More than a year after the first North Carolina Healing Communities Fund grants were issued by the North Carolina Community Foundation, the fund has distributed $4.25 million to help provide critical resources for nonprofit organizations impacted by revenue loss and increased demand for services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's how the fund support nonprofit organizations throughout the state.
Albemarle Area United Way
“Without these funds many within our community would have suffered immeasurably,” said Bill Blake, executive director of the Albemarle Area United Way. “While we still have a long road ahead of us, the healing process has begun thanks to this amazing gift from the North Carolina Community Foundation. We are extremely grateful to have been entrusted with these funds to care for our fellow Carolinians.”
Bertie County YMCA
“Our revenue took a nosedive after having to close during the pandemic,” said Casey Owens, Executive Director of the Bertie County YMCA. “The North Carolina Healing Communities Fund grant was a bright light in a dark situation. The Bertie County YMCA is thankful that we were awarded a grant and can continue to serve our community.”
Jordan Peer Recovery, Buncombe County
“Jordan Peer Recovery is grateful for the generous support from NC Community Foundation to advance our Community Health Worker program,” said J Hackett, Executive Director. “We had already secured partners to advance our work but there was still a gap. Much of the funding we had was limited. NCCF had the foresight to understand the importance of infrastructure and capacity building to ensure longevity and system change. It is typical for those with privilege to share resources with marginalized communities to do good work. It is impressive when those resources are shared in a way that closes a gap to help them sustain their own work.”
El Futuro, Durham County
"Thanks to support from the NC Healing Communities Fund, North Carolina's Latino families have continued to receive renewed light and hope through services at El Futuro," said Kerry Brock, Director of Advancement & Strategy at El Futuro. "We are so grateful to everyone involved."
My Sister’s House, Nash County
“The pandemic has been devastating to everyone, especially nonprofits and victims of domestic violence,” said Emily Lemus, Executive Director of My Sister’s House. “Many of the COVID-related grants were not practical and didn't address the real needs of the agency. This grant addressed the increase of need, the decrease of income through fundraisers, and reduction of individual and business donation.”
Centro Unido Latino-Americano, McDowell County
“The Healing Communities funding was a lifesaver in a time where only program restricted funding was available,” said Margarita Ramirez, Executive Director of Centro Unido Latino-Americano. “This general operating support saved our organization while facing the pandemic.”
Communities In Schools of Caldwell County
“The funding from NCCF was a blessing when we needed it most,” said Debbie Eller, Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Caldwell County Caldwell Friends Inc. “The money we received was truly a blessing and allowed us to stay in operation when the future of our program was quite bleak, said Chassidy Barnhardt of Caldwell Friends Inc. “We are so very grateful to have been given this financial gift and it has helped us so immensely.”
Family Care Center of Catawba Valley
“The grant gave us a chance to breathe and not worry about operational costs while we figured out what was next,” said Jane Earnest, Executive Director of Family Care Center.