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HADDONFIELD — Twenty-six nonprofit organizations received grants totaling $161,500 for COVID-19 response from the Community Foundation of South Jersey in its third round of funding.

“In a time of great stress and concern for our families and neighbors, we can take action and assert control by making a financial gift to a pooled resource and communal effort such as the COVID-19 Response Fund,” said CFSJ Executive Director Andy Fraizer. “Guided by Community Foundation knowledge regarding South Jersey communities and impactful nonprofits, the Fund is supporting a wide range of needs. We are grateful for the response to date from donors who have contributed to the Response Fund, yet we know our region’s recovery will be a long-term challenge, and we will continue to do all we can to support those who have been disproportionately affected.”

The COVID-19 Response Fund was set up to provide grants with three distinct phases. One round of grants was distributed as part of phase one totaling $100,000. Two rounds have now been distributed in phase two totaling $383,500, and it is anticipated that another round will be approved before phase three begins.

Since March when the fund was established, South Jersey neighbors, businesses and philanthropy across the state contributed more than $1,075,000. In that time, CFSJ has received 219 grant requests totaling more than $6 million from local nonprofits.

“We are proud to support our local nonprofits working on the front lines to care for our neighbors struggling during this unprecedented time,” said Wanda Hardy, chairperson of the Foundation’s Community Leadership and Engagement Committee. “Although we have entered phase two of New Jersey’s reopening, we know that there is still so much need in our communities, and that need will continue well into the future as we look towards the recovery response.”

Local grant awardees are:

• Appel Farm Arts & Music Campus – Elmer

• Atlantic City Rescue Mission – Atlantic City

• Calvary Baptist Church – Little Egg Harbor Township

• Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey – Toms River

• Coastal Volunteers in Medicine – Forked River

• Eastern Service Workers Association – Pleasantville

• Family Promise of Southern Ocean County – West Creek

• Hope Center – Toms River

• Jefferson Health New Jersey – Voorhees

• Meals on Wheels of Salem County – Salem

• MudGirls Studios – Linwood

• Oaks Integrated Care – Mount Holly

• Ocean County YMCA – Toms River

• Rural Development Corporation – Vineland

• The Huddle of South Jersey – Salem

To date, $483,500 has been awarded from the fund to organizations serving Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem counties.

Contact: 609-272-7251

CLowe@pressofac.com

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I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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