During this pandemic we are all being hit hard, but those most vulnerable are the individuals who live paycheck to paycheck, have lost income from their jobs, and especially those who are ineligible for stimulus checks or unemployment due to immigration status or because they don’t file tax returns due to their low annual income. We created the COVID-19 Relief Fund because there are families who need help now. They need immediate assistance to keep the lights on, gas in the car, food on the table, and a roof over their heads.
This is why we are pleased to announce our newest grants from the COVID-19 Relief Fund during this crisis – those for individual assistance. We are granting $100,000 for immediate relief for individuals and families countywide. We are partnering with three non-profit organizations to ensure the most vulnerable residents in every Mendocino County community have access to assistance. Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund will be serving residents from Elk to Westport; Mendonoma Health Alliance will be assisting South Coast residents; and North Coast Opportunities will help inland residents. These organizations are our partners in ensuring these relief funds go directly to those most in need and if you know someone in desperate need due to this pandemic, please let them know where to go for help.
These three organizations are among the many local non-profits that are working overtime to ensure our most vulnerable neighbors are taken care of. We encourage you to support all of our local non-profits. They are critical. If you would like to make a countywide impact towards basic needs of those who share your streets, your stores, and your community, please consider a contribution to the
COVID-19 Relief Fund
. We know $100,000 is a drop in the bucket and would like to be able to extend several more rounds of funding for food relief and individual assistance over the next few months.
Our vision has always been to help Mendocino County thrive. We have been committed to this vision during good years and recessions. We will continue this commitment through the pandemic crisis and in the years to come while our community regains its footing. We know there will be more need than we can address as the waves of this crisis hit us. But we can meet this moment, the one that lies directly before us, with a spirit of generosity and care for our neighbors.