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.
A COVID-19 Response Fund has been created by the United Way of the Mark Twain Area to help partner organizations better serve clients during disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Executive Director Denise Damron said some of the area's most vulnerable individuals have been affected by the precautions that are designed to lower the risk of spreading the virus.
Many of the nutrition centers have stopped congregate feeding and will face new challenges and costs in getting food to clients.
“My understanding is that senior centers get paid for the individuals that come in their doors. They're not going to have those headcounts and these places are needed now more than ever before,” Damron said.
Damron said on Friday that General Mills has donated $7,000 to get the fund launched. United Way will set priorities to distribute the money.