United Way of North Central Ohio established the Community Relief Fund (CRF) as soon as the first Ohio coronavirus-related shutdowns began in mid-March and immediately began accepting donations from major corporations, local businesses, and generous individuals.
The first applications for CRF grants were received on March 30, with the initial wave of funds being distributed in early April to programs that included emergency shelter services, food pantries and distribution services, and funds for PPE and emergency supplies for local health departments. Programs providing childcare services for essential workers and virtual visits for seniors in nursing homes were also funded in the first wave.
As the local response focus shifts from emergency relief to long-term recovery, grant applicants are providing families with employment and financial services, mental health counseling, and legal services, while continuing to meet the immediate demands for food, shelter, and emergency funds. In May, the UWNCO Community Relief Fund transitioned to the Community Recovery Fund.
The following organizations have received funding from the UWNCO Community Recovery Fund (this list is updated as funds are granted):