle to maintain self-sufficiency. Financial assistance for survivors to cover the basics including rent, mortgages, utilities, childcare, medical costs and prescriptions, phone and Internet, and essential household items. Additionally, funds will cover necessities required to maintain infectious disease protocols such as large quantities of disinfectants and hand sanitizer equipment and emergency divider screen to assist in the mitigation of spread.
Over $130,000 in Funds Goes to Local Organizations
The Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund, announced March 19, with The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, Greater Lafayette Commerce, and a host of companies and organizations launched with $110,000 in seed money. In the days following, individual as well as corporate contributions have grown the fund to approximately $160,000.
“We are very pleased by the contributions that the Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund has received to date and we’re even more excited to be able to get those funds into the community helping provide needed resources to partners who are working directly with individuals and families. We will continue to make allocations from the fund as we receive additional contributions,” says Michael Budd, CEO of United Way of Greater Lafayette.
Support funds will continue to be released on a rolling basis throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of this crisis, making it possible to deploy resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs. United Way of Greater Lafayette will continue to administer grants from the Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund with oversight from a special collection of the Community Investment Committee comprised of community leaders from diverse segments of the Greater Lafayette Community. Non-profits and organizations interested in providing resources to our community may contact Michael Budd at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Million at email@example.com for an application.
Initial priorities will focus on the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations resulting from closures and support community safety nets such as food insecurity, rent, and utility assistance, mental health and substance use, and childcare. Funds will help fill gaps for nonprofits until federal and other funding are released. United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, and Greater Lafayette Commerce continue to monitor the needs of our nonprofit network as this crisis continues to impact Greater Lafayette. Individuals and families impacted and in need of support can visit www.uwlafayette.org/covid19-help or call 2-1-1.
To donate to the COVID-19 Response Fund, visit www.uwlafayette.org/covid19 or send a check to 1114 E State Street, Lafayette, Indiana 47905. Please include “COVID19” in the memo. United Way of Greater Lafayette will continue to update details for donors and nonprofits via social media.
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.