Weld Recovers Fund allocates initial 87K to local nonprofits

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Thirteen nonprofits in Weld County received $87,000 from the Weld Recovers Fund: COVID-19 Relief in the first round of funding. Introduced by the United Way of Weld County (UWWC) and the Weld Community Foundation in March, more than $110,000 has been raised for round 1. Distribution has begun to Weld nonprofits involved in supporting populations affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

In the first round of allocations, $87,000 is going to the following:

  • A Woman’s Place cleaning supplies, shelter utilities, and food
  • 60+ Ride food and prescription assistance for those 60+ years of age
  • Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado rent and utility assistance, medical cost relief, internet access, and transportation costs, up to $200 per household
  • Weld Food Bank The Kids Backpack program 
  • Salvation Army of Greeley, CO food supplies and delivery, sanitation and hygiene supplies 
  • WOMEN TO WOMEN one time grants up to $750 to women in need 
  • Boys & Girls Club of Weld County supplies for “Be Great Boxes” 
  • Jobs of Hope, Inc rental and job assistance 
  • Carbon Valley Help Center rent/mortgage/utility assistance 
  • Almost Home, Inc rent/mortgage assistance
  • Northern Colorado Veterans Resource Center shelter, employment assistance, work supplies, food, transportation, and crisis intervention for veterans impacted by COVID-19
  • Salud Family Health Centers Telehealth services 
  • United Way of Weld County Island Grove Stay-in-Place Homeless Shelter

The committee reading the grant applications and deciding nonprofit distribution is comprised of UWWC board members, WCF board members, and community-at-large participants. They are Junior Barrios (WCF), Julie Constance (WCF), Scott Young (WCF), Julie Cozad (UWWC), Patty Gates (UWWC), Tom Norton (UWWC), Nomie Ketterling (community representative), and Christine Richardson (community representative). 

“The level of need our nonprofit agencies are experiencing is overwhelming and the stories are heartbreaking. By working together, the United Way Of Weld County and Weld Community Foundation can maximize community resources, assure coordination and non-duplication of services and outreach,” said Jeannine Truswell, president and CEO of UWWC. 

“Thirty-four agencies applied for funding with requests of almost $500,000. We thank the generous donors who have provided some relief to these organizations who are working so hard and doing all they can. The needs are still great. We encourage anyone else willing to give to do so now, and we sincerely thank you in advance for stepping forward,” said Rand E. Morgan, president and CEO of Weld Community Foundation. 

The fund is still open and accepting applications on a rolling basis. The next deadline for nonprofit applications will be Wednesday, April 22 with another round of distributions being decided by the committee on April 24.