$85K Deployed to Nonprofits Helping with Shelter, Housing

Staff Report From Athens CEO

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

The COVID-19 Community Response Fund, hosted by the Athens Area Community Foundation in partnership with United Way of Northeast Georgia, announced its second round of grant distributions to 18 nonprofits today. Informed by data from United Way of Northeast Georgia’s 211 and the Athens Wellbeing Project, community insight, and county government knowledge, the second round of fund deployment went to organizations providing shelter and housing assistance in response to the pandemic. A total of $85,000, 35% of current funds, were dispersed to nonprofits across the 12-county region.  Grants were focused on nonprofits supporting individuals and families affected by, or at risk for, homelessness and partner violence, as well as individuals living with chronic conditions, behavioral health, and substance use disorders.

The recipients of the second round of grants include:

Acceptance Recovery Center

Advantage Behavioral Health Systems

Athens Area Homeless Shelter

Bigger Vision

Circle of Love

Family Promise

Georgia Options

Heart Haven (NEGACDV)

Hope Haven

Peace Place

Potter’s House

Project Adam

Project Safe

The Salvation Army (Athens)

St. Vincent de Paul

Supporting Immigrant Families in Crisis

The Ark

The Cancer Foundation

“Philanthropy has a role in good times and in bad. Our region has an incredible culture of giving and sharing, all of which has been magnified by this public health crisis. Through the COVID-19 Community Response Fund, we have been able to mobilize generosity and match resources to the growing needs of our community.” said Sarah McKinney, President and CEO of the Athens Area Community Foundation.

“A stable and safe home is critical, and especially now when we are all encouraged to stay home in order to stay healthy,” said Kay Keller, President and CEO of United Way of Northeast Georgia. “A place to weather the storm – physically, emotionally and mentally – is something every person deserves. We are thankful for these organizations who are ensuring people have that, whether that’s being able to stay in their own home with rent assistance or find shelter through one of these organizations so they can hopefully sleep more soundly and safely.”

The Athens Area Community Foundation and United Way of Northeast Georgia are grateful for the financial stewardship of more than 315 individuals, organizations and businesses. We are especially thankful for the major gifts and contributions from CareSource Foundation, First American Bank & Trust, Foundation for the Carolinas, Georgia Power Foundation, Dr. Ross and Leigh Campbell and Georgia Skin Cancer and Aesthetic Dermatology, The Caterpillar Foundation, The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation, Truist, and Athens Area Community Foundation Fundholders.