The Portage County COVID-19 Relief Fund (PCCRF) was established in a partnership with the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin and the United Way of Portage County to provide flexible resources to organizations working to address critical needs due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Two organizations, CAP Services and the Community Thrift Store of Portage County, were awarded $53,000 in funding. These funds provide non-profit agencies and social sector organizations in Portage County with resources for individuals and families negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
CAP Services: To provide direct assistance for basic needs including food insecurity, education interruption, employment reduction, housing vulnerability, medical access, and childcare. CAP Services is uniquely equipped with trained staff with experience providing confidential services to clients in times of need. Households that qualify for assistance will demonstrate an emergency financial need and will have experienced a recent loss of income and/or resources due to COVID-19.
Community Thrift Store of Portage County: To provide fresh produce or dairy to those in need through the Community Thrift Store Food Pantry.
Including these two organizations, the Portage County COVID-19 Relief Fund has awarded a total of $186,700 to date.
Mae Nachman, Director of Community Impact at United Way of Portage County, said, “The funding that has gone out has already helped so many in our Portage County Community. Quite a few of the recipients who have been impacted by the funding are individuals that have never had to reach out for assistance before. Due to unforeseen layoffs, unemployment, and other situations, these individuals were only one crisis away from needing support. It is so wonderful to have a community that is so supportive of its neighbors.”
Organizations interested in reviewing application criteria and/or applying for assistance should go online to cfcwi.org. Ongoing weekly fund requests by organizations providing direct services must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. Award decisions are made each Friday. The goal is to move resources quickly while adapting to ever-evolving needs.
Individuals in need of assistance should call the United Way 2-1-1 help line by simply dialing 2-1-1 (or 715-848-2255 or 800-922-5590) 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.
Community members are encouraged to join this effort by making a gift to this fund by donating online at www.unitedwaypoco.org/donate. Checks can be mailed to United Way of Portage County, 1100 Centerpoint Drive, #302 (ATTN: PCCRF), Stevens Point, WI 54481.