Published in the Guilford Courier (Dec. 1, 2020)
Almost exactly eight months after launching its COVID-19 Response Fund meant to support struggling non-profits, healthcare workers, art institutions, and individuals during the pandemic, the Guilford Foundation announced it has paid out almost $140,000 into the community, providing a desperately needed lifeline to more than 20 local organizations and hundreds of families.
With an initial goal of raising $20,000 to provide stop-gap relief until government benefits would kick in, initial donations to the fund quickly rocketed past that number as donors made sure that despite the continued onslaught of the pandemic and fading support from Washington D.C., their neighbors could continue paying bills and receiving important services.
“We’re still in the middle of this crisis, obviously,” Guilford Foundation Executive Director Liza Petra said. “But what I’m particularly thinking about…at the end of the year is how grateful I am to this community to just step up when the need is there.”