Portage County COVID-19 Relief Fund distributes more than $270,000 in funding

Stevens Point, WI (May 26, 2020) – The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin and United Way of Portage County maintain their efforts to solicit funds and provide assistance to direct relief organizations through the Portage County COVID-19 Relief Fund (PCCRF).

To-date, the Portage County COVID-19 Relief Fund has awarded a total of $276,017 to twelve local nonprofit organizations in Portage County working to address critical needs due to the COVID-19 outbreak. These funds provide non-profit agencies and social sector organizations in Portage County with resources for individuals and families negatively impacted by the pandemic.

On May 22nd, funds were distributed to Salvation Army and to CAP Services – Sib Pab (Helping Hands) Meal Project. The Meal Project provides culturally appropriate meals to Hmong Elders in the community. Salvation army received funding to provide rent and/or mortgage assistance, as well as food baskets and gas cards or monthly bus passes to individuals and families disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

For a full list of organization that received funding, please visit www.cfcwi.org or www.unitedwaypoco.org.

The Portage County COVID-19 Relief Fund (PCCRF) was established in a partnership with the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, United Way of Portage County and generous community donors.

All community members are encouraged to join this effort by making a gift in any amount to this fund. Small or large, every gift can make a difference in lives of our family, friends, and neighbors. Make a gift online at www.unitedwaypoco.org/donate. Checks can be mailed to United Way of Portage County at 1100 Centerpoint Drive #302 (ATTN: PCCRF), Stevens Point, WI 54481.

Organizations interested in reviewing application criteria and/or applying for assistance should go online to cfcwi.org. Individuals in need of assistance should call the United Way 2-1-1 help line for information on programming and direct assistance with critical needs as a result of fallout due to the coronavirus. Hmong and Spanish translators are available. 2-1-1 is a free and confidential 24/7 help line.