United Way gets $50,000 grant to fight impact of COVID-19

By Hannibal Courier-Post
Posted: Mar. 31, 2020 9:21 am Updated: Mar. 31, 2020 9:23 am

HANNIBAL | The United Way of the Mark Twain Area has received a $50,000 investment from the Missouri Foundation for Health for the organization's COVD-19 Response Fund.

“We're both stunned and gratified by this investment in the people of Northeast Missouri. We are committed to putting this money to good use helping the thousands of people affected by COVID-19. We will be good stewards,” said United Way vice president and campaign chairman Forrest Gossett.

Dollars given to the fund are directed to local non-profit organizations that are assisting individuals with their needs during this time. Many local organizations are increasing their services, having to provide services differently or are creating new programs to help individuals with needs due to COVID-19.

Local non-profit organizations providing direct needs-based services in Lewis, Marion, Monroe, Ralls, or Shelby counties are invited to apply for funds from the COVID-19 Response Fund at unitedwaymta.org/special-initiatives

United Way has awarded several mini-grants from their COVID-19 Response Fund thus far.

  • $1,000 – Douglass Community Services to purchase food for their emergency food pantry
  • $1,000 – To Harvest Outreach Ministries for the Loaves and Fishes Program $1,500 – To Paris Senior Center to help support their senior feeding efforts
  • $1,500 – To Monroe City Senior Nutrition Center to help support their senior feeding efforts

Those initial gifts were largely made possible due to a $7,000 donation from General Mills last month.

Individuals who wish to contribute toward the COVID-19 may mail donations to: United Way of the Mark Twain Area, 3062 Highway 61 North P.O. Box 81 Hannibal, MO 63401. Online donations may be made at unitedwaymta.org/donate.

More information is available by phone at 573-221-2761 or online at www.unitedwaymta.org.

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