Several South Jersey nonprofits on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic have been awarded grants, officials said Tuesday.
The Community Foundation of South Jersey announced its the fourth round of grants from its COVID-19 Response Fund, according to a news release. Twenty-one grants totaling $180,000 were awarded to local nonprofits.
“This fourth round of grants continues to address urgent basics of families and modifications to services for nonprofit organizations,” said CFSJ Executive Director Andy Fraizer. “All of these organizations are deeply embedded in the fabric of their communities. They inspire us and remind us of the tremendous need that exists, and the amount of support required to address and recover from the health, social and economic impacts of the pandemic.”
South Jersey nonprofits who received the latest round of grants include:
Arc of Cape May County, Dennis Township: With a grant of $10,000, the Arc will purchase equipment and train staff to continue delivering social outreach support, remote enrichment activities and enhance residents’ access to health care through new telemedicine technology across 17 group homes and assisted-living apartments in Cape May County.
CASA of Atlantic and Cape May counties, Somers Point: With a grant of $5,000, CASA will purchase equipment and train volunteers to continue advocating for foster youth in Atlantic and Cape May counties remotely. The grant funds an online case management system.
Faith Baptist Church, Pleasantville: With a grant of $3,000, the church will purchase equipment to continue distributing food to the Pleasantville community.
Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties, Margate: With a grant of $10,000, JFS will continue operating its food pantry, provide transportation for seniors to access medical services, and provide homeless and telehealth services.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Millville: With a grant of $3,000, St. Paul’s will work with local partners to purchase fresh produce to supplement existing food donations to Millville families.
To date, the foundation has awarded $663,000 to 74 organizations serving Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem counties.
“During these extremely challenging times, we are inspired by how our generous donors and partners are to help us meet the needs and disruptions,” said Wanda Hardy, chair of the foundation’s Community Leadership and Engagement Committee. “The foundation is committed to working with our partners to address immediate needs and to plan for the longer-term recovery of South Jersey communities.”
The South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund is part of a national movement of more than 400 community foundations that have provided more than $900 million to ameliorate the public health and economic effects of the pandemic, according to the release. Since March, South Jersey residents, businesses and philanthropists have contributed more than $1 million.
“As the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve, the needs of individuals and families are changing and becoming more urgent,” Fraizer said. “There is no doubt that some people will fall through the cracks of available services and support. Philanthropy can address its best role by targeting resources to help fill gaps left by the government response.”
For more information, visit southjerseyresponse fund.org.