Stronger Together: Support Pours in for COVID-19 Community Response Fund

The Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin in partnership with United Way of Marathon County opened the COVID-19 Community Response Fund to address the local needs of nonprofits in our area this past week. Since the opening of the fund, both organizations have been met with a tremendous amount of support, raising over $160,000 within the first week.

The Fund, designed to provide flexible funding for organizations working in our community who are disproportionately impacted during this time, gave out its first grants totaling $51,000 as of March 27, 2020. We feel proud to have supported the following organizations in this first week of grantmaking.

Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area
To provide take home, hot, nutritious dinners along with high yield activity packets, books, and craft activities to assist with out-of-school learning to anyone under the age of 18.

Bridge Street Mission
Will provide sack lunches to students living near the downtown Wausau area, who might not have transportation access to other food distribution sites.

Community Center of Hope
Will provide self-serve, pre-packed bags of food and essential hygiene products to residents in the Mosinee area.

Faith in Action of Marathon County
To provide essential health-related transportation and food security trips for the most vulnerable populations affected by COVID-19.

Hmong American Center
To educate the elderly Hmong and Southeast Asian community about COVID-19 and to provide food and essentials items to the homebound community members they serve.

Key to Life Christian Child Care
To provide operational funds for the center to remain open and provide high-quality care for children of parents in our community who are essential workers.

North Central Community Action Program
Will provide for emergency rental and utility assistance to income-eligible households.

Wisconsin Judicare
To provide for technology needs that will allow homebound staff to continue providing legal assistance in processing applications for its clients.

Applications will be reviewed for COVID-19 Fund awards bi-weekly. Nonprofit agencies serving Marathon County are encouraged to apply via the Community Foundation’s website. By simply filling out a five-question application, your organization will be considered to receive up to $10,000 based on need.

Every dollar donated into the fund will be put into action in the community. The Community Foundation is waiving all administrative fees for this fund. Looking ahead, we anticipate organizations needing immediate basic needs relief, short-term response and longer-term recovery in Marathon County. We encourage you to continue supporting this cause in any way you can.

Together, we will come through this time better and stronger as a community united.